social systems
Presented and curated by ProjectBase

After six years of planning and development and the investment of nearly £4m, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange opened to the public on Sat 7 Jul 2007. Three important international commissions launch the gallery as part of the multi-site exhibition social systems, curated and delivered by ProjectBase.

social systems
reveals new work by international artists and artists' collectives who use a series of processes to develop products, systems, and tools to create situations in which visitors are invited to participate or perform. This in turn activates the artwork, giving it meaning and altering its form. The exhibition responds to the potential of everyday life practices – a social sculpture in process.

Christine Borland’s work is associated with the systems and processes that provide the basis of our society. Over a 3-year period Borland has worked in residency at the Peninsula Medical School at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, to develop new work in which the audience is invited to participate. Using video projection, sculpture, sound and found objects she explores the subject of ‘practice’.

Hassan Hajjaj moved from Marrakesh to Britain in his teens, growing up amid the emerging club culture of London, absorbing the music and styles of reggae, hip hop and world music. Hajjaj playfully applies new technologies to redefine the imagery that pervaded his childhood. For social systems Hajjaj has created a chill-out zone in which visitors can sit, talk, relax, read and listen, thereby questioning whether an art gallery can be more than a gallery.

Eloisa Cartonera is a not for profit art collective which evolved in response to the political and economic situation in Argentina in 2001. Based on the belief that art is a social-cultural process, Eloisa Cartonera challenge conventional ways in which individuals, society and culture might interact. For social systems Eloisa Cartonera has transformed The Exchange into a workshop; working with local people to realise a publishing venture and develop activities around their work. In the spirit of cultural exchange,

Eloisa Cartonera has also commissioned new Latin American texts to be translated into Cornish dialect and new texts in collaboration with Cornish writers’ collective Scavel An Gow.

What: social systems
Further details:
- Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange Gallery website
ProjectBase website
Tel 01736 363715

Christine Borland
Where: Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, TR18 5PZ
When: Continues until Sat 16 Sep 2007, Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 4pm

Who: Hassan Hajjaj / Eloisa Cartonera
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL
When: Continues until Sun 2 Sep 2007, Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 4pm

Associated events:
- Workshops with Eloisa Cartonera on Weds and Suns
- Scavel an Gow's Shop of Stories: Sun 2 Sep 2007
- Dr. Alan Bleakley discussion: Mon 20 Aug 2007