Jeremy Shaw: Dancing, coffee, meditation and spirit ..

Artist and film-maker Jeremy Shaw’s 2017 work Liminals is being exhibited at The Store on The Strand in an exhibition directed by Katharina Worf for König’s off-site exhibition programme which was launched during frieze week in partnership with The Vinyl Factory.


Photo by Alex de Brabant

Originally premiered at this year’s Venice Biennale, the 20-minute film is set against a 1970s cinema vérité aesthetic, and draws parallels between the experimental spiritual gatherings of the ’70s and the effect-laden release of contemporary hedonistic subcultures. It follows a group of 8 dancers as they enact ecstatic rituals in an attempt to access a new realm of consciousness with the potential to save humanity. The second part of a trilogy of work which began with 2014’s Quickeners,

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the work continues the Canadian artist’s fascination with movement, altered states and transcendental experience. Shaw describes his interest in

“working with outmoded mediums, documentary subjects and visual effects – attempting to make succinct, solid works that as such throw the date of production and validity of content into question.”

We managed to catch a few words with Jeremy while he was in London for the opening of his exhibition.

1 Do we need to dance to save humanity?
I think it can definitely help!

2 Do you have a favourite ritual?
I drink coffee every morning immediately following a 20 minute meditation. That’s my current favourite.

3 Who did the voice on Liminals?
Ian Dickinson.

4 Would you have an implant if it helped you switch between AR , VR and R ?
I don’t think so. I’m actually not very into VR yet – it still makes me feel sick – and AR totally freaks me out.

5 What’s you favourite track to get disorientated to?
Can – Future Days Read more about Future Days here: noisey.com/an-appreciation-for-cans-future-days
And Listen Below:

6 When can we see part three?
It opens May 25 2018 at Kunstverein Hamburg

7 Final question – any plans to resurrect Circlesquare?
Not currently, no. All musical focus is on There in Spirit.

Jeremy Shaw ‘Liminals’ “A dystopian vision in movement”
Until – 10th Dec 2017 Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm-7pm Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Studio Ten, Store Studios, 180 The Strand,London, WC2R 1EA

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