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CASSIOPEIA : HIP
29 April to 15 May 2016

PV  |  Friday 29 April 2016  |  6.30 to 9pm
SLAM Last Fridays  |  Friday 29 April 2016  |  6 to 8pm
Gallery Open  |  Thursday to Sunday  |  12 to 5pm

Cassiopeia
is Hannah Rae Alton (London), Catrin Morgan (Nottingham),
Amy Goodwin (Cornwall), Irene Vidal Cal (Galicia, Spain),
and Anne Harild (Copenhagen)

Cassiopeia: Hip is the second part of the Cassiopeia project.
As a set of collaborators who not only share research interests but also
particular research methodologies, the exhibition is an opportunity to develop
new ways of communicating these to the public.

Cassiopeia is a constellation of five stars which form an M shape during certain times of year and which, at other points in the year appears as a W. This constellation was one of 48 first described by Ptolomy. Cassiopeia contains Tycho Brahe’s supernova, which flared in 1572 and is still a source of radio signals today. After his death, Tycho Brahe’s body was exhumed twice. Firstly, to discover the circumstances of his death and secondly to find out the material his artificial nose was made of. Cassiopeia is named after a queen in Greek mythology, the mother of Andromeda, who Poseidon tied to a chair and placed in the heavens as a punishment for boasting of her beauty (as she circles the earth she spends half of the year upside down). During World War Two, Cassiopeia was a cargo ship serving the US navy. She received one battle star for her service.

Cassiopeia are Hannah Rae Alton (London), Catrin Morgan (Nottingham), Amy Goodwin (Cornwall), Irene Vidal Cal (Galicia, Spain), and Anne Harild (Copenhagen). Named after a constellation in the Northern hemisphere composed of five stars, the project aims to explore and foreground the importance of research. Taking as our starting point Kenneth Goldsmith’s suggestion in that artists show their research material as work instead of the work itself, this is a show which foregrounds our research prac­tice, using it to demonstrate links between our studio pieces that would not otherwise be immediately apparent. Cassiopeia is a snapshot of our working practice at a particular moment in time, it is a crystal­lisation of our interests which will be visible only for the duration of this exhibition.

As a group of collaborators our interests are in systems of knowledge, particularly those relating to communication and architectural structures. Our work forms a constellation around various research interests. These include:
1. Rulemaking and constraint
2. Modular images
3. Misdirection and cryptography
4. Scientific discovery
5. Radio
6. Hidden histories
7. Narrative
8. The built environment
9. Military history

All of the artists taking part in this exhibition have backgrounds in visual communication and we are all concerned with the way that our images communicate in a range of contexts. We are all at different stages in our careers and we all create works on and with paper. We have different working relationships with each other; both collaborative and educational. Some of us have only encountered each other’s work through research, others have been working closely together for many years.

Cassiopeia: Hip at A.P.T Gallery in Deptford is the second part of the Cassiopeia project. Cassiopeia will continue throughout 2016. In November there will be an exhibition at Guest Projects in Hackney and we are planning to document the year in a publication. Each part of the project is a development of and a response to the last one.