Bunker Mentality

A four day video art exhibition in a labyrinthine 2nd World War bunker in Dalston, East London.

at The Bunker

Featuring: George Barber, Duvet Brothers, Joey Holder, Matthew Johnstone, Alexis Milne, Gorilla Tapes and Nicola Woodham

The exhibition traces a lineage of video montage from 1980's artists such asThe Duvet Brothers and Gorilla Tapesto artists currently subverting appropriated footage such as Joey Holder, Matthew Johnstone, George Barber, Alexis Milne, and Nicola Woodham.

The title Bunker Mentality refers to a defensive state of mind, needed in order to resist and compete with the pervasive media spectacle of advertising, television and film. Video art has been responding to this assault since the 1980’s through subverting found footage in the spirit of Situationist détournement. The aspirations and promises played into living rooms via video cassettes and television could suddenly be re-appropriated, re-sequenced and jump edited to represent a counter-cultural voice and explore new aesthetic relations.Artists such as The Duvet Brothers and Gorilla Tapes have greatly influenced the next generation of video artists who were growing up in the Thatcherite 80’s and the Blairite ‘90s. This exhibition attests that video detournement is still a relevant tool in the current conservative climate. Further, these techniques gain new ground in the current decade, as these artists grapple with subjects such as subcultural uprising and neoliberal downsizing.

Bunker Mentality

Opening Times
Preview: Thursday 7 June, 6-9pm

8 - 10 June 2012
Daily, 12-7pm

The Bunker
The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL