Jet Black Futures I

A special tour of Keith Piper's exhibition.

at Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, Gasworks and Pump House Gallery present a special incentive to visit all 3 contemporary art spaces across the week of 3 October to coincide with Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2017.

Providing tours of three new commissions and special opening times this is an opportunity to explore the rapidly changing area of Battersea, Nine Elms and Vauxhall and discover some of South London’s most exciting arts organisations.

Keith Piper is a Black British artist of international significance and Mic Drop is the latest digital work in the artist’s oeuvre. Commissioned for Beaconsfield’s cavernous Arch Gallery, the new work takes as its focus a confrontational performative gesture dating back to 1980s Rap and – given the allusions contained within Piper’s exhibition title: ‘the terror of looming ‘black futures’, the ‘tech noir’ of science fiction and the void of global annihilation’ – the mic drop takes on a dangerous edge. Jet Black Futures includes the first London screening of Unearthing The Banker’s Bones (2016), an Arts Council Collection 70th Anniversary commission.

A founder member of the British BLK Art Group (active 1979-1984), Piper is a key British artist and academic figure that pioneered multi-media installation on a digital platform in the UK from the mid 1980’s. More recently, Piper’s research has contributed to the discourses of what has come to be described as ‘Afrofuturism’.

The tour is free.


Opening Times
Event: Friday 6 October, 3pm

22 Newport Street, Vauxhall
SE11 6AY