Disordered & Reconsidered

17 June 2016 to 30 July 2016

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning

June 17th 2016 - July 30th

"Constituting an archive represents a significant moment, on which we need to reflect with care. It occurs at that moment when a relatively random collection of works, whose movement appears simply to be propelled from one creative production to the next, is at the point of becoming something more ordered and considered: an object of reflection and debate." 
Stuart Hall - Constituting an Archive - Third Text, Spring 2001

Disordered and Reconsidered, curated by agency for agency, is the first public exhibition of the year-long project Possible Futures at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning. After 28 years of renting, 198 recently established themselves as the new owners of their building.  To mark this significant moment Possible Futures invites curators, artists and audiences to explore the artistic legacy of 198, beginning with its unofficial archive, in order to consider possible new modes of practice and to contribute to the re-imagining of 198’s future in the arts and local community.


Founded by locals Noel Morgan and Zoe Linsley-Thomas in 1988, the space was originally known as Roots Community, a West Indian social club where dominos were played, jazz filled the air, meals were shared and people came together for good times.  It was in 1998 that the space became a gallery exhibiting works by black (Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority) artists and working with schools, young people and the local community in a number of artistic and creative projects.  Artists such as Fowokan George Kelly, Jaimini Patel, Faisal Abdu’ Allah, Sonia Boyce, Aya Haidar, Aubrey Williams, Susan Stockwell, Larry Achiampong and Barbara Walker have all exhibited in the gallery.


Disordered and Reconsidered, is an archive exhibition that delves into the boxes, opens the press books, browses project documentation, recalls histories and names those who have worked with 198. There is an invitation to visitors to join us to explore the material, learn more about the gallery and it’s work over the last 28 years and to think through the opening of the  archive, the Possible Future of 198 as it moves into this next stage of organisational development.  


Disordered and Reconsidered opens on the 17th June with a symposium with contributions from David A Bailey, Rita Keegan, Ben Cranfield and Chandra Frank and others exploring the importance of archives for reflection on what has been and how these may inform how we move forward.  There will also be performative artist and curator responses to the archive by Delaine Le Bas and Junior Boakye- Yiadom at the opening of the exhibition on the 17th June and Amal Alhaag and Raju Rage on Saturday 18th June.


Please keep an eye on the website for more details of  other events and public programmes.  Disordered and Reconsidered continues until the 30th July.


agency for agency are a new collaborative project with artist Barby Asante, curator Teresa Cisneros and producer Jessica Harrington. All three practitioners have worked on a number of personal and collaborative projects with artists working in visual art, social practice, live art and performance. agency for agency work is  about practice in relation to place, identity and notions of culture.