Nothing Happening is a one-night performance and installation event inviting visitors to consider political and social states of inertia. Artists have been invited to present works where potential is delayed or thwarted, promises are unfulfilled and limits are placed on bodies. Nothing Happening is a meditation on instances of neglect, boredom, apathy, inactivity and paralysis. We aim to frustrate desires, experiment with temporality and consider the provisional and contingent. Value is placed on the invisible: the way an artist might affect a group dynamic, a social situation or a change of energy. Slipped in between Kings’ monthly exhibition program and planned with no budget, Nothing Happening is aesthetically lean and barely there.
For one night only, Kings ARI will be host to discreet works that engage with social concerns, from Sonja Hornung’s Emptying Flags to Kerrie Poliness’ Volcanic Plains shelters. Additionally, conceptual works by absent artists, such as Kim Donaldson and Matthew and Tim Goldberg, will be on display, as well as enigmatic, barely perceptible performances by Sam George and Klara Kelvy. Gallery-goers will have to seek out some works, including videos by Lara Thoms (with Kate Balckmore) and Ibby Okinyi, and Amy Spiers’ work on Twitter.
Curated by Amy Spiers and Anusha Kenny