Wouldn't it be nice...Wishful thinking in art and design

17 September-21 December 2008

This major exhibition of art and design presented a subversive and constantly-changing programme of events and performance. The galleries came to life with work from Ryan Gander, Jurgen Bey, Dunne & Raby with Michael Anastassiades, Bless, Dexter Sinister, Alicia Framis, Martino Gamper, Marti Guixe, Tobias Rehberger, Superflex and Chosil Kil.

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An exhibition by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and Emily King in co-production with the Haute école d l’art et de design – Genève and the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.

September
Ongoing Exhibition
17 September-21 December 2008
Embankment Galleries

The Embankment Galleries came to life with work from 10 leading artists and designers. Visitors could jump on Bless' life size leather and foam car, devise new games with Ryan Gander's cards and experience Dunne & Raby's Robots, each with their own personality.

The MacGuffin Library, Noam Toran and Onkar Kular
Wednesday 17 September - Sunday 5 October
The Studio

The MacGuffin is a cinematic plot device that sets and keeps a story in motion. This library of 20 objects was based on fictional film plots, and designed, manufactured and catalogued in the gallery. There was a fully working laboratory where you visitors watched the collection of objects being created on-site in a rapid proto-typing machine.

October
Ongoing Exhibition
17 September-21 December 2008
Embankment Galleries

The Embankment Galleries came to life with work from 10 leading artists and designers. Visitors could jump on Bless' life size leather and foam car, devise new games with Ryan Gander's cards and experience Dunne & Raby's Robots, each with their own personality.

The MacGuffin Library, Noam Toran and Onkar Kular
Wednesday 17 September - Sunday 5 October
The Studio

The MacGuffin is a cinematic plot device that sets and keeps a story in motion. This library of 20 objects was based on fictional film plots, and designed, manufactured and catalogued in the gallery. There was a fully working laboratory where you visitors watched the collection of objects being created on-site in a rapid proto-typing machine.

Cocoon, Chosil Kil
Tuesday 6 October - Sunday 26 October
The Studio

Chosil Kil’s cocoons visualise the assimilation process of a foreigner arriving in a new city. By assembling locally found materials (in this case debris from the Skin and Bones exhibition), she created a new shelter in a week-long residency.

Talk: Dunne & Raby
Thursday 16 October, 18.30-19.30
The Screening Room

In conversation with Embankment Galleries curator Claire Catterall.

Dot Dot Dot Magazine Evenings
Wednesday 29 October, Thursday 30 October, Friday 31 October
The Studio

Click here for full details. Dexter Sinister organised three nights of talks, which created the content for the next issue of internationally renowned arts journal Dot Dot Dot. Dexter Sinister effectively composed a 'live' issue of the complete journal, existing in 'real' time before being hardened into printed form.

November
Ongoing Exhibition
17 September-21 December 2008
Embankment Galleries

The Embankment Galleries came to life with work from 10 leading artists and designers. Visitors could jump on Bless' life size leather and foam car, devise new games with Ryan Gander's cards and experience Dunne & Raby's Robots, each with their own personality.

An Inventory of Aliases (åbäke and friends)
Monday 3 November - Sunday 16 November
The Studio

Click here to download full listings 14 days, 14 different events including: Kitsuné’s All Day Disco (disco ball included), årälien Froment exhibition, cutting edge architecture magazine Sexy Machinery editorial meeting and a virtual tour of On Purpose, an exhibition curated by åbäke at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol.

Trattoria Al Capello
Monday 3 November
The Studio

Designer Martino Gamper and friends designed every aspect of the guerrilla restaurant, including the furniture, tableware, cutlery and food. A one-off dining event in the gallery.

Social Pasta
Friday 7 November
The Studio

Graphic designer Alex Rich and friends prepared and served food to accompany a movie, with food chosen to reflect the story of the film.

Talk: Ryan Gander
Thursday 20 November, 18.30-19.30
The Screening Room

Artist Ryan Gander in conversation with Wouldn’t it be nice... curator Emily King. Gander discussed art and design in relation to the themes of the exhibition, as well as his own practice and projects.

Ryan Gander & Europa
Saturday 22 November, 13.00-18.00
The Studio

Artist Ryan Gander and graphic design collective Europa hosted a cards tournament. The newly-devised card game was played with double-sided playing cards invented by the artists.

The Conformitory: Nature Contained
Thursday 27 November - Sunday 7 December
The Studio

Visit The Conformitory where designers Julia Lohmann and Gero Grundmann worked in residence making natural objects conform to human standards; laminating leaves and performing plastic surgery on branches.

December
Ongoing Exhibition
17 September-21 December 2008
Embankment Galleries

The Embankment Galleries came to life with work from 10 leading artists and designers. Visitors could jump on Bless' life size leather and foam car, devise new games with Ryan Gander's cards and experience Dunne & Raby's Robots, each with their own personality.

The Conformitory: Nature Contained
Thursday 27 November - Sunday 7 December
The Studio

Visit The Conformitory where designers Julia Lohmann and Gero Grundmann worked in residence making natural objects conform to human standards; laminating leaves and performing plastic surgery on branches.

The MacGuffin Library, Noam Toran and Onkar Kular
Until 21 December 2008
The Studio

The MacGuffin is a cinematic plot device that sets and keeps a story in motion. This library of 20 objects was based on fictional film plots, and designed, manufactured and catalogued in the gallery. There was a fully working laboratory where you visitors watched the collection of objects being created on-site in a rapid proto-typing machine.

Talk: Jurgen Bey
Thursday 11 December, 18.30-19.30
The Screening Room

In conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic of the International Herald Tribune.

Super Christmas Market
Friday 19 December, 18.00-21.00 - Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December, 10.00-18.00
The Studio

£2 entry

Unique gifts and one-off design pieces bought directly from designers including Lady Luck Rules OK and Martino Gamper.


Our media partner for this exhibition was Icon Eye:

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