Exhibition, radio and events: Rest & its discontents

30 September – 30 October 2016

Rest matters to everyone. Its presence, absence and quality affects mind, body, culture and society. Rest & its discontents explores the dynamics of rest, stress, relaxation, sound, noise, work and mindwandering in an evolving laboratory of moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and debate.

Rest & its discontents features the work of over 25 contributors including Nina Garthwaite’s radio for mind wanderers Default Mode Radio Network; Christian Nold’s audio installation and noise-monitoring network Prototyping a new Heathrow Airport; Tamarin Norwood’s video Sleep Studies I–V; andPatrick Coyle’s thirty-nine floating solar-powered objects alluding to the categories of labour prohibited on the Sabbath.

Rest & its discontents draws on Hubbub’s research and explores the art, science and culture of rest, stress, noise and mind-wandering. The exhibition is accompanied by an event series, details of which are below. Unless otherwise stated, events are free, held at Mile End Art Pavilion and are ticketed (see each event for booking information).

Exhibition

Opening hours 12.00-18.00, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Late opening: Thursday 6 October, until 21.00.

The Mile End Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY United Kingdom

Admission is free.

Radio

Claudia Hammond finds out what rest means in the modern world, with the help of psychologists, artists, poets, neuroscientists, musicians, historians and sociologists.

Download the post casts here.

Events

ANATOMY OF REST: THE REST TEST RESULTS

SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 14.00–16.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Wellcome Collection

Reading Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond and celebrity guests reveal the results of the largest ever survey on rest.

MINDWANDERING: GOOD FOR THE MIND?

TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Psychiatrist Philip Asherson, radio producer Nina Garthwaite and literary scholar Shannon McBriar discuss mind-wandering. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

FIRST THURSDAYS

THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 18.00–21.00 | Free event.

Late exhibition opening, with live poetry and performance from James Wilkes, Emma Bennett and Ella Finer from 19.00.

HUBBUB AT KINGS PLACE

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER, 20.00–21.30 | £6.50 | Tickets available from King’s Place

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Rest, noise, activity and stillness explored through contemporary composition, improvisation, performance and film by Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, SJ Fowler and Phil Minton, Tamarin Norwood, Emma Bennett, James Wilkes, James Weeks, Bill Thompson and EXAUDI.

RECLAIMING OUR LIVES

WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER, 18.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Activists, artists and academics debate anti-work politics and practice. With Ray Filar, David Frayne, Vera Weghmann, Paulo Plotegher, Boycott Workfare, Job-de-Centre and Mental Health Resistance Network.

SELF TRACKING

THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | | Free event. Tickets available from Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Broadcaster and writer Claudia Hammond, sociologist Farzana Dudhwala, researcher Phoebe Moore and sports journalist Vassos Alexander discuss the impact of the Quantified Self movement.

THE MEDITATIVE RESPONSE

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER, 14.30–15.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Workshop led by composer, percussionist and poet Eugene Skeef using rhythmic meditation to create a collective experience akin to the ‘relaxation response’. Introduced by historian Ayesha Nathoo.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: ANTI-WORK CABARET

WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER, 19.30–21.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Singer Jessica Walker and pianist Joseph Atkins perform a cabaret of songs about resistance to work – from Kurt Weill and Dolly Parton to Pirate Jenny and Morrissey.

MUSIC FOR GALLERIES

THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER, 20.00–22.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Explore the exhibition to the accompaniment of live ambient and electronic music from Darkroom.

THE INNER EARS

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER, 20.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Close your eyes and open your ears as you embark on a sonic exploration of restless inner worlds with In the Dark radio.

THE HUBBUB OF NEWS

WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 19.00–20.30 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Journalists and psychologists including Charlie Beckett, Denise Baden and the BBC’s Reeta Chakrabarti discuss the daily hubbub of news that disrupts our lives.

SOLIDARITY

FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER, 19.00–21.00 | Free event. Tickets available from Eventbrite

Lynne Friedli, author of the World Health Organization report Mental Health, Resilience and Inequalities, invites activists from all causes to explore and celebrate solidarity in the face of the increasing precarity and insecurity of our times.

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