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Department of Geography

'Rest & its discontents' - a new exhibition on rest, stress, noise & mind-wandering at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London

(16 September 2016)

Exhibition Flyer

Hubbub, one of our Department's large interdisciplinary projects (which has spent a two year residency in The Hub at Wellcome Collection) explores rest and its opposites in neuroscience, mental health, the arts and the everyday. Hubbub has developed a new exhibition - Rest and its Discontents - that runs 30th September - 30th October, 2016 at the Mile End Art Pavilion in East London. Senior researcher Dr James Wilkes, an Associate Director of Hubbub, and the arts lead for Hubbub, has worked with curator Robert Devcic (of GV Art) to develop the exhibition and the events series.

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.

The exhibition features the work of over 25 contributors including Nina Garthwaite's radio for mind wanderers Default Mode Radio Network; James Wilkes' vinyl window text The lathe had melted, drawing on the Peckham Experiment archives; Hilary Powell, Hazel Morrison and Felicity Callard's The Cubiculum, an interactive media installation that explores the history of mind wandering; Christian Nold's audio installation and noise-monitoring network Prototyping a new Heathrow Airport; Tamarin Norwood's video Sleep Studies I - V; and Patrick Coyle's thirty-nine floating solar-powered objects alluding to the categories of labour prohibited on the Sabbath.

The exhibition is accompanied by an event series, details of which are on the exhibition flier. Unless otherwise stated, events are free, held at Mile End Art Pavilion and are ticketed (see each event for booking information).