The Gift is a new installation for Bloomberg SPACE comprising a four-channel video, photography and a set of objects on plinths by Melanie Manchot.
The Gift is the final commission for the 2015 series The Homecoming, a programme of four projects at Bloomberg SPACE that explore and respond to the history and architecture of the City of London. The work draws inspiration from the communities that are intrinsic to the City but are also outside its dominant narrative; gardeners from The Friends of City Gardens, students majoring in electronic music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the bespoke tailors of Couch and Hoskin.
The Gift is presented in two spaces; the first replicates a television studio, where visitors become the studio audience, watching a split screen film of the debate, as three monitors showing the conveyor belt of objects, moves game-show style like an endless ticker tape. The debate is punctuated by sonic portraits of the City, composed by the Guildhall musicians. The second environment is a museum-like space presenting a selection of the objects, low lit like painterly still-lifes. On a nearby wall, arranged in rows, are black and white portraits of the gardeners, musicians and tailors of the City, resembling the head shots of actors or employees.
Melanie Manchot’s project is a fitting conclusion to The Homecoming series. Responding to the archaeological, architectural and societal histories of the City of London, and drawing on diverse interpretations of value, The Gift is a multi-layered exploration of the taxonomy of one of the world’s most crucial centres for exchange in terms of real and symbolic currencies and information.
The Gift by Melanie Manchot
Private view: 7th October, 6-8pm
8th October – 19th December 2015
Open Monday – Saturday ‐11:00 – 18:00
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