John Powell-Jones: CYBERJUNK late opening with live soundtrack
2nd December 2021
- Wheelchair Accessible
Enjoy a late opening of the CYBERJUNK exhibition at Castlefield Gallery accompanied with live audio performances by John Powell-Jones and Lauren de Sá Naylor.
John Powell-Jones’ first major solo exhibition CYBERJUNK includes 3D and 2D animation, life-size characters, a comic book, ceramics and tufted wall hangings. His work is informed by the ways in which dominant ideologies and power structures influence our perceptions of reality. In particular, how the warped western view of progress and success affects our understanding of morality. These ideas are explored through the use of speculative fiction, taking inspiration from European folklore, body horror, survival horror and science fiction. Powell-Jones aims to form a dialogue with our present and an imagined dystopian future in which the horrors of capitalism and neoliberal ideology are present as cyborgs, demons and maggots.
Lauren de Sá Naylor writes prose and poetry; she also makes film and audio collages with interacting layers of electronic sound, voice and field recordings. Her work is informed by mythopoetics, myth-making, world-building and how these practices relate to her understanding of herself. Drawing from oneiromancy (a form of divination based upon dreams) and biophilia (the belief that humans are predisposed to seek connections with nature and other forms of life) her practice is a way to think through how we relate to the world, our sense of embodiment within it and our subjectivity.
What to expect at this Late Opening event – Venue capacity will be limited and walk-ups may not be possible. We recommend that guests pre-book and attend for the time specified on their ticket. – The performance will repeat three times and for each of the time slots. – To maintain access for all, the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory whilst indoors, unless a person is exempt for reasons related to their age, health, or disability.