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Mat Jenner: Days

Exhibition dates: 25 July - 5 September 2015

Preview: Friday 24 July, 6:00-8:00pm

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) is pleased to present Days, an exhibition of new work by the London based artist Mat Jenner. Responding to the NGCA's occupation of the top floor of Sunderland City Library, the artist has reimagined the gallery as a communal space that encourages visitors to lounge, socialise and spend time.

Central to the exhibition is Jenner's on-going project FOAM, a peripatetic collection of commissioned artist's sound works. Initiated by Jenner in 2013, the project is at once an archive, sculpture and performance that foregrounds the physical and social aspect of listening and artistic experience. With over 120 artistic works accumulated so far, each work is presented as a unique, one-off 12" record, which visitors are invited to select and play within the gallery space. Significantly, the project is devised in contrast to the pervasive availability of digital media content. Each record is unique, neither replicated or broadcast online and can only be listened to in situ in the gallery space.

Central to Jenner's work are questions concerning distribution and display. What does it mean to work against easy access to content? What power does the aura of an original have in the age of the digital copy? FOAM attempts to manifest slowness as an aesthetic and political counter point in an era when speed and immediacy is expected and demanded.

To coincide with the exhibition the NGCA, in collaboration with Jenner are proud to announce a series of newly commissioned sound works including contributions by Paul Becker, Graham Dolphin, Ruth Beale, Frances Scott, Harry Burke and Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson.

Artists that have contributed to FOAM to date include: 
Agata Madejska, Alice Theobald, Alice Gale Feeny, Alistair McClymont, Anna Barham, Anne Hardy, The Asterism, Aura Satz, Benedict Drew, Berry Patten, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Brian Moran, Bronwen Buckeridge, Cally Spooner and Peter Joslyn, Candice Jacobs, Cecile B Evans, Charlie Woolley, Charlotte Prodger, Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Amnesia Scanner, Chris Rawcliffe & Andrew Bunsell, Connie Butler, Kilian Immervoll & Sophie Lee, Daniel Keller, David Raymond Conroy, Dawn Scarfe, Dexter and Finbar Prior, Diana Policarpo, Emma Hart, Erica Scourti, Fay Nicolson, GandT, Giorgio Sadotti, Hannah Black, Hanna Schwarz and Phillip Sollmann, Haroon Mirza, Hayal Pozanti, Heather Phillipson, Holly Antrum, Holly Slingsby, Ian Whittlesea, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jack Brindley, Jack Stokoe, James Prevett, Jenna Finch, Jess Flood Paddock, Jesse Darling, Jimmy Merris, Joey Holder, John Lawrence, Juneau Projects, Kevin Clarke, Kirsty Harris, Koudlam, Larry Achiampong, Lars TCF Holdhus, Lucy Clout, Lumpen Noblemen, Maia Conran, Maria Theodoraki, Marie D'Elbee, Mark Dean, Mark Vernon, Mary Hurrell, Matt Golden, Matthew Noel-Tod, Mike Harte, Euan Rodger & Jamie Shovlin, Mikhail Karikis, Murray Royston Ward, Naive Set & Marijn Van Kreij, Neil Taylor, Nickolas Mohanna, Nicole Bachmann, Nina Wakeford, Octagon Court, Oliver Sutherland, Olivier Castel, Patrick Coyle, Patrick Goddard, Patrick Staff, Paul Purgas, Phil Hession, Philomene Pirecki, Picana Electrica, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Piotr Łakomy & Filip Kaniecki, Plastique Fantastique, Prem Sahib & Richard Lockett, Rachel Cattle & Steve Richards, Rebecca Lennon, Richard Bevan, Richard John Jones, Richard Sides, Rob Chavasse, Rob Lye, Rowena Harris, Ruth Barker, Salvatore Arancio, Sam Belinfante, Sarah Jones, Seb Patane, Sebastian Jefford, Simon Raven, Skye Chamberlain & Max McFerren, Sophie Michael, Squares and Triangles, Steven Dickie, Stewart Home, Stuart Bannister, Tamarin Norwood, Tellervo Kalleinen, Thrape, Tim Pratt, Tris Vonna- Michell, Will Holder, William Evans and Julia Crabtree, Yuri Pattison.

Mat Jenner (born 1976, UK), recent exhibitions include Dreams Time Free at Grand Union, Birmingham, Wish you were here at the ATTIC, Nottingham, and FOAM at Wysing Arts Centre - Cambridge, And/Or and Project Number - London.

Please note that the exhibition opening will coincide with 'Ringbinder' a major solo exhibition of work by Jeffrey Dennis, guest curated by Andrew Hunt.