…football and other sports feature in NN’s Multiverse season.
Playworld is a group exhibition featuring artists working with roller derby, football and other sports, games and their subcultures. Sports and pursuits have rules that govern them, they become micro worlds within the world but the cultures spawned by them bleed out into the rest of reality.
Roller derby encourages empowering alter egos through skate names and personas. The real world is left outside; all that matters is what happens on the track. Ellie Harrison (aka Ch£apSkate), an artist and skater with Glasgow Roller Derby, established the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) during her residency at Glasgow Women’s Library in 2012.
The two Northamptonshire roller derby leagues, the Shoetown Slayers and Vendetta Vixens, have helped select the exhibits from the NMRD alongside Ellie Harrison and Catherine Hemelryk, the curator of the project and skater with London Rockin’ Rollers. Many of the exhibits illustrate the grass roots and creative nature of the sport and the impact it has had on the lives of the skaters. The Northamptonshire leagues are contributing their own items to the NMRD, and NN are inviting submissions of roller derby memorabilia for the NMRD archive on 20 September 2014.
Jamie Shovlin’s new body of work follows the Leicestershire Under 16s football team, the Anstey Swifts. NN will be screening Shovlin’s first film from this, his new series. Phillip Marsden, meanwhile, turns computer games from his youth into the subject matter for tattoo art. Zelda, Street Fighter and Super Mario all feature in his ink drawings.
Role Playing Games are being created during this exhibition, in which players adhere to their internal logic. Entire worlds with complex infrastructure and altered metaphysics exist through shared consent. Other games and sports will also be present in the show.
Events to accompany the project include roller derby life drawing, meet the skater events,
screenings and more.
Opening night: Friday 25 July 2014, 6pm–8pm. All welcome.
For further information about the project and NN visit www.nncontemporaryart.org
NN is a contemporary art space in the centre of Northampton.
Opening times: Wednesday–Saturday 11am–6pm Sunday 2pm–5pm
NN is supported by:
Arts Council England Northampton Borough Council Northampton County Council University of Northampton
For further information and photographs please contact:
Press Assistant, NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP, UK E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01604 638944