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a project by Maike Zimmermann

22 March  – 1 April 2018

Private View 22 March 2018 from 6.30 – 8.30pm
with an introduction by Sarah Turner

Open daily from 12noon to 5pm (closed Monday)

Artist Maike Zimmermann's latest project [city]Frequency, a multichannel audio visual installation, is a poetic, psychogeographic engagement with urban spaces.

Based on the artist’s personal travels and experiences in New York, [city]Frequency develops into an abstract narrative with an observational, anthropological  perspective. Viewers experience overlapping narratives of the artist's city explorations revealed by audio textures such as layers of field recordings, spoken word as diary entries and excerpts of interviews that engage in a dialogue with the visuals. The visual content becomes a multi-layered and elliptical montage slowly revealing meaningful hints of individual pasts marking a 'trace', a 'punctum' in time and so gradually unfolding a meaning, a story.
The interviews with New York residents talking about their most significant place in the city (at times touching on issues of gentrification/environmental pollution) include a tattoo artist growing up on the Bowery in the 70's, a nun living in the West Village during the AIDS epidemic and an activist living on Gowanus canal. In juxtaposition to their stories, the footage includes views of how the spaces appear today.

[city]Frequency examines our emotional response to cities as places of transition and how we experience them through memories. Every city has a different feel and triggers certain emotions linked to memories and experiences only inherent in that particular space and time. In an age of fast and aggressive change it is important to keep up a discourse about spaces and their authenticity (history) through our memories. There exists a ‘feel’, an emotional level for a space to stay alive so we can remember: Where am I? Why am I here? What means the place for me? To make oneself aware of one ‘s own experience. “Frequency” means an unconscious, human, emotional disposition in relation to the city: as a longing/nostalgia. New York (still) embodies this as the 'City of Dreams' for many people.

A photographic triptych selected from the artist's urban haiku series will also be on display providing an integral contextual part of the exhibition experience. http://maike-z.com/haiku-series

[city]Frequency seeks to engage a diverse audience through a workshop on Sound and Site (led by sound artist Iris Garrelfs) and an Urban Walks programme (curated by Carmen Billows) in London (Hackney Wick/Wapping/Aldgate area). Please scroll down for further information:

Events in conjunction with the exhibition:

Urban Walks curated by Carmen Billows
23 March, 2pm– Andreas Lang: Notes from the Temporary City (Hackney Wick)
24 March, 11am – Stephen Watts: From Earth to Air: A Walk from Wapping to Aldgate East
For RSVP,  please contact aptlondon@btconnect.comor check out the A.P.T Facebook event page

Workshop on Sound and Site led by  Iris Garrelfs
25 March, 10am – 4pm at A.P.T Gallery
For bookings,  please go to:
Eventbrite  or check out the A.P.T Facebook event page

Artist Talk with Maike Zimmermann
31 March, 1 – 2pm at A.P.T Gallery

Urban Walks: A Walk to the Edge of the City
Cities like London or New York are similar to living organisms: Complex and subject to never-ending, rapid changes. Walking as an artistic research attempts to make sense of our position in the city and to find alternative ways of discussing space and environment.

How do we navigate urban space? What is the essence of a city, how do urban circulatory and structural systems operate? Finally, what are the current issues at stake with large-scale regeneration projects that add to a general feeling of unease?

In a two-day series of guided walks, led by urban researcher and architect Andreas Lang and poet Stephen Watts, London as an example of a mega-city becomes the object of research. Walking London areas - Hackney Wick and Wapping/ Whitechapel - that are currently severely effected by regeneration processes, will allow us to map and transcribe the changes that those areas are currently undergoing.

Walk 1: Notes from the Temporary City
Friday, 23rd March, 2 - 5pm
Meeting point: German Deli, Hackney Wick http://germandeli.co.uk
Please RSVP via: aptlondon@btconnect.com

"Notes from the Temporary City" takes you on a tour of a neighbourhood on the cusp of change. It will take you from Queens Yard, Hub 67, to Grow Hackney, Swan Wharf, Save Hackney Wick, Stour Space and back to the German Deli. It provides a complex picture of the dynamics reshaping contemporary London, from the pressure of market forces to new structures of governance and the ingenuity of its residents.” (Isaac Marrero-Guillamón)

Walk 2: From Earth to Air: A Walk from Wapping to Aldgate East'
Saturday, 24th March, 11am  - 2pm
Meeting point: Wapping Station
Please RSVP via: aptlondon@btconnect.com

The walk will begin at the shoreline in Wapping, looking out towards Canary Wharf/Isle of Dogs and over-viewing development along that part of the Thames over the past 40 years. We will then progress slowly via Shadwell & the Cable Street Mural towards Aldgate East, where commercial, global development is both worryingly intense and mesmerising. Throughout the walk, which will intentionally pass by trees and close to public housing, we will try to compare the very local with the 'global', focusing on the effects of the latter on social histories and architectures. The walk will end at the rapidly changing Aldgate East & Toynbee Hall, currently a building site of ongoing development impinging the lives and work of artists and communities based there: after which we may adjourn to a cafe or bar for further talk. 

Workshop on Sound and Site (led by  Iris Garrelfs)
Sunday, 25 March, 10am – 4pm at APT

This one-day workshop is led by Iris Garrelfs and will provide you with an introducton to exploring site specificity through sound, as a sense, a socially engaged method for exploring sites and communities, and an artistic medium. We will prioritise our ears through exercises and a sound walk, and explore how we can collect, curate and communicate site. Collecting site may include recording environmental sound, interviews, or sounding architecture; curating site looks at creating a unified work from the material; and communicating site explores strategies to employ in site-specific performance or installation. This workshop will focus on the aspect of collecting site, firstly by familiarising ourselves through listening, then recording interviews, environmental sound, collecting objects and other materials. We will briefly look at curating and communicating site.


Carmen Billows is a curator, currently based in Berlin, specialising in the moving image. She has an academic background in Cultural and Curatorial Studies from Universität Bremen, Germany and the Royal College of Art, London, UK. As an independent curator she has curated various exhibitions and film screenings internationally in London, Berlin, Paris and Bangalore. Her film screenings and exhibitions are mostly concerned with urbanism and notions of space in artists' moving image, film performance and site-specific video installation, but also with the transition of different film forms from the cinematic to the art gallery context. www.carmenbillows.com

Iris Garrelfs is a site-responsive sound artist active across performance, installation and fixed media. Through listening she explores relationships with the world; her understanding of place includes people who, through their ideas or presence, participate in creating it. Her work establishes experiences, environments for listening and has featured in major institutions worldwide, for instance the Onassis Centre Athens; Transmedia Borders Mexico, International Computer Music Conference New York; GSK Contemporary - Royal Academy Of Arts; Rencontres Internationales; Tate Britain; National Gallery.  She is the commissioning editor of the open-access journal Reflections on Process in Sound and lectures in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. .www.irisgarrelfs.com/

Urban researcher and architect Andreas Lang has taught Architecture at numerous institutions including the Architectural Association, the Royal Collage of Art, and Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. He is currently head of M ARCH Architecture and teaches within the MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation. He is co-founder of public works (2004), a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the terrain between art, architecture and research. Lang's work has been exhibited widely in architectural exhibitions and the art context such as the prestigious Venice Biennale (2012), Serpentine Gallery (2004), Folkestone Triennial (2008), the British Art Show (2005/06) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016). He was included in the Guardian’s portrait of key players in British Architecture (2012).

Stephen Watts is a poet, editor and translator. He has lived in Shadwell in East London for the past 40 years, but is also very familiar with remote, non-urban landscapes and his writings reflect intimately the interfaces between landscape, memory and language. Recent books include 'Ancient Sunlight' (2014), 'Republic Of Dogs/Republic Of Birds' (2016), recent co-translations are of the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh and the Syrian poet Golan Haji. An interview with Watts by Pippa Marland and a long poem, both on the Little Toller website, are very pertinent to the proposed walk. Watts was a friend of Max Sebald and is writing a study of the latter's fictions.

Maike Zimmermann studied Photographic Studies (MA) at the University of Westminster in London. In 2013 she completed her Meisterschüler Degree in Art and Media at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She has received numerous awards, including the Grants for the Arts and the Artist International Development Fund from the Arts Council England, DAAD Promos Travel bursary and the micro bursary from the Bremer Film Fund. She has been part of international exhibition and residency programmes including in Norway, New York and Berlin.