21 March 2017

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Cinema poster by Shakeeb Abu Hamdan. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

The multiplex does not. It is not. If a multiplex really multiplexed – the way for example a video editor or a telecoms engineer would understand that term – something different would happen after your ticket was torn. This receiving station for commercial films would combine all of the signals it received into a single feed, the way a telephone wire carries many calls at once. – Mike Sperlinger, 2014

LUX and LUX Scotland are pleased to present MULTIPLEXING II, an itinerant moving image project developed by artists Richard Bevan, Rebecca Birch, Kathryn Elkin, Ian Giles, Thomas Lock, Edward Thomasson, Richard Whitby and Rehana Zaman. Using the architecture of a multiplex cinema as the site for a conversation between seven works, the viewer is invited to move between separate screens of the cinema. The event reconstitutes the industrial structure of the multiplex as portmanteau – seven works as one work.

Bevan, Birch, Elkin, Giles, Lock, Thomasson, Whitby and Zaman were participants of the LUX Associate Artist Programme in 2012 – 13. LUX’s unique post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image was facilitated by the influential artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, Ian White (1971 – 2013) from 2007 to 2013. MULTIPLEXING emerged from this programme and was first presented at PeckhamPlex in South London in late 2014. Presented for the first time in Glasgow four years after White’s untimely death in 2013, this restaging provides an exciting opportunity to reflect on his legacy – in particular, his approach to group learning and radical pedagogy.

A commissioned text by curator, writer and former LUX Associate Director Mike Sperlinger and cinema poster by artist Shakeeb Abu Hamdan are also integral parts of the live event, expanding the space of the screen, not only in terms of composition, but also of collaboration.

MULTIPLEXING II coincides with the launch of the publication Here Is Information. Mobilise. (LUX, 2016), which brings together for the first time a selection of Ian White’s hugely influential writing on art and the moving image. A special night of music, video and performance celebrating the life and work of White will take place at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow on 21 March from 7pm and will include presentations from Giles Bailey, Adam Benmakhlouf, Kathryn Elkin, Luke Fowler, Kaisa Lassinaro, Mason Leaver-Yap, Conal McStravick, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger and Corin Sworn.

MULTIPLEXING II is supported by the Elephant Trust. With thanks to Cineworld.