A Serious Waste of Time (Exhibition) - Closing Event Saturday.

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  1. Hi there,

    please come along to this if you can make it....

    A Serious Waste of Time: (Non-works in Progress)
    Andy Abbott

    In his first solo exhibition Andy Abbott presents a selection of videos, photographs, prints and audio pieces born of four ongoing and intertwined projects. The starting point for each project was a hobby, a spare-time activity or simply slacking off.

    Andy’s interests are in the critical potential of play and time outside work. In an era where work creeps into every moment of our lives and even our self-initiated activity risks being instrumentalised by the State, we might ask what space is left for thought and action that breaks with the market-led, competitive and essentialist logic of capitalism?

    Actions that include regularly cycling along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, swimming in Shipley Pool, walking up the hill to Baildon Moor or playing guitar in a DIY punk band are reframed, translated, expanded and performed in an effort to unpick notions of the authentic ‘post-capitalist’ self.

    In seemingly disparate activities recurring themes crop up and linkages are proposed: between Birmingham Grindcore band Napalm Death and Andy’s falconry enthusiast father; the heavy metal rhythms that are held in the pre-industrial Bell Pits of Baildon and those performed by improvising musicians that swim; and memories of a ‘home’ in the Scottish Highlands embodied in the landscape of the Aire Valley and uncovered by repetitious journeying.

    ‘A Serious Waste of Time’ draws these projects into one space (a former flax spinning mill in Leeds industrial district) to better examine the resonances and discord between them. Whilst autobiographical in the main, the exhibition aims to go beyond a solipsistic self-analysis by proposing that resistance to a capitalist mode of being can be unearthed in the most everyday and innocuous of activities. Such work is never finished, perhaps because it is not best described as work.

    ‘A Serious Waste of Time’ opens at 6pm on Thurs 17th March. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. All are welcome.

    The exhibition then runs from Friday 18th March to Sat 26th March 11am – 6pm daily.

    The location is Number 7 Marshall’s Mill, Marshall Street, Leeds LS11 9YJ (the bungalow on your right as you enter the Marshall’s Mill car park).

    ‘A Serious Waste of Time’ is realised in partnership with ‘Art in Unusual Spaces’ (a Community Interest Company using vacant spaces in Leeds for artistic purposes) and ‘Leeds Creative Timebank’ (an organisation creating a non-cash economy for the creative community in the city) with support from the University of Leeds and Igloo regeneration.

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  2. this is soon. features at least two new that fucking tank tracks covering UK HC bands including kito, voorhees, brown owl, napalm death, stalingrad and scatha and more.

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  3. this opens tonight 6 - 8pm. there will be a performance of the Shipley Pool Song by members of 7 hertz and Chris Hladowski around 7pm. there will be booze while it lasts. hope to see those that can make it there.

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  4. didn't make it down to the opening 'cos of practice - hope it went well... planning to get down in the week.

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  5. coolio, the exhibition is open from 11am to 6pm daily. there'll be a closing event on the Sat 26th as follows:

    --------A Serious Waste of Time Closing Event---------

    For the last day of 'A Serious Waste of Time: (Non-works in Progress)' you are cordially invited to take up the offer of a final chance to see the exhibition and join us for tea, coffee and homemade cake with a talk by Andy Abbott.

    In the talk Andy will attempt to contextualise and provide background to the projects displayed and address some of the questions raised including; 'what does this one mean?', 'what's so bad about work anyway?', and 'what gun did you use to shoot the pheasant to impress your mum?'.

    The exhibition is open from 11am with tea and cake from 3pm. The talk will happen at 4pm and last roughly 40 minutes with opportunity for discussion afterwards.

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  6. confirmed cakes include lemon, vegan carrot, brownies and choc chip cookies for the yanks.

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