Beyond Breaking Point

Beyond Breaking Point

Beyond Breaking Point is our upcoming digital programme curated by artist Sophie Lindsey. It will take place between March-April 2022, and will consist of a series of online exhibitions, events and interventions that draw on themes of food, futures and biodiversity.

Through considering how work structures and attitudes can nurture unsustainable approaches, expectations and practices, Beyond Breaking Point will question how we can care for our environment when struggling to care for, and sustain ourselves.

Work structures = unsustainable

 

 

Just as ecosystems need biodiversity to be healthy, we need variety in our lives to thrive; however, pressure to be productive can dominate, with work taking priority over nourishment, relationships and wellbeing.

Work is one element of life, but it can also be a defining part of our identity, and an inescapable exchange for money, security, safety, and care. We are taught that if we love what we do, we will never work a day in our lives, but this love often comes with unconditional self-sacrifice; and we all have our limits.

With overworking being increasingly normalised, and sometimes expected, this pressure builds as we push ourselves individually, and our environment collectively, to breaking points. But why should we accept the exhaustion that comes with staying on this treadmill?

A mind map of exhibition themes: motivation, exhaustion, body/emotion, pressure, rest, gentle, routine, pace, status quo, adulthood, crip time, treadmill

Beyond Breaking Point will bring artists Bingyi Liu, Ruth Waters, Paul Shortt and Aminder Virdee together in a series of online exhibitions to consider what happens beyond this exhaustion; what is/isn’t necessary for recovery; what new models are needed; and how to critically consider our capacity moving forward.

 

Programme 2022

A series of webpages that will host video work, live screenings, printable posters, and texts, will be gradually launched between March – April 2022.

Given that this programme is exploring unsustainable work structures, models and demands, we are working at a slower pace to ensure that we response to the capacity of each participant. This means specific dates will be released gradually so that we can maintain a level of flexibility.

14 MarchBingyi Liu Exhibition goes live!

28 MarchRuth Waters Exhibition goes live!

31 March, 7pm – Emotion over Raisins, live screening

11 AprilPaul Short Exhibition goes live!

Elements from the exhibitions, and wider projects will be shared across our digital platforms. Follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out.