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8th October 2015, 3:15pm
Adventure Ahead for Gymnasium arts programme
Gymnasium - Adventure Ahead A film installation by acclaimed visual artist Annika Eriksson which weaves together science fiction with documentary footage to create a thought-provoking vision of the future will open to the public later this month.

The installation, called Adventure Ahead, is derived from footage from the Media Archive of Central England (MACE) based at the University of Lincoln, which holds a huge array of vintage films from amateur and commercial sources.

The work adapts footage from a variety of sources – including Children Rule 2080, a 1980s science-fiction TV film featuring children in a futuristic world – to merge past and present, challenging viewers to imagine what our future might be like.

Running from 16th October to 14th November 2015, the free exhibition takes the form of a looped film and will be shown at The Old Liberal Club, St Swithins Square, in Lincoln city centre, between 11am and 4pm from Wednesday to Saturday.

“The Media Archive is a fantastic repository of all kinds of films. It has been a pleasure to work with such inspiring material,” said Annika, a Swedish artist living in Berlin.

The installation forms part of the Gymnasium contemporary art commissioning programme, which brings together leading international artists in ‘imagining possible futures’ inspired by the ideas first put forward in Magna Carta 800 years ago.

Curated by Jeanine Griffin, Reader in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Lincoln, Gymnasium is funded by Arts Council England, together with the Henry Moore Foundation, The Elephant Trust, The Heslam Trust, the Magna Carta 800 Trust and the Goethe Institute.

Jeanine said: “The MACE archive is such a valuable resource, offering insight into the history of our region and it is wonderful to see it used creatively by an international artist in a new work for Lincoln.
“Annika’s work is often concerned with loops of time and hallucinations of unrealised futures, considering the future from the present by means of the past. We will do a workshop with young people to allow them to have the chance to use their imaginations and examine the same ideas.”

Over the years Annika has produced a large number of works in which the perception of time, structures of power, and visions of society are called into question. A selection of those works will form an exhibition at the University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus gallery.

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