Contort Yourself


03 Jun 2010 to 27 Jun 2010
Opening times:

<p>12pm - 6pm</p>


Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

1.30-4.45pm, 5 June 2010
Film screening at Rio Cinema, Dalston, E8 2PB
£4, £3 concessions

Dir: Paul Hasegawa-Overacker & Tom Donahue. 88 min

This film takes an eye-opening look at what happens when a sceptical outsider finds himself romantically involved with the ultimate insider. Filmed over 15 years and including interviews with a veritable who's who of the art and entertainment world (including Ingrid Sischy, John Waters, Robert Longo, Carol Kane, David Furnish, Danny DeVito, and Molly Ringwald), the film paints a vivid picture of the New York art scene that is also a witty, illuminating look at celebrity, male anxiety, and art.

Film screening introduced by Fatso Ustek, Independent Curator and Critic:
Fatos Ustek was born 1980 in Ankara (TR) and is currently based in London (UK); independent curator, and art critic, founder and editor of web-based contemporary art magazine Nowiswere, with Veronika Hauer ( Currently working on three-part seminars Memory-Image-Object for Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; compiling London programme for Vision Forum; and researching for the third part of Now, Expanded, a trilogy of exhibitions on the condition of 'now'.

Lover Other directed by Barbara Hammer

Colour + B&W, Sound, 55 min, 2006

1920s Surrealist artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore come to life in this hybrid documentary. Lesbians and step-sisters, the gender-bending artists lived and worked together all their lives. Heroic resisters to the Nazis occupying Jersey Isle during WWII, they were captured and sentenced to death.

Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Hammer infuses this film with vigor using photographs, archival footage, dramatic interludes of a 'found Cahun script' and unique interviews of Jersey Isle residents who knew the 'sisters'.

In Conversation

6-8pm, Wednesday 16 June 2010
Location: ACME Project Space

A panel discussion on identity trends and categorisations of art chaired by Dr Alison Rowley, Reader in Art & Design, Liverpool School of Art and Design.


  • Dr Anthony Downey, Programme Director, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute
  • Irit Rogoff, Curator, theorist and founder Of the department of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths University, London
  • David Gryn, Director, Artprojx.

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Saturday 19 & 26 June 2010

Location: ACME Project Space Interpretive exhibition tour

ACME Closing Event

Sunday 27 June 2010

Studio Visit and Artist Talk
Location: ACME Project Space
New Commission from Jan Hendrickse

Self Portrait (2010)

Can we claim to possess a stable individual identity that persists in time and do our attachments to ideas or appearances say anything essential about us? To what extent is our sense of self contingent upon our context and relations with others? Is what we say more important than the way that we say it?

Self Portrait appropriates some of the tools of social and consumer research to undermine assumptions about ourselves that we encounter daily. Adopting the form of an automated telephone survey, callers are invited to profile themselves by responding to standardised identity markers, and to leave a voice message.

To participate please call this number: 0203 094 1660*

*Calls are free from all UK landlines. Mobile phone users are advised to hang up after two rings and wait for a call back to participate for free.