Anna Ådahl



Common Patterns, solo exhibition at the CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

CCA is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Anna Ådahl.
Using video, sculptural works, and ready-made objects associated with methods of control, order, decoration and display, Common Patterns examines the conditions of the ‘mass ornament’ (a notion developed in the early twentieth century by cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer).
The exhibition explores how urban patterns and the choreography of our bodies in the city shape our behaviour and further our subjecthood. It acknowledges the gallery as a space where movement is negotiated and constrained; where the presentation of materials is regulated and brought into physical relationship to the viewing body.
Common Patterns includes a work filmed in London that incorporates sequences shot during a workshop organized by the artist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Contemporary Dance. The film offers a protean insight into how individuals and collective masses are coordinated; how public space is abstracted and human movement is reduced to the rational, symmetrical choreography that is favoured by late capitalism. Also included in the exhibition are two sets of sculptural work: an arrangement of locally sourced street bollards, and a structure made of ornamental plaster cornicing with styles that derive from Edwardian and Victorian periods, as well as those from the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement. These works not only present themselves as physical barriers to the movement of the body, but also point to the relationship between the decorative expression and ideology of public space. The context of Derry~Londonderry, with its histories of colonialism and architectures of control, provides a further activation of these ideas.
Common Patterns opens on 6th June from 7pm to 9pm, and continues until 25th July. The opening will be preceded by a walking tour and conversation at 6pm between the artist and Declan Hill of the Forum for Alternative Belfast, looking at the specific choreographies of the built environment in Derry city centre. Please contact for further information.
CCA’s library space will feature a film and a selection of publications made by IOE magazine editors Jonas (J) Magnusson and Cecilia Grönberg. OEI is a magazine, publishing house and platform for extra-disciplinary spaces and de-disciplinizing moments; experimental forms of thinking; montages between poetry, art, philosophy, film, and documents; editorial enunciations and aesthetic technologies, alternative historiographies and speculative ethnography.