Anna Ådahl



Snapshots from exhibition Common Patterns
Common Patterns
CCA Derry-Londonderry exhibition Common Patterns including works:
Crowded Excercises I (video 10 mins, 2015) 
Ornamental Wall (sculptural installation, 2015)
Bollards (installation, 2015)
Arms and hands (collages, 2015)
Common Patterns is an exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Anna Ådahl. Using video, sculptural works, and readymade 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.

Crowded Excercises I, 2015. Exhibition view at CCA Derry-Londonderry.
Common Patterns includes a video work shot in London, developed during a workshop made by the artist together with dancers at the 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. 

Installation including Bollards and Ornamental Wall, CCA Derry-Londonderry 2015.
Also included in the exhibition are two sets of sculptural work: an arrangement of locally sourced street bollards, and a structure made of decorative 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.

Ornamental Wall, installation 2015. Exhibition view at CCA Derry-Londonderry.