Anna Ådahl



Common Patterns (2015)
Common Patterns (2015)
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. 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.