Adam Chodzko is an artist working across media, exploring our conscious and unconscious behaviours, social relations and collective imaginations through artworks that become speculative forms of ‘social media.’ Exhibiting work nationally and internationally since 1991, his work wonders how, through the visual we might enhance our perception, creating better connections with others; what might we be becoming?
Chodzko often engages reflexively and directly with the role of the viewer so that the work appears to be in the process of ‘making itself’ through looking. His practice takes personal experience into ‘science fiction’ or ‘speculative fiction,’ following a path in the present towards its alternative realities, its hyperstitions. Ephemeral communities are frequently generated by Chodzko through processes of ‘making together’; assemblies of owners of a particular jacket and a reunion of the children ‘murdered’ in a Pasolini film; a god look-alike contest; lighting technicians asked to advise on the light in heaven; a London gallery’s archive given to a group of Kurdish asylum seekers to edit and hide outside the capital; the multi-faceted Design for a Carnival, the evolution of a communal ritual event for the future including Settlement, the legal purchase of a square foot of land as a gift to a stranger, Nightshift, a late night parade of nocturnal animals to the Frieze Art Fair, London and M-path, the collection and distribution of perception-changing footwear for gallery visitors. More recently a trilogy science fiction video and mixed media works, Hole, Around and Pyramid, have all explored a narrative of art (through a state of ‘future ruin’) becoming a vehicle for a community’s collective mythology as a way to break ‘bad patterns’ or deviate from a ‘bad path’, whilst Echo, The Pickers and Ghost elaborate these themes through excavating processes of memory, empathy and the imaginary and redressing perceptions of trust, the active and passive. Because…, 2013 (at Tate Britain) and We are Ready for your Arrival, 2013 (at Raven Row) and A Room for Laarni, Image Moderator, 2013 (at Marlborough Contemporary) further develop these ideas through manifestations of the unconscious relationships between individuals and groups; their excesses, dreams, connections and disappearances. The latter work explores the relationship and flow of images between a western European social-networking site (for teenagers) and an image moderator, based in the Philippines, whose job it is to monitor this flood of digital photographs, in order to flag up those whose contents might be deemed ‘bad.’ Deep Above (2015) and Rising (2013) continues to expose this process of making sense of imagery focusing this research into our collective and individual responses to the threat of climate change. These works speculate that, inadvertently, a repurposing of ‘art thinking’ might be the only way of short circuiting the psychological paralysis to act caused by our brains’ particular path of evolution, while Sleepers (2016) explores our empathic projection towards the unconsciousness of others. Channel, Rupture, 2015 and Design for a Fold, 2015, both continue Chodzko’s speculations about the affects of flows of empathy across time and space and between the local and the remote. Many of Chodzko’s works evolve through this sense of projecting outwards from the self into the perception of, not only other people, but also the inanimate through migratory embodiments with objects, rooms, places, institutions, images. Recent works have continued explorations into the relationships between place (particularly the idea of ‘the garden’), perception, identity, mythology, ritual, language, the body and the unconscious (eg; A Hostile Environment (2019), Fluid Dynamics; The Quail is Rising (2020), O, you happy roots, branch and mediatrix [live](2020), and Thru hole I blind/O/Thru hole oui see (2020)).
Adam Chodzko’s studio is located in several physical, virtual and fluid sites, many of which can be toured from where he lives in Whitstable, Kent. A studio visit involves Adam sharing both his expanded sense of ‘studio space’ and the creative processes that takes place within it.
Since 1991, Chodzko has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including: Tate Britain; Tate, St Ives; Raven Row, London; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo); The Benaki Museum, Athens; Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale; Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Luzern.
Recent projects include commissions by Creative Time, New York, The Contemporary Art Society, Wellcome Trust, Frieze Art Fair, and Hayward Gallery. Chodzko has been included in many British Council curated international exhibitions of British Art, from “General Release,” 1995, at the Venice Biennale, to “Micro/Macro: British Art 1996-2002,” 2003, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, “Breaking Step,” 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, and “Private Utopia,” 2014, Japan.
In 2002, he received awards from the Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, and in 2007 was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury. In 2015, Chodzko was shortlisted for the Jarman Awards. In 2016 he received a DACS Art360 Award to develop a comprehensive archive of his practice.
Chodzko’s work is in the collections of the Tate, The British Council, The British Film Institute, The Arts Council, APT, Auckland City Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Society Collection, The Creative Foundation, Frac Languedoc-Rousillon, GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Grizedale Arts, MAMBo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Plains Arts Museum, North Dakota, USA, Saatchi Collection, South London Gallery, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, The Wellcome Trust and international private collections.
Adam Chodzko’s unique, virtual studio visit will run approximately 1 hour. The visit will consist of the following:
Teleconference in to Chodzko’s studio. He will discuss his work, such as upcoming, current and past exhibitions and projects, and some influences related to his artistic practice, conceptual framework and process:
Adam Chodzko’s studio is located in several physical, virtual and fluid sites, a number of which can visited where he lives in Whitstable, Kent. Some of these sites are also open to remote visits, led by Adam, via Zoom or Skype.
These interactions last for one hour and involve Adam sharing both his expanded sense of ‘studio space’ and the creative processes that take place within it, in order to gain an insight, together, of what he is making right now, in the present.
After the visit has been booked, and two days before the appointed virtual meeting, the visitor will be sent an email with links and passwords to unique video material made by the artist specifically for this form of studio visit. The visitor will also be sent an audio message which contains, among other things (eg., some music, and some suggestions for food and drink to be consumed during the online meeting), a series of informal questions, addressed to the visitor, which can be responded to before the visit begins. The virtual studio visit will then become partly directed by Adam according to these responses. Each visit is therefore individually tailored to each guest.
Once government advice allows and in-person visits can take place, Chodzko will offer the following in-person visits:
There are two options of duration for these unique one-to-one studio visits: 3 hours or 6 hours.
3 hour studio visit:
The visit will consist of the following (depending on time, weather and mood) and not necessarily in this order:
Meet at Whitstable Station (1hr 20mins from London, direct); Adam will collect you and take you to his home to meet Ushi, a cat, and to look at a novel in woodcuts from 1930 and some other key images.
He will ask you a lot of questions about your life.
Adam’s sons may hand you something, and his partner, Gretchen, an actress, may tell you something in a particular way. Adam might show you a very short film.
You will eat some oysters (if you like oysters) on the beach and Adam will take you for a very good coffee and cake to discuss his most current works in progress weaving this discussion into previous works.
There is a walk, set in the future, to a particular place along the shore between Whitstable and Faversham where he will show you a particular combination of sea, mud, ruins, the Isle of Sheppey and a new power station etc.
You will both drink something, then he will return you to where he met you.
6 hour studio visit:
The first part of the tour is similar to the 3 hour studio visit (depending on time, weather and mood), but then:
You will both drink and eat something. Adam will discuss an early performance lecture “Longshore Drift” involving floating Nike trainers and an archive of celluloid images that washed up on the beach.
You will then be taken on a silent walk through the woods. Something will be dug up and given to you. You will then listen to three pieces of music. Adam will read to you a series of short texts, then will take you to a pub on the beach for a drink at sunset.
Possibly a fire is lit on the shore.
Adam will then return you to where he met you.
In response to Covid-19 and following government advice, all studio visits will be virtual until further notice and prices have been adjusted accordingly. After selecting your studio visit date and time and upon your Booking Request being accepted by the artist, you will receive an email with a unique link to Google Hangouts, Skype or Zoom where Adam Chodzko will be hosting his live virtual studio visit with you.
Cancellation policy – Any studio visit can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the studio visit starts.
Please note, Booking Requests may take up to 48 hours for confirmation by the artist. Your payment will not be taken until your Booking Request is confirmed. If you would like to make a Booking that will take place within 48 hours, you may do so however it is at the discretion of the artist to confirm in time.