Art Show Review - Debuts

It was all about debuts at this June’s edition of Digbeth First Friday: the coming of Summer, the Flux opening exhibition of Room 7 and an exciting preview into Supersonic Festival from Gorillabot band.

The evening started with the performance of the British and Romanian poets as part of the PoetryArtExchange project, inviting the audience to a passionate intercultural dialogue. Juxtaposed words and sounds filled the air through a vocal and instrumental delirium, while the artists’ body movements took control of the Centrala’s ground floor, intriguing the spectators.

Upstairs, another performance was animating the exhibition space - improvisations of Natalie Garrett and Polly Hudson in response to the mixed media artwork, including installations and paintings. The show was organised by Room 7, a collective of 7 local curators exploring their ideas and practices through interdisciplinary nature and a sense of innovation. Balancing the static of the artworks and the dynamic of the bodies, the art show became an immersive environment which the audience seemed to experience in a positive way.

The way out was actually a way in - into the explosive sounds and energy of Gorillabot, hijacking both musical and visual conventions of live bands through self-reflective humour.

Overall, these highly intensive artistic moments of the Centrala have made it the nucleus of the Digbeth underground art landscape, and made it gravitate around.

Interesting art shows happened simultaneously across the quarter, tackling and representing various issues of contemporaneity in an original manner.

Next Digbeth First Friday: 7th July. Save the date!

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