Having been an intern here at Nottingham Contemporary for about a month now I’m really starting to find my feet in this beautiful building. I’ve got stuck in to a number of tasks, mainly based in the office. I jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand at the private view of The Addressability of Dumb Things, curated by Mark Leckey. Arriving at 4.30, the building was already a-buzz with the pre-show nerves you’d expect of a hotly anticipated opening. After a last minute dash to stick up information posters and most importantly signs leading to the bar, the first Benefactors and Supporters began to arrive. The welcoming team including me and my fellow marketing intern (Josh) took up residency at the front desk welcoming guests.
Before the galleries were opened up to the rest of the guest list it was time for Mark Leckey himself to give the VIPs a guided tour of the weird and wonderful exhibition he has assembled. I was lucky enough to be able to join the crowd and found that Leckey was both humorous and insightful. Whilst talking through the four sections: the Vegetable World, Animal Kingdom, Mankind and the Technological Domain, he described the ways in which technology has created its own consciousness: lifeless creations now demand interaction.
Something which I particularly enjoyed was Leckey’s use of a green screen, identical to those used in creating exotic movie backdrops. In front of it laid an array of body parts, from a replica of the digestive system to the dismembered head of a Doctor Who Cyberman, all forming his representations of “mankind”. What caught my attention about this idea is the notion that all of these body parts could be roaming an infinite amount of locations via the possibilities the green screen brings.
Having soaked in the exhibition it was time to resume intern duties and off I ran to the train station to meet with one of the evenings DJs, NikNikNik. With him coming all the way from London to play for us there was barely time to grab a burger hot off the barbeque before jumping on the decks.
The evening hardly seemed like work at all, especially at the end of the night as I stood with a complimentary drink and burger with some of the friends I’ve made in my time here so far. Over 1,000 people flocked through the doors to enjoy the art and music we provided and I would strongly urge those who couldn’t make it to grab your coat and come pay us a visit, this exhibition is not one to miss.