Johann Arens

Date 15.04.15

Time 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location Arnolfini


A talk by Johann Arens at Arnolfini on the 15th April 2015.


Johann Arens uses installation and video to survey the documentary properties of public interiors. By systematically re-editing the hardware of a location he draws up an abstract inventory of the social textures inherent in the site. His work is an enquiry into the role of mobile interfaces, the mechanisms of user behaviour and the desire to touch artefacts.

Arens’ employs the language of both sculpture and film and set in motion a direct comparison between visual culture and actual social space. He merges elements of a seemingly incongruous nature; domestic interiors alternate with stylised film props; institutional and scientific work environments transition into exhibition facilities and found memorabilia is reconstructed in computer-generated landscapes. Through a body of work produced in different material and media, visual artefacts are framed in a non-hierarchical order; the object is not approached as a monument but merely as a public situation.

His recent project ‘100 Arches’ is a permanent installation for the two sites of St John’s Primary School in Bristol as part of the Primary Capital Programme, commissioned by Arnolfini in conjunction with Art in the Public Realm Bristol

Johann Arens

Johann Arens (b. 1981, Germany), holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, 2011 and is currently in residence at the British School in Rome. Recent solo presentations were 'Apple and Pear' at ASC Gallery, London and 'Effect Rating' in De Service Garage, Amsterdam, both 2012. Group exhibitions include 'Institute for Mathematical Sciences', Flat Time House, London, 2013; 'Members Show', Outpost, Norwich; 'Young London 2012', V22; 'A useful-looking useless object', Sierra Metro, Edinburgh; 'I'll explain you everythiinnngggg', Chert Berlin, 'New Contemporaries', ICA London, 2010 and 'No Soul For Sale' Festival at Tate Modern, 2010. Arens will be attending the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, in 2014.


Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £5 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.