8 October - 25 October 2015
Beatrix Kiddo is Black Mamba, Black Mamba is The Bride, The Bride is the bleep, the bleep is Beatrix Kiddo.
Her name - like language itself is a container, a system. When spoken out loud her name gains form and creates a trace. Beatrix Kiddo (primarily known as The Bride), codename Black Mamba is the central character in Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2. Beatrix's name is initially audibly masked from the audience with a bleep. Quentin Tarantino's handling of her name signals to us the power that spoken words can have; so powerful that at times Beatrix feels the need to hide behind a codename or Tarantino restricts our ability to hear her name.
Words create networks of connected links that join together to build a map- each word linking to the one behind and the to one in front. Even if we don't speak or understand a language, our foreignness to it sets up a web of associations and reactions- we shift between understanding, listening and merely hearing.
'Beatrix Kiddo' considers both the physicality of language and the act of listening - the works presented engage with the formal structure of language whilst playfully questioning our relationship with it - inviting us to rethink our relationship with how we hear, respond and connect.
Online work: http://bayofbiscay.co.uk | Scott Massey
Ian Giles (born 1985) lives and works in New York and London. Recent solo exhibitions include: Free Time, Poole Museum, Poole, Supported by Arts Council England (2015); The In Between, Carroll/Fletcher, London (2013). Selected group exhibitions include: m-Health, Cell Project Space, London (2015); The Decorator and the Thief, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2015); Selected IV, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); Congratulations, you are the most recent visitor, OUTPOST at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (2013); 21st Century Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012); Arrives in Starting, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012); BP Saturdays: We Are Temporary Structures, Tate Britain, London (2012); Object Subjects, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2010) and Whitstable Biennale (2010). He was a LUX Associate Artist 2012/13. Residencies include: Centre of Contemporary Art Glasgow (2013). Ian graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, London MFA (2012) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London BFA (2008).
Scott Massey (born 1983) lives and works in London. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2011. He has recently shown work at The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow; CCA Glasgow; Annuale 2014, Edinburgh; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee; Granby Park, Dublin; TAP, Southend and Nurtureart, New York. In 2014 he took part in the Outpost/FKSE exchange residency to Budapest and a research residency to Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2011) and he went on an Escalator retreat at Wysing Art Centre, UK.
Rory Pilgrim (born 1988) he currently lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and London, UK. Selected Solo exhibitions include Site Gallery, Sheffield UK (2015), Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2015), sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014) and Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2014). Groups shows, performances and screenings include Land Art Live, Almere NL (2015), MING Studios, Boise USA (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht NL (2014), Rowing Projects, London UK (2013), Kunst Werke, Berlin DE (2013), Fare, Milan IT (2012), and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012). Residencies include Flat Time House, London UK (2015) and RAW Material Company, Dakar SN (2014). In 2014 Pilgrim was awarded the C.o.C.A Stichting Award and was also been nominated for the Volkskrant Kunst Prize in 2012. From 2008-2010 Pilgrim was a resident at De Ateliers Amsterdam after graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2008.
Maxwell Paparella (born 1991) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has given presentations at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; HQTBD and The Spotty Dog ,Hudson, NY; and Direct To Video at The Byrd Theater, Richmond, VA; He received his B.A. in Film & Electronic Arts from Bard College in 2013.
Tom Varley (born 1985) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent exhibitions include: Electric Indigo (with Mark Briggs), Glasgow Project Room, (2015); Glossolalia, Tramway, Glasgow, (Solo, 2014); Well Done, Rhubaba, Edinburgh, (2013); Violence Silence, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, (Solo, 2013); Tom Varley, Glasgow Project Room, (Solo, 2013). Selected screenings include: CCA Glasgow (2014); ICA London (2014); Standpoint, London (2014) and Volkesbuhne Pavilion Berlin (2013). Tom has contributed texts to the journals Gnommero and The Burning Sand and was the reader for Tramway Artists’ Moving Image Festival (2013). Current and forthcoming projects include: The Syllabus, Wysing Visual Arts, UK; Flip Project Space, Naples and Apartment Projects, London.