Black Dogs – Poles
Friday 14th December, 5–11pm & Saturday 15th December 12–6pm
Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS
Warwick Bar welcomes Black Dogs, an art collective formed in 2003 in Leeds. Their output has included formal exhibitions, relational and participatory installations, public events and interventions, publications, video, audio works and records and collaborative learning projects.
Art collective Black Dogs presents a two-part installation reflecting on the complex and messy dynamics of the festive period. In part one, the audience are invited to navigate the Garden of Unwanted Gifts, a graveyard of all the presents that were ‘not quite right’, accompanied by signs and anecdotes that explain the reason for their redundancy. Those that endure the journey are rewarded with part two; a short sharp shock of intensified Christmas spirit that distils the sugary warmth of time spent celebrating with friends and family. The subject matter has been informed by a public call for anecdotes and stories on gifts and journeys. The audience are invited to contribute their own tales at the end of the experience. Whilst Black Dogs are sceptical of the idea that there is any one true meaning to the festive period, they hope this installation brings you a step closer to finding your own.