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See Gillian Wearing’s Dancing in Peckham at Zabludowicz

How do we experience a single moment in time? That's the question Kentish Town's contemporary gallery is posing

Gillian Wearing, Dancing in Peckham, 1994. Colour video with sound. Credit © the artist, courtesy Maureen Paley.

Yet another provocative free show at Kentish Town’s cavernous gallery, A Minute Ago considers the idea of transience: how do we experience a single moment in time, and then process, communicate, and reconstruct it?

Once again, there are lots of short films and video performances in both the main room and its various cubby holes, including BritArt legend Gillian Wearing’s seminal Dancing In Peckham (pictured above) from 1994, a 25-minute long piece in which she throws shapes to the noises in her head (she practised her moves, apparently, by dancing in the mirror to her favourite tracks by Queen and Gloria Gaynor).

There are also live art practitioners in situ: you can, for example, have your picture taken holding a mug in Irene Ros’ interactive Who Will Drink The Tea?

The show is curated by students at Central Saint Martin’s, who’ll also contribute performance works, and features Oliver Beer, Helen Benigson, Pipilotti Rist, Rachel Rose and Abi Spendlove.


Meanwhile, in the smaller Invites gallery, is Siobhan Coen’s mesmerizing light installation, in which coloured pixels pulse and morph in front of the viewer’s eyes.

All in all? Your attention will be held for, ooh, well over sixty seconds.

A Minute Ago, until 25th Feb, free entry. Open Thurs – Sun (12-6pm), Zabludowicz, 176 Prince Of Wales Road NW5

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