LONDON, ENGLAND.- Slash Fiction explores the critically reflexive ways in which artists utilise mainstream cultural and social structures. The selected artists operate and participate within major systems or languages such as party politics, advertising, colonisation and the World Wide Web. The results are of ten implicitly challenging to the ways those systems work.
Slash Fiction will present works by six international artists. Janek Simon s use of information and materials gained only from the internet will demonstrate how easy it is to make almost anything given enough time, patience and bandwidth. Liu Chuangs conceptual works allow the viewer to perceive the extent and pervasiveness of large systems, through smaller events and acts. Philippe Parrenos The dream of a thing will be screened at local cinemas during the advertising break, using the visual language of advertisements to sell something unspecified. Hu Xiangqians video Flying Blue Flag documents his bid for mayor in his local elections, energetically campaigning by promising commercial regeneration, pushing gently on religious tensions and simply of fering to buy votes. Wang Wei will transform the architectural grammar of the exhibition space with his ambitious exhibition design. The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland will annex Gasworks as a territory for the duration of the exhibition*.
Slash fiction is a genre of fan fiction in which characters from popular culture are homoerotically re-cast according to the desires of its usually female authors. It can be considered a kind of minor literature: a form of literature written by the minority in the language of the major group, capable of unsettling its coherence. Slash Fiction presents strategies that are similarly minoritarian actions not within linguistic but within social, cultural, digital and political structures.