Aping the Beast - Camden Art Centre

British artist Serena Korda produced an ambitious, theatrical rendering of animal symbolism and folklore in Aping the Beast.

The central spectacle was a towering monster puppet handmade in latex, reminiscent of early B-movies such as Godzilla or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Within all her work Korda was interested in the way secular beliefs and superstitions are channelled through images in popular culture.

Two new films starred symbolic mystical creatures – a feline psychic who reveals his remote healing powers and a bristling tarantula which parades alongside dancers and musicians taking part in a cult-like ritual in a nondescript village hall. These works and a series of performances involving the monster expanded upon ideas of the spirit and fears of the unknown which are confronted through imitation, spectacle, ritual and humour.

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Serena Korda and Central Saint Martins: Balancing Act

Wednesday 21 May 2014, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Artist Serena Korda and students from Central Saint Martins, UAL presented live works in the Central Space and Bookshop. Students were invited to respond to the recent Nina Canell and Silke Otto-Knapp exhibitions, through workshops and studio practice.

Café opened until 10.00pm with The Playlist by Serena Korda

The Playlist: Serena Korda

Wednesday 21 May 2014, 7.00 – 10.00pm
For the duration of the exhibitions, the Café opened until 10.00pm on Wednesdays and selected artists have put together the soundtrack for the evening. Sometimes live, always interesting, the Playlist was the best jukebox there is.

Full list of Playlist artists:
16 April: Georgie Manly
23 April: Phillip Lai
30 April: Moyra Davey
7 May: A Practice for Everyday Life
14 May: Caroline Achaintre
21 May: Serena Korda
28 May: Judith Brocklehurst
4 June: Jesse Wine
11 June: Zoe Leonard
18 June: Camilla Wills
25 June: James Smith