Besides - Camden Art Centre

London-based artist Phillip Lai is known for a diverse practice often emphasising spatial experience, situation and encounter as materials.

His work brings about a sense of itinerancy and estrangement in its particular use of familiar objects, arranged incongruously, altered or reproduced, pushing them to the point of abstraction.

This exhibition of work created specifically for Gallery 3 proposed states of inhabitation and enclosure, resting visually between the industrial and the domestic. Lai uses contrary aesthetics to disruptive effect, introducing implausible moments into the experience of the work and opening it up to our imaginative involvement.



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Panel Discussion: Slowness in the Digital Age

Saturday 14 June, 2.00 – 4.00pm
This cross-disciplinary discussion focused on the Slow Movement which has emerged as a reaction to the speed of our modern age, an idea that resonates with the work of both Moyra Davey and Phillip Lai. A series of short presentations culminating in a panel discussion, this event welcomed four guest speakers to examine ideas of ‘slowness’ in the context of a digital age.

Speakers include: Art historian and critic Marcus Verhagen, who chaired the panel discussion and presented on ideas relating to the slow and fast of contemporary art; Richard Kerridge, nature writer and Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, considered ‘slow literature’; Carolyn F. Strauss, founder and Director of slowLab, talked about slow design and the role it plays in activating and amplifying the potentials of slow knowledge; Manu Bazzano, writer, Zen monk and psychotherapist, drew on Zen practice, contemporary philosophy and psychotherapy to explore ideas of time, memory and how the speed of capitalist culture can affect modern living.

Programmed alongside the exhibitions in the galleries by Moyra Davey and Phillip Lai.

Tickets: £7 / £5 Friends and Concessions

Included a complimentary drink in the Café

Broadcast live at

Eligible Concessions and Refund Policy
Full time students with NUS cards; in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, income support, job seekers allowance, a state pension; registered disabled. Please bring evidence of your concessionary status and show it to the Bookshop staff at the event. Please note that we are unable to give refunds unless the event is cancelled.

Films selected by Phillip Lai

Sunday 15 June, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Phillip Lai selected two films to accompany his exhibition: Nightfall (Bas Jan Ader, 1971) and Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, 2003).


Exhibition Tour: Sophie Williamson

Sunday 29 June, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sophie Williamson, Exhibitions Organiser at Camden Art Centre, led a tour of the exhibitions on the final day.

Moyra Davey: life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece

Phillip Lai: Besides

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