Selected by Simon Starling, Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts) brought together works by 30 artists and designers, revisiting the rich history of the Centre by showing fragments of exhibitions from the past 50 years
These works were reinstalled in the exact positions they previously occupied and Starling has chosen new works by artists as an imagined future for the Centre’s exhibition programme.
The ideas and methods used by Starling in his own work, as well as the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and George Kubler, form the premise of the exhibition. The works, though spatially and historically remote all, in themselves, push and pull at our understanding of linear time. Their coming together invites us to consider how artworks prevail amidst the procession of historical change.
Simon Starling completed a residency at Camden Arts Centre in 1999 and returned with a solo show in 2000.
Mike Nelson returned for a four-week period to recreate his seminal work A studio apparatus for Camden Arts Centre; an introductory structure: Introduction, a lexicon of phenomena and information association, futurobjectics, (in three sections), mysterious island*, or Temporary monument, originally made during his residency in 1998. The completed work can be seen in Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts). The project and residency are supported by Outset Residency Fund.