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In the Beginning / 24 October - 16 November 2008

'In The Beginning..' Invite


Alex Hardy, Oliver Kossack,

Wayne Lloyd, Abigail Reynolds,

Michael Stumpf

Curated by Chris Barr










Plan 9’s autumn programme continued to offer a platform for artists, writers and curators seeking to examine the diverse modes of artistic production practised today. By bringing together the work of leading visual artists from London, Glasgow, Bristol and Leipzig this group exhibition set out to examine the use of narrative and language within the systematic methods of production, which for each artist, form a unique vocabulary of values.

By placing emphasis upon the languages associated with artistic practice and its critical reception the exhibition sought to engage with some of the pre-suppositions surrounding the attempt in art to ultimately provide a self–sufficient meaning. The pursuit of an exclusive point of origin or original guarantee for all meanings has characterised western thought since Plato, yet the work selected for In the Beginning… reflected the growing critique of this pursuit as a fundamentally repressive philosophical tradition. The question remains however, whether any attempt at critique can completely escape the pervasive nature of the system it wishes to discredit.

For further information on the featured artists please follow the hyperlinks:

Michael Stumpf:

Abigail Reynolds:

Wayne Lloyd:

Oliver Kossack:


Installation detail of 'In the Beginning.. Installation detail with work by Michael Stumpf and Oliver Kossack