London | Play: Group Show

9 October - 13 November 2009

"A happier age than ours once made bold to call our species by the name of Homo Sapiens. In the course of time we have come to realize that we are not so reasonable after all as the Eighteenth Century, with its worship of reason and its naïve optimism, thought us; hence modern fashion inclines to designate our species as Homo Faber: Man the Maker. But though faber may not be quite so dubious as sapiens it is, as a name specific of the human being, even less appropriate, seeing that many animals too are makers. There is a third function, however, applicable to both human and animal life, and just as important as reasoning and making - namely, playing. It seems to me that next to Homo Faber, and perhaps on the same level as Homo Sapiens, Homo Ludens, Man the Player, deserves a place in our nomenclature."

Johan Huizinga, 'Homo Ludens: A Study of Play-Element in Culture.'

Paradise Row and Prakke Contemporary proudly present Play, a 'pop-up' group show and program of performances and events themed on the subject of Play.
Group Show featuring:

Johanna Billing, David Birkin, Justin Coombes, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Shezad Dawood, Todd DeLuca, Edward Fornieles, Margarita Gluzberg, Stephane Graff, Nicholas Hatfull, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Holler, Evan Holloway, Sol LeWitt, Ross McNicol, Gosha Ostretsov, Guillaume Paris, Fedor Pavlov‑Andreevich, Barry Reigate, Gary Webb, Ulrik Weck, Douglas White, Conrad Shawcross, Tim White-Sobieski, Richard Wentworth and Aaron Young.

Performance program curated by The Wallis Gallery (Vanessa Carlos, Ross McNicol, Edward Fornieles) featuring:

Awst & Walther, LPR Homer, Alexander Brenchley, Lee Campbell, Mary Cork, Eloise Fornieles & Kate Hawkins, Ian Giles, Alex Groves, Kirstie Macleod, Harry Meadows, Kerry Leatham, Von Morgan, Steven Ounanian, Olympia Scarry, Patrick Shier, Amelia Whitelaw, Jack Catling, Julia Calver & Esmeralda Valencia, William Kherbek, Katie Guggenheim and more.

Play is generously sponsored by 'Bespoke by Brigitta Spinocchia'

9 October - 3 November 2009 - the show has now been extended until Friday the 13th November and may be viewed by strict appointment only. Please call or email Manuela Villaescusa if you would wish to arrange a visit:


50 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 2BS

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