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Dream Sigil, Stone Portal

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A new incarnation of Ayesha Tan-Jones' presentation from the Shanghai Biennale 2021

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Private view 3rd November 2021, 18:00-21:00.

Private View: 3/11/21 6-9pm

Exhibition open to the general public by appointment only from the 4th of November to the 12th of December 2021

Dream Sigil, Stone Portal presents a labyrinth of ritual objects from Ayesha Tan Jones’ performances, paintings and installations. Yearning towards ancestral knowledge, the exhibition maps portals for postmemory existence through a dystopian ecopoetics.

The interactive installation Dream Portal Sigil Stones draws on the eco-trash narrative of Una Jynxx, a mystic blogger who is declared missing. Taking the form of a dream journey, the piece centres around queer circularity, rot and rebirth. As Una stumbles through shifting temporalities, they struggle to articulate their point of origin, looping, hitting dead ends and finding medicine in myths. They are rebirthed each day, their post-apocalyptic existence a soup of pre-birth memories. A displaced subject, they emerge through what Marianne Hirsch terms postmemory, the relationship to powerful experiences of previous generations, which transfers to post-generations as affective memories. They swim in this circular existence, trashing binary codes, navigating toxic vegetation, and fermenting firmware with tears.

The installation is activated through censors in the soil, which mobilise different directions of the protagonist’s dream. As we help to guide young, wide-eyed Una in their search for purpose, we witness their transformation into a caretaker, taking visceral root in the Earth, ether and martian soil. The installation is sculpted of clay from London’s ancient woodlands, visual glyphs that mirror queer bodies and visions. Dream Portal Sigil Stones reminds us that we must sculpt spaces for our collective futures, walking paths our descendents will be proud to dream back to.

*words by Tamara Hart


As part of Dream Portal Sigil Stones, Ayesha Tan Jones will host a clay making and world-building workshop with researcher Tamara Hart, who adopts play as a methodology to explore social remapping and queer architecture. The workshop takes as a starting point the Chinese creation myth of Nu Wa, who uses clay to shape humanity out of her loneliness. It centres a collective practice of ‘worlding’ through clay building, anti-origin myths and queer transformation.

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