Ravi Deepres - The Gain Line

The Edge, ICIA

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Friday 25 September 2015 – Saturday 19 December 2015
ART WEEKENDER SPECIAL OPENING: Sunday 1 November (10am-5pm)
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00-17:00

The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. Throwing their bodies into the fray to surpass it, and putting their bodies on the line to protect it, players attach inordinate importance to getting beyond this symbolic threshold on the pitch. Beneath the high-impact challenges that take place along this notional frontline, there is another ‘gain line’ players and coaches aspire to reach – one that parallels the rush of competing players with a swarm of chaotic, sometimes conflicting data, captured by a new generation of sensors that players wear in training, and in matches.

Although rugby is a visceral, physical sport (‘no pain, no gain’ its philosophical mantra) it is also one that increasingly monitors and mobilises a range of sophisticated technological data (including GPS, heart rate and other readings). Sifted to help coaches gain a competitive advantage, this mass of information may also help us gain better understanding of various biomedical/physiological forces at work within the body, offering greater insights into sporting performance, stamina/fitness and injury prevention, not just in elite sportspeople, but in the wider populace.

Ravi Deepres, an artist, film-maker and photographer, has established an international reputation for his still and moving image work. He has exhibited across the UK and abroad, and his work has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Tokyo New National Theatre and the Paris Opera House. His practice is often motivated by themes of individual and group identity, architecture and human movement through a conceptual documentary approach. His film installations for stage and screen focus on the symbiotic relationships of audience, choreography, sound, performance, design and filmic kinaesthetic connectivity.



ART WEEKENDER SPECIAL OPENING: Sunday 1 November (10am-5pm) 

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in partnership with Phoenix, Leicester and ICIA, University of Bath. Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England.

This exhibition is part of the ART WEEKENDER − BRISTOL & BATH a three-day celebration of the visual arts across the two cities, taking place from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. Now in its second year, the Art Weekender is produced by Situations in partnership with over 30 arts venues, artist-led groups and arts producers. The Weekender brings together exhibitions, one-off special events, artists’ talks, family activities and trails, public artworks and performances by outstanding contemporary artists in multiple locations, with free access to just about every venue and project. For further details of the programme, itineraries and visitor information please visit www.artweekender.com


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