Dizziness of freedom is a group exhibition exploring the notion of choice in a contemporary society defined by consumerism, an excess of information and endless possibilities. Bringing philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of anxiety to present times, the artists approach choice as an act of freedom as well as an ever-present strain.
Through installation, sculpture, film, performance, painting and photography, the works hint at moments of decision-making – both in artistic processes and daily life – often infused with feelings of aspiration, self-consciousness and playfulness.
Artists include Stefania Batoeva, David Bradley, Josephine Callaghan, Tom Duggan, Louise Fitzgerald, Jane Fradgley, George Harding, Tom Jayston, Nnena Kalu, Nu Li, Andrzej Lyszkowicz, MoreUtopia!, Sue Morgan, Mary Ogunleye, Tess Springall, Liam Tickner, Charlie Godet Thomas. In collaboration with Action Space, Bethlem Gallery, Creative Future, Outside In, Royal College of Art London, Goldsmiths University of London
Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles: from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints.
The exhibition presents a dynamic programme of visual art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks spanning venues across London, including leading arts organisations, universities, health care institutions and community centres.
Anxiety 2014 is core-funded by the Maudsley Charity. The Visual Arts programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.