Stuart Brisley | Interregnum | Turf Projects

Hales Gallery is proud to announce that Stuart Brisley will be performing Interregnum at Turf Projects. This follows on from Next Door (the missing subject), [] a durational performance, installation, sculpture, painting, journals, sound, and film, all organized around a (non)event: an interregnum (2010-2013).


The kind of interregnum Brisley has in mind is less about transitions but more about periods of politico-historical impasse. Looming in the background is Antonio Gramsci’s brief comment on the interregnum, written while imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in the late-1920s. The entry, like much of what is now known as the Quaderni del Carcere (The Prison Notebooks), reflects on Italian politics following the First World War, specifically when it became apparent that existing ideologies were no longer historically valid, and yet no clear alternative presented itself to the working class and peasantry. During this period, Gramsci argues, the “historically normal solutions” are blocked, resulting in a political milieu in which ruling parties “dominate” through force rather than lead ideologically (Gramsci anticipates Louis Althusser’s important distinction between Repressive State Apparatuses and Ideological State Apparatuses). The dominant regime’s reliance on repressive tactics exacerbates the alienation the masses feel from their rulers and ruling ideologies: “physical depression will lead in the long run to a widespread scepticism, and a new ‘arrangement’ will be found.”


Not-knowing is a form of knowing. “The death of old ideologies,” Gramsci explains, “takes the form of scepticism with regard to all theories and general formulae; of application to the pure economic fact (earnings, etc.), and to a form of politics which is not simply realistic in fact (this is always the case) but which is cynical in its immediate manifestation”


This performance will use base materials and their repurposing in a new form. Far from recycling, materials are used to make visible a process, a dynamic, and a tension.



Stuart Brisley 



46/47 Trinity Court (Ground floor)

Whitgift Shopping Centre

Croydon CR01UQ


17 February 2018 - 11am - 7pm 


For more information please click here.

January 24, 2018