CAVE — Centre for Audiovisual Experimentation

Hardeep Pandhal & David Steans, Lecture Theatre, 2018
Project Space, School of Fine Art, University of Leeds

CAVE presents a new moving image work by Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans. The work Lecture Theatre and the eponymous exhibition both centre around a fictional, ironised art lecture delivered by Pandhal and Steans to students from Leeds Arts University and University of Leeds BA Fine Art courses. The cast perform skewed versions of themselves to highlight the implied promises and contracts of art pedagogy.

Employing filmic tropes such as animation and documentary, Pandhal and Steans’ Lecture Theatre frustrates the tacit conventions and structures that artists, lecturers and students are expected to comply with.

3 – 19 May 2018, Project Space, University of Leeds

Hardeep Pandhal (b.1985 Birmingham) is an artist based in Glasgow. He was awarded a Leverhulme scholarship to complete the MFA programme at The Glasgow School of Art. His work was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013), the Glasgow International Open Bursary (2013), the Drawing Room Bursary Award (2015) and the New Museum Triennial (2018). Recent solo exhibitions include: Liar Hydrant, Cubitt, London (2018); Konfessions of a Klabautermann, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (2017); A Nightmare on BAME Street, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017); Hobson-Jobson, Collective, Edinburgh (2015); Plebeian Archive, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2015); A Neck or Nothing Man!, Comar, The Isle of Mull (2015); A Joyous Thing with Maggots at the Centre, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014).

David Steans (b.1984 Stockport) is an artist based in Leeds. He is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University (BA) and participated in the founding year of alternative fine art programme The School of the Damned. He is a lecturer in BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds Arts University, and a Practice-led PhD Candidate in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Recent exhibitions and events include: Mantel at Copperfield Gallery, London (2018); Medieval City- One at 2 Queens, Leicester (2017); Crime World at The Tetley, Leeds (2017); The Kippenberger Challenge at De Appel Institut Library, Amsterdam (2016); Display Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015) and A BRITISH ART SHOW at Meyohas, New York (2015). His work has been screened and broadcast as part of Radiophrenia Festival (2016); Spectrum Survey of Artist’s Film and Video (2016) and ArtRotterdam Intersections (2016), and his writing was included in Cadavere Quotidiano (2014), an anthology of writing by contemporary artists published by Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism.