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NOW 19 | Week 4

05 February — 09 February

Tim Spooner + Tom Richards

Cuteness Forensics

A strange autopsy. An opening up of things to reveal something tender inside.

In Cuteness Forensics,  artists Tom Richards and Tim Spooner (The Voice of Nature, Battersea Arts Centre) embark on a visual and sonic escapade. Velvet, electronics, sponge, lead, and record players are their materials.

Objects are cut open and explored. Small things are magnified to sound huge and overwhelming. Against a wall of sound, vulnerability is exposed to find something sympathetic in material itself.

In this weird world, the internal is brought to the surface, soft tissues meet jagged edges and strange sculptures dance to offbeat rhythms.

Enter a strange and unique laboratory.

Produced by Artsadmin. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Ira Brand

Ways To Submit

A show about dominance and submission.

The ways we give in. The ways we take control. Through our bodies. Through what we say. Through the ways we experience the world.

Internationally-celebrated artist Ira Brand (“thoughtful and raw” Break Yourself, The Guardian) invites you in to a fantasy, a dialogue, a fight, a performance: a series of duets in which power is at work.

Ways To Submit explores what is means to play at dominance and submission. And who has the privilege to ‘play’?

It is about power and how we use it when we talk, fight and f*ck.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Access tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing


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Tim Spooner

Tim Spooner works in performance, collage, painting and sculpture. His work uses materials and objects in ways that reveal unexpected properties, aiming to open up perspectives beyond the human scale. Fundamentally interested in unpredictability, his work is an exercise in balancing control with a lack of it in the handling of the materials he is working with. Since 2010, Tim has created a series of increasingly complex live works centred around the revelation of “life” in material. Recent projects include The Voice of Nature, an interconnected system of fragile sculptures; The Assembly of Animals, made for young audiences and concerned with the abstraction of an animal form; and The Telescope, which uses a microscope camera to reveal a universe of miniature objects manipulated using magnets, electricity and chemical reactions. Alongside, and in relation to these projects, he has produced a continuous stream of paintings and collages.

Tom Richards

Tom Richards is an artist, musician, DJ, researcher and instrument designer working in London UK. He has walked the line between sonic art, sculpture and music since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2004. Richards has built his own idiosyncratic modular electronic music system, with which he creates slowly evolving and heavily textured polyrhythmic improvisations. His individual approach and reductive palette lead to a taut, rhythmically focused sonic experience. He has performed and exhibited widely in the UK, as well as internationally in the US, Germany, Peru, Japan and Sweden.

Selected works and live performances have taken place at Tate Britain, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Science Museum, Spike Island, Cafe Oto, MK Gallery, Bold Tendencies, and Camden Arts Centre.

Ira Brand

Ira is an artist, performance-maker, writer, and curator. She creates live interdisciplinary performances that are rooted in a fascination with what it means and feels like to be human. Her process is one of using the personal to speak to wider social, political, and formal concerns. Her current preoccupation is power and how it is constructed, transferred, enacted, and held – specifically through language, gender and desire.

Ira’s work has toured the UK extensively and has been shown internationally at Malavoadora Porto, Matadero Madrid, Kanagawa Arts Theatre Yokohama, Hessisches Landestheater Marburg, and Abrons Arts Centre New York.

She is also one of the co-directors of Forest Fringe, an award-winning artist-led collective with whom she has delivered projects as an artist and curator throughout the UK and internationally.