Experimental Art Project Space in New Cross Gate
Following on from the last Sirens exhibition ‘Drive-Thru’, Great Expectations is a continuation of our exploration of the dark side of contemporary identity. How is it formed and dissolved so quickly? How is it used as a tool to conceal and create? In a time more of persona than person, we explore the idea of creating characters and question how women create identities in contemporary society.
Taking inspiration from Miss Havisham’s ruined mansion, audiences will be able to wander through several themed rooms, starting in an abandoned bedroom, going through the dining room (watch out for some surprises on the table), and finally ending up in the asylum.
For one weekend only, Sirens will transform hARTslane into a dilapidated mad house. With very faint echoes of the cramped, kitsch 60s house we created in Drive-Thru, drawing upon contemporary discussions of atemporality we’ve also looked further along the historical timeline to Victoriana and Victorian mental asylums. This time expect to be thoroughly uneasy. Come and explore the darkness and disillusionment lurking behind the shiny facades, from the giant jack-in-the-box waiting for you in the shadows, to the ball pit filled with god knows what. And be warned, this asylum’s filled with balloons.