Cornerhouse Jan Highlights

A quick round up of the highlights coming to the Cornerhouse this January

By Lee Isherwood | 18 December 2012

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David Shrigley: HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

Until Sun 6 Jan 2013 (free, Galleries 1, 2 & 3)
In October, we are delighted to present a major exhibition of new and recent work by acclaimed British artist David Shrigley. HOW ARE YOU FEELING? will feature a range of drawings, sculpture, animated film and never-seen-before live performance featuring local actors. Taking you on a skewed, cathartic journey through the clever, amusing and raw world of Shrigley, this extraordinary exhibition will offer art therapy to combat what the artist refers to as ‘an increasingly crazy and poorly signposted world’.

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A portrait of the artist…

Thu 17 Jan – Mon 18 Feb (free, Café & Bar)
Portraiture can take many forms and this group showcase displays approaches to human representation that may challenge expectations. Featuring Alex Leigh, a member of Cornerhouse’s Young Curators Panel and co-curator of Four. Formerly a member of Creative Stars, Leigh experiments with new mediums to get under the skin of his profile.

Rosa Barba: Subject to Constant Change

Sat 26 Jan – Sun 17 Mar (free, Galleries 2 & 3)
Private View Fri 25 Jan, 18.00 – 21.00 (free, drop in)
This most comprehensive solo exhibition by Rosa Barba to date features a major new installation, Subconscious Society (2013), commissioned especially for the show, alongside a selection of related film sculptures. In a unique collaboration between Turner Contemporary and Cornerhouse, each institution will exhibit a different cinematic and sculptural format of Barba’s work in Margate and Manchester during similar time periods.

Sat 26 Jan – Sun 24 Feb (free, Gallery 1)
Private View Fri 25 Jan, 18.00 – 21.00 (free, drop in)

An exhibition of four new commissions specifically created for the show including work by Tristram Aver, Nicola Ellis, Kate Sully and Liz West. Curated and developed by Cornerhouse’s Young Curators team, three talented people from the Greater Manchester region, FOUR will feature inspiring and thought provoking art that has been carefully selected from over 600 international applications.

Spanish and Latin American Cinema in the 21st Century
Starts Mon 21 Jan 18:30 – 20:30 (£70 full/ £50 concs, 8 weeks)
Using a series of illustrated case studies this beginners’ level course will consider recent trends in 21st Century Spanish and Latin American cinema. Through discussion and debate, course tutors will introduce a broad range of topics, including representations of Latin American cities, transnational productions and performers, film memories, changing notions of the auteur and genre production with a focus on the role of Filmax International in Spain. Films to be considered include: [REC] Genesis, Medianeras and En la ciudad sin límites. Led by a range of regular Cornerhouse tutors, from Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, and The University of Salford. Beginners’ level, no prior knowledge required.

Memories Look at Me (Ji yi wang zhe wo)

Tue 29 Jan, 18:20
Dir Song Fang/CN 2012/87 mins/ Mandarin wEng ST/CTBA Song Di-jin, Song Fang, Song Yuan
A young woman’s return from Beijing to visit her parents in their hometown of Nanjing sparks reflections on the changes their lives have witnessed. Actor Song Fang (Flight of the Red Balloon) steps behind as well as in front of the camera for this, her Locarno Film Festival award-winning directorial debut. Clearly influenced by the hybrid style of Jia Zhangke, here producing, Memories Look at Me is a meticulously constructed reflection on ageing and memory in a rapidly changing modern China. “Gracefully suspended between the docu-fiction genre of producer Jia Zhangke and the gentle observational qualities of Hou Hsiao-hsien… Memories Look at Me nonetheless succeeds in finding its own, low-key groove.”

Event: This screening will be introduced by Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. Presented by the Chinese Film Forum UK, as part of its symposium ‘The creation and circulation of Chinese identities in and through cinema’, held at the Chinese Arts Centre, on Tue 29 – Wed 30 January. For more information visit