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Rory Pilgrim
(Born in 1988, Bristol, UK)

The work of British artist Rory Pilgrim is based on emancipatory concerns, in which personal and political questions are brought together to explore questions of time and connections between activism, spirituality, music and community. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including live performance, film, text, workshops and musical composition. Pilgrim in particular composes music as a way to bring people together and explore how we use it to challenge, celebrate and voice ourselves.

Pilgrim obtained a BA from Chelsea College of Art, London and was a participant of the De Ateliers residency programme between 2008-2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recents solo shows include Flat Time House, London, UK (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield UK (2016), Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2015) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). Groups shows, performances and screenings include South London Gallery, UK (2016), Guangzhou Triennial, CN (2015), Land Art Live, Almere NL (2015), MING Studios, Boise USA (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht NL (2014), Rowing Projects, London UK (2013), Kunst Werke, Berlin DE (2013) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012) .

For Pilgrim's time with AIT he will build upon a new body of work entitled 'ERASURE' that focuses on the body as a site of action in at a time of impending ecological collapse and the fusion between human, non human species and machine in an era of hypermodernity. Pilgrim hopes to make research, conversation and dialogue that explores Japanese artistic movements relating to Feminist, Activist and Socially engaged practice to develop a series of choreographic methodologies and music questioning how environmentalism provides a basis for social and political emancipation.


Residency: January 11, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #70 "FUTURE BODY TALK" Artist Talk by Dutch artist Rory Pilgrim
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Seeds Upon The Dance Floor (2014), Exhibition and Performance, sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland

Words are not signs they are years (2015), Exhibition and Performance, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Sacred Repository N.3: THE OPEN SKY (2016), Still from HD Film