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Trouble In Outer Heaven: Portable Ops Plus

15 September 2021 to 31 October 2021Visit website

METAL GEAR SOLID V, 2015, GAMEPLAY SCREENSHOT BY JAMIE SUTCLIFFE

London, UK: Trouble In Outer Heaven: Portable Ops Plus takes the fanaticism of fandom as its starting point, and responds to the influence of the video game franchise Metal Gear Solid, initiated by developer Hideo Kojima in 1987. Curated and including work by Jamie Sutcliffe, the show features Larry Achiampong, Joseph Buckley, Kitty Clarke, Sam Keogh, Hardeep Pandhal and Adam Sinclair with a programme for young people by The Diamond Dogs Educational Unit, Uma Breakdown, Petra Szemán, and Zara Truss Giles.

Reading Metal Gear’s ideas of play, service, and community against the strange uses to which its iconography was put during the lead-up to the 2016 US Presidential election, this exhibition confronts both the ecstasies and problems of fandom and asks if critical counter-languages might be found within the intricate traceries of its peculiar brand of speculative fiction.

“At a time when reactionary perspectives bristle uncomfortably against the permissive circumstances of play, the show asks whether play is still the preserve of fantasy and if this really is all just a game.”

The exhibition runs from 15 September until 31 October at Lake Gallery, Southwark Park Galleries and admission is free.

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