Online Curatorial Programme x Nottingham Contemporary

In recent years, the development of media has transformed how we experience moving images. Stuck in an endless loop of image production and consumption, images haunt us, invade us and produce us. In this post-cinematic regime, our inherited cultural identities, established forms of subjectivity and embodied sensibilities are constantly reshaped.

Sets and Scenarios explores our heightened proximity to images and what it means to live under their influence. The programme was originally devised to occupy Nottingham Contemporary’s private and public spaces with sculptural installations, sound works, video and live performances by Adam Christensen, Eva Gold, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, and Aaron Ratajczyk, evolving over the course of an afternoon and evening. Conceived around a mobile viewer, the visitor would enter a series of different atmospheric environments. Central to the project was experimenting with the ephemerality of the encounter between viewers and works – liveness – understood in relation to its contingency, resolute to the physical space and the collectivity of the experience.


In response to the pandemic lockdown, Sets and Scenarios was reimagined online.

Featured artists:

Adam Christensen

Eva Gold

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi

Aaron Ratajczyk

An inaugural film programme presents works by:


Shahryar Nashat

Deborah Stratman

James Richards and Steve Reinke

Ken McMullen

Mary Helena Clark

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi

Cerith Wyn Evans

Bette Gordon

Eva Gold

Adam Christensen

Exhibition Review: Sets and Scenarios at Nottingham Contemporary