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We first heard of WITH (withyou.co.uk) after receiving a forwarded email from a colleague based in Germany in December 2004, and are now delighted to present the groups first solo exhibition in London.
WITH position themselves as a company that provides a range of Life Enhancement Solutions created by a team of agents for their clients. There are over 30 such solutions on the company's website www.withyou.co.uk, including TRAUMAFORMER where agents create and live out a traumatic experience on the clients behalf and VIOLENTOME where an agent will assume a clients identity and perform delegated violent acts. Each product dissects our obsessions, questions our principles and challenges our economic ideals.
In February 2008 we approached the organisation with a request to commission our own WITH solutions. The results of that exchange will be played out in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition alongside selected client case studies from the company's extraordinary archive.
Whether you define WITH as a Wellness organisation, an art collective or dysfunctional design group they continue to challenge convention by testing the social, political and ethical parameters of human relationships alongside aesthetic judgements and a compelling discourse. At no point throughout the process of creating the exhibition will we meet a representative of the organisation.
All works from the archive are available for viewing.
WITH are available for new commissions from individuals and organisations.
Ed and Beth Greenacre