Tamsyn Challenger: Monoculture

20 February – 13 April 2013 

exhibition extended until Sat 20 April or by appointment until Wed 24 April
Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-5pm

Challenger’s venue-wide exhibition combines participatory sculptural objects and a small farm.

Concerned with mass objectification of the self, the artist asks us to join her in questioning the level of control being wielded by a supposedly ‘free’ environment like the internet. Themes of habitual performance, viral infiltration and feminine identity link earlier forms of human control by pseudo-sexual torture (exacted upon women who asserted their individuality) with cultural homogenisation on a global scale.

This exhibition premiers new works developed by Tamsyn Challenger during the since June 2012.

Monoculture expands beyond the galleries and works on the public in a truly viral way through online interaction and a series of related time-based events off-site.

Exhibition Special Events

Friday 22 February, from 6pm: Exhibition opening event, as part of February LAST Fridays with Bankside Afterparty

Saturday 16 March at 3pmInterpreting Monoculture: Selfies & Sadism, with Naomi Siderfin and Judith Dean

Saturday 23 March at 3pmTamsyn Challenger in conversation with Fran Cottell, Rebecca Fortnum and Hannah Philp, chaired by Naomi Siderfin: How far do contemporary women artists identify with feminism? Listen Here

Wednesday 27 March at 11amMonoculture Coffee Morning

Saturday 6 April at 3pmRachael House responds to Monoculture


Click here to download a press release for this project.

Click here to read Naomi Siderfin’s essay Branks and Bras – a perspective, written as a provocation for the Monoculture event How far do contemporary women artists identify with feminism?

Click here to read Tom Jeffreys’ review of the exhibition on Journal of Wild Culture.

Click here to read Rachel Williams’ review of the exhibition on The London Word.

Click here to read Brigitte Istim’s review of the exhibition on her blog artsstuff.com. 

Click here to read the review of Monoculture on the blog Walk to Free Art London.

Click here to read Naomi Siderfin’s  ‘Branks and Bras : a provocation’

Monoculture featured here in ‘CAS Recommends – April 2013’.



Follow the development of the project Monoculture on Tamsyn Challenger’s Monoculture Blog.

Follow Monoculture on Twitter @monoculture_me .

Tamsyn Challenger has been in residence with Beaconsfield between June 2012 and February 2013 – as a TestBed artist. TestBed signals Beaconsfield’s role as a mentoring organisation, demonstrates our function as an incubator and generates visual/digital technology commissions tied to residencies.

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Image: Tamsyn Challenger, Selfie Brank 2 (Twitter), 2013, fabricated steel, household and polyurethane paints, From Monoculture (June 2012 – April 2013), Image courtesy the artist and Beaconsfield