Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Back in 5 Minutes Squad, Higher Scores. Brighter Futures. Together we are individuals. Data makes us free., 2016, installation at Baltic 39, photograph by Back in 5 Minutes Squad
Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. March's Artist of the Month is collective Back in 5 Minutes Squad
Hello, what do you do?
Back in 5 Minutes Squad imagines possible futures through the lens of popular culture. And then we like to play video games and drink cocktails while the sun explodes.
Where are you based and how long have you been there?
We have been here since time began and will remain until the last breath of the final power ballad plays out.
Tell us a bit about your workspace and work habits
We work in Squad HQ Spike Island, burner phones and in the HOPE STREWN depths of our collective imaginations. Always with a novelty baby – don’t leave home without it (or they’ll get the social workers onto you).
What’s the best thing about your work space?
Back in 5 Minutes Squad defy space and time but demand decent wifi and a good brew.
What does 'success' mean to you?
Do you earn a living from making art?
HA HA HA HA HA. Good one.
What makes a good artwork?
Back in 5 Minutes Squad.
What have you been up to recently?
Higher Scores. Brighter Futures. Together we are individuals. Data makes us free., was shown at Baltic 39 last month and before that at Inland Art Festival. In 2016 Arts Council England showered us with cash for a new work, a new website and a pimped-up lifestyle – all pending.
What have you got coming up?
Screenings at Imperfect Cinema in Plymouth, and ‘Palace of Cultures’ at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall via Keiken Collective.
Plus Gorge - a parasitical world where the elite gain eternal life via parabiosis – look it up.
Back in 5 Minutes Squad are fucking delighted.
Back in 5 Minutes Squad are available.
Back in 5 Minutes Squad make immersive installations that imagine possible futures, taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the post-apocalyptic, the nihilistic, the existential and the revolutionary through the lens of popular culture. Exhibitions include Even after the complete collapse of civilisation there will still be product placement and power ballads (2015), Spike Island and Plymouth Arts Centre and Higher Scores, Brighter Futures. Together we are individuals. Data makes us free. (2016), Inland Art Festival and Baltic 39. Back in 5 Minutes Squad are Richard Broomhall, Helen Grant and Julie McCalden.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network