Anita Safowaa exhibition: Childhood.Memories.00s

Anita Safowaa Childhood.Memories.00s

Visit Childhood.Memories.00s, a nostalgic installation by Anita Safowaa, resident artist at Metroland Studios, on Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April between 12pm - 6pm.

Childhood.Memories.00s is a collection of video compilations, archival objects and interviews that recalls the joys and excitement of the Y2K era — all taking place in a tween bedroom installation.

Cast your mind back to the days of music videos on MTV Base, The Sims, pink PS2s, tunes that were downloaded from BearShare and uploaded to a pink iPod Nano, Avirex jackets, Evisu jeans, embellished miniskirts, MSN messenger - the list goes on!

Works featured in Childhood.Memories.00s include:

1. BABY.GAMER.VIDEO.MIX (2022), Video, 28:17 mins

Drawing on connections between sound and memory alongside the use of sound as a branding tool, BABY.GAMER.VIDEO.MIX is a compilation of music from gaming consoles like the Playstation 2 to TV and computer games of the late 90s/early 00s.

2. It’s A Dance Ting (2022), Video, 26:45 mins

It’s A Dance Ting is a video collage celebrating dance as an art form present in music videos in addition to everyday lives.

3. Goin’ Hard (2022), audio, 10 mins

The rising popularity of funky house alongside student nights in the late 00s is reminisced in this sound piece through the memories of an 18 year-old Brunel University student.

Come down and soak in the memories :) <3

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

Three playlists* have been compiled especially for the exhibition to get you in the Y2k mood.

Playlist 1: Click here to listen

Playlist 2: Click here to listen

Playlist 3: Click here to listen

* Please note: these links will take you to Spotify in order to listen.

We hope there is a song or two on there that transports you back to the very first time you heard it. Tweet us @MetrolandC to share your memories #AnitaSafowaa #ChildhoodMemories00s

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Anita Safowaa (British-Ghanaian, London) is one of Metroland Studio's artists in residence. Anita is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on observing and critiquing under-documented cultural experiences and preserving them by re-imagining key moments using a range of mediums including film, reflective writing and new media technologies. Her work also aims to provide new ways of interacting with archives, personal histories and collective memory, in an immersive manner. Safowaa’s pieces have been screened at BBC New Creatives, ICA, 2020; London Short Film Festival, 2019; Aesthetica Film Festival, 2018; Playback Festival, ICA, 2018; She Lives film screening, 2018. Her projects have also been published by news platforms including DAZED and London Live.