These Days Montage. Dan Mitchell

Screening of ‘These Days’ a new film by Hydar Dewachi made as part of the public programme of events for Brent Biennial.

Featuring the fictional character Dr. Robert Laing, the short film investigates the themes and concerns behind artist Dan Mitchell’s commission for the Brent Biennial, a large-scale text installation covering the outside of Wembley Library.

The screening will be followed by a talk between Dan Mitchell and Brent 2020 artistic director Lois Stonock.


Artist Dan Mitchell’s Brent Biennial commission These Days takes the form of a large-scale text-based work covering the glass facade of Wembley Library housed within the Brent Civic Centre.

The work uses the language of advertising slogans and campaigns, together with stock images to present the text: THESE DAYS EVEN REALITY HAS TO LOOK ARTIFICIAL.

Taken from the J.G. Ballard book Kingdom Come, the artwork is a poetic intervention in a public space that is at the heart of civic life and decision making. Understood and read as both a public announcement and statement, the work offers a prescient reminder of our present time.

Dan Mitchell THESE DAYS. Brent Biennial. Brent 2020, London Borough of Cultures. Image - Thierry Bal