The ‘mixtape’ is a familiar idea: a compilation of pre-existing recordings that expresses the taste and identity of the compiler, and which often is intended as a gift to a particular recipient. Compiling a mixtape is a creative act analogous to that performed by a DJ or, indeed, any art curator. It involves all manner of practical and aesthetic decisions in selection and sequencing of material, and in the way this is presented. Making a mixtape is like constructing an art museum group show in miniature – one, however, that takes place in a non-institutional and amateur setting. ‘Mixtape’ at the Auricle seeks to bridge personal and public spheres in the form of a gift from its contributing artists to any receptive ears.