Carolyn Black, Judith Josso & Kate Ross, Pletts Haque
25 April - 4 June 2003
Feelers is an exhibition of three large-scale installations designed to test the different senses. Red’s Cave by French video artist Judith Josso in collaboration with Kate Ross is a large screen close up of a pair of laughing mouths slowed down to dramatic and surprising effect. Architectural practice Pletts Haque have built a beautiful glowing smell pavilion in which the viewer can conjure up new olfactory delights. Web based artist Carolyn Black provides a petite surreal eyeful in her video loop A Case of Vanity.
Bristol based artist Carolyn Black shows her short video piece, A Case of Vanity, a small unblinking loop that flashes the viewer into surreal associations of eye and vanity, optical and aesthetics. A luminescent case opens mirroring the movement of an eyelid only to expose an eye staring from its inside. Part ready-made sculpture, partly just do-it DIY video, A Case of Vanity keeps it immediate and simple. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker Carolyn Black has recently transferred her attentions to video and web-based work.
Scents of Space is a translucent pavilion in which visitors enter and react with carefully controlled zones of fragrance. Nine smells precisely and dynamically located, travelling slowly in straight lines until the visitor chooses to mingle them with the movements of their bodies. Pletts Haque, in consultation with smell specialist Dr Luca Turin have used their skills to create new evocative ways of experiencing, controlling and interacting with places through smell. In the process they also create a mysterious new odours, which might include subtle blends of grapefruit, garlic, roses and bus stops. Josephine Pletts and Usman Haque, Pletts Haque, create exciting multilayered environments that go beyond the conservative architectural norm. Their buildings and designs have included video and audio feedback, live performance, projected poetry, webcasting, electromagnetic radiation and daydreaming. Pletts Haque’s work has been seen in Tokyo, at the ICA, and will soon be seen as an active element of bus shelters and projected onto tube trains in London.
Supported by the Arts Council of England, South and South East Arts, the Regional Arts Lottery Programme, Brighton & Hove City Council, Where Else Brighton and Hove City of Culture 2002, Interreg IIIA, Oxford Chemicals, Max Fordham, IFF Vent-Axia, SCIart/Welcome Trust