The Norwich University of the Arts MA Degree show presented the final work of the 2017 cohort. Curation collaborated on our allocated exhibition to archive our work from the past year. The exhibition included summaries of our Masters Projects, films, marketing and process resources.
Pavilion of the Senses
Pavilion of the Senses explored the interlinking relationship of contemporary art and the human senses. The multiple layers established by our sensory nervous system affects one’s experience of living within the world. Consequently, our response to objects and situations begins with a sensory stimulus. However, when attending art exhibitions our sensory experience is typically limited to sight. In contrast Pavilion of the Senses invited the public to engage with art through sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.
Hosted on the renowned Norwich Market, stall 138, Pavilion of the Senses rans from the 26th to 30th July. Presenting the work of five established artists, this exhibition was fluid in its nature, changing each day in order to fully demonstrate the dynamic relationship of art and the senses.
Pavilion of the Senses promised a varied and exciting viewing experience as the exhibited artworks ranged from smelling sculptures to interactive objects. Kristy Campbell’s practice conveys a visual language that demonstrates the fluid ambiguity of meaning. Focusing on the sense of sight, one of Campbell’s featured works, Do Not Touch 2.2, utilised braille on a visual level, examining how language can so often fail us. Sophie Purchase’s artwork Left Hanging [Flower Emoji] presented forms and shapes primarily designed to be disguised or unremarkable. Investigating the relationship of art and smell Purchase’s work for Pavilion of the Senses examined the common air freshener.
Intrigued by the noises produced by unconventional objects, Oliver Payne focused on the sense of sound. Working with the perception and physicality of sound, Payne produced a playful installation within the market stall, that demonstrated how a common place object can become a speaker.
Exhibiting for the sense of touch was Francesca Cant, who maintains the belief that touch is essential for understanding the world we live in. As a result, she rejects the often restrictive approach to art galleries and museums. Cant’s work for Pavilion of the Senses explored her belief that allowing interaction with art can promote a shared experience and conversation. The community and social hub of the Norwich Market was explored by Kaavous Clayton and Julia Devonshire for the sense of taste. A Norwich Market Taster presented a community dish in which the taste was proposed rather than partaken, demonstrating the multicultural range of the market stalls.
Listen. exhibited the work of four artists’ exploration of sound at Studio 20, Norwich. Comprised of sound and instructional-based artworks, the audience were invited to interact with the art displayed by following the artist’s instructions. Amber Agha, Jake-Andrew Nason, Kirstin Bicker and Michael Ridge presented artworks that investigated themes of ambient sound, synaesthesia, and the spoken word.
Listen. examined how as artists seek to engage with new mediums, art is no longer grounded in its traditional aesthetic. Since the mid-1970s there have been significant developments in the presence of Sound Art. Today Sound Art is a medium that has the ability to generate visual imagery in the mind of the listener as well as define and interact with physical space in a sculptural sense.
The sound and instruction-based artworks within Listen. invited the audience to physically interact with the art, using a variety of senses, by following the artists instructions.
Compositions was created as a collaboration between MA Curations from Norwich University of the Arts and Alice Lambert. Compositions exhibited artworks that take the form of graphic scores.
Lambert invited the public and musicians to visit and experience Compositions, photograph their favourite piece and if they wished, to record their own interpretation of the musical scores. Participants were asked to email their musical responses to Lambert for their contribution to be exhibited in a later exhibition. Through participating in Compositions the visitors were invited to become a key element of the artwork itself.
'Compositions' ran from 6/6/17 - 27/6/17.
A Touch of Light
A Touch of Light was a theoretical exhibition produced for the first term on my masters in Curation at Norwich University of the Arts. The concept of A Touch of Light was documented in the MA Interim Show in December at Norwich University of the Arts. For this exhibition I presented the poster of A Touch of Light on a projection, with the documentation in a bound file.
Below is the fictional press release written for my submission.
Firstsite’s upcoming exhibition, A Touch of Light, presents the practice of contemporary artists who have adopted the material of light as the basis of their work. This exciting exhibition is the first of its kind in Colchester, with the variety of artworks spanning from large-scale interactive installations, to delicate paintings and sculpture. The aim is to invite audience members to interact with contemporary art in an alternative way to how they may have before, A Touch of Light will offer a variety of interactive artworks, light workshops, artist run lectures and later opening hours. The exhibition will run from 27th October 2017 – 8th February 2018. (Press View: Thursday 26th October).
A Touch of Light takes its title from the exhibitions focus on light as an artistic tool and the opportunity to physically engage with a number of the artworks displayed. Firstsite will feature installations from some of the most renowned light artists such as Anthony McCall and Olafur Eliasson, alongside loans of British and international artists, for which light is an integral element of their work.
With Firstsite’s mission to inspire visitors through innovative art and culture, this exhibition aims to excite and engage the community of Colchester as well as audiences further afield, with contemporary art. A Touch of Light allows visitors to experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms, whilst also offering a more traditional approach to light by combining it with the properties of painting and sculpture. This sensory experience hopes to engage all audiences from young children to working adults by creating a fun and playful approach to the contemporary art world.
This exhibition features a site-specific adaption of TeamLab’s Crystal Universe light installation. This three-dimensional space filled by a seemingly infinite number of light particles creates an artwork that can be entered and explored. A space where art meets science, Crystal Universe positions the viewer at the centre of that universe as their presence affects the lights in a way that causes change to occur throughout the installation indefinitely. This type of installation is a first for Firstsite and promises to be a highlight of the show.