|Brook Andrew, "The Cell," 2010.
Vinyl with fan blower 300 x 1250 x 600 cm.*
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Stealing the Senses
12 March–6 June 2011
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Cnr Queen and King Sts
New Plymouth 4342
Aotearoa New Zealand
As Michael Taussig writes in Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular history of the Senses: '…the mimetic faculty carries out its honest labor suturing nature to artifice and bringing sensuousness to sense by means of what was once called sympathetic magic…' The majority of the works are newly commissioned site-specific projects and collectively form a passage of immersive environments in various and extended reaches of the gallery, literally spilling out into the cafe, the fire escape, into ceilings, the street, through corridors and into the sky at dusk.
The works address thematic concerns and issues spanning from the psychology of incarceration to cosmology, from the sensual usefulness of domestic-scaled functional objects to integrated systems of artificial life. What is shared in these works is a concern for activation or interaction through human sensory perception. An exploration of the impact of immersive experience is offered primarily through visceral rather than virtual means. Through stealing our senses for a dedicated time, in a dedicated place and space, artists corral our attention to multivalent ideas about the forces and sensibilities of contemporary living.
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