////////////// Nick Laessing: LIGHT | READING
Nick Laessing’s work revisits the utopian aspirations of scientific rebels, autodidacts and amateur experimenters.
For LIGHT | READING, Laessing will explore the ‘free-energy’ movement, producing a new body of work based around experiments with the machine Prototype II (after US patent 6545444 B2 by John Bedini).
The free energy movement follows claims and inventions made primarily by the scientist Nikola Tesla at the beginning of 20th century. He thought it possible to harvest free or radiant energy from the atmosphere or aether. Since then a number of inventors have worked on his theories and more recently the isolated work of a few individuals has found a wide following through the internet.
Laessing's reconstruction of a radiant energiser first built by USA inventor John Bedini will attempt to be the source of power for lighting and sound equipment used to present found radio interviews and research conducted by the artist during his recent PERMACULTURES residency at SPACE. The main gallery will thus become a framework for entering the tacit world of these experimenters.
////////////// NEU! 3: ADAM THOMAS: colourless green ideas sleep furiously
Characteristically condensing around the visual dimension of language, Adam Thomas’ practice suggests new and intuitive models for rendering the art/language binary.
The idea of ‘making’ language – translating it into physical forms coterminous with the plastic arts – is a central theme throughout 'colourless green ideas sleep furiously'.
Handled by Thomas, Language becomes an object, a thing in the world that demands not only linguistic, but also phenomenological, aesthetical, historical, art canonical, mythical and personal consideration.
////////////// The Librarians: a Guestroom project
Installed by Guestroom in SPACE’s own independent publication library, The Librarians is a series of eight video portraits concerned with personal libraries and collections.
Each film looks at one person's selections processes and by extension the design of their environment in relation to their wider practice and ideas. Within the series we encounter both intentional collections and more organic yet highly specific selections within an ordinary bookshelf. As a sequence, the portraits become part of a complex constellation as relationships and connections develop between individuals and their ideas.
The Librarians are Tom McCarthy, Michael Leslie, Lorenza Boisi, Shaun Pubis, Pablo Bronstein, Rebecca Bligh, Isabel Waidner and Adam Sutherland
//////////////// Ben Woodeson
Ben Woodeson creates works that aim to tease and unsettle the viewer and the exhibiting institution.
Since the start of 2009 Woodeson has been making and exhibiting the Health & Safety Violation Series of deliberately dangerous sculptures; to date these have included 33,000 ball bearings on the floor, automatic trip wires, suffocation devices, electric fences, spinning metal weights, twisting ropes and steel garrotting cables.
His work for the Foyer Space will comprise of a new site-specific intervention and a video documenting a cycle of recently developed works.
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