Exhibition

Are We Alone?

3 Apr 2018 – 14 Apr 2018

Platform Southwark

London, United Kingdom

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  • Southwark / Waterloo
  • Waterloo / Waterloo East / Blackfriars / London Bridge

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Sol Bailey-Barker explores the possibilities of sentient life beyond earth utilising recently declassified military archives of extraterrestrial encounters, recovered materials from UFOs and radio-telescopes.

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The universe is information and we are stationary in it, not three dimensional and not in space or time. The information fed to us we hypostatise into the phenomenal world… The phenomenal world does not exist, it is a hypostasis of the information processed by the mind.            Philip K Dick

The project ARE WE ALONE? explores the possibilities of sentient life beyond earth and amateur attempts to make contact.

In 1899 Nikola Tesla documented what was thought to be the first extraterrestrial message, discovered during his pioneering experiments with radio waves. Since then thousands of scientists and amateurs have built radio telescopes to listen to the stars.

Utilising recently declassified military archives of extraterrestrial encounters, recovered materials from UFOs and radio-telescopes Sol Bailey-Barker's audiovisual installation draws from the concept of string-theory, asking a fundamental age old question.

ARE WE ALONE?

Sol Bailey-Barker uses repurposed and obsolete technology, sound equipment, DIY contact mics and ‘alien-megalithic’ sculptural forms to create an (extra)terrestrial sound machine. 

This sensory-informational web poses questions about our obsessive relationship with technology and the kinds of knowledge it can mediate. Between conspiracy theory and recorded data, ARE WE ALONE? is an introspective, extraterrestrial investigation into Bailey-Barker’s own practice, ancient tools and Cosmic noise.

The exhibition ARE WE ALONE? includes a new film by Sol Bailey-Barker and a zine made in collaboration with Ella Fleck. Performances by Sol Bailey-Barker and guest artists will take place throughout the exhibition programme.

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Sol Bailey-Barker MRBS (b 1987) is a British multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with sculpture, sound and performance. Fascinated by the development of technologies that were for millennia seen as shamanic for their transformative power upon the landscape and their influence over life and death, Bailey-Barker’s practice follows this journey of body-hacking and augmentation from the ancient sacred axe to contemporary prosthetics and machinery. Working with found objects, building immersive environments which combine the constructed with the found, he explores the uncertainty of history, revisiting narratives from a parallel non-colonial perspective.

Bailey-Barker’s abstract sculptures draw from symbolism and objects he studies, using materials associated with both agriculture and industry to provoke an association between the industrial born from technological development and its ancient spiritual origins. Drawing on the sound of rhythmic heavy machinery and sacred bells, Bailey-Barker’s sculptures double as ritual instruments, inviting the viewer to become shamans and priests in a temple both revering and questioning human endeavour and where it has brought us to now.

www.solbaileybarker.com

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