Debuting new works, Memoria by Alex Peckhams will transcend physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between the different artworks in this exhibition.
Memoria is an installation concerned with the finite nature, duration and experience of life. In the work, participants are invited to explore a space that is in one sense the deconstructed bedroom of a young woman. However, the environment contains surreal sculptural works and aspects reminiscent of a forest or nature - it is neither an interior nor an exterior. The work embodies a dream-like quality with curious incongruous elements to be experienced and discovered. Memoria combines sculpture with spoken and written narrative, dynamic sound and light.
“The whole of life is really about loss” says Alex, “Death is a fundamental concept, it’s something we learn about very early on as children. It’s not something we consider very much as adults, except when we are forced to”
The work asks us to reconsider what is truly important in our own lives and how we attribute value to situations, people and our surroundings. Memoria also seeks to encourage more structured dialogue around mortality through a live discussion event that accompanies the installation. In addition, a digital legacy of the artwork will be provided with audio and visual elements that may be accessed both during and after the exhibition.
Alex Peckham is a Brighton based artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, sound, light and moving image to produce powerful installation art. He has a particular interest in the combination of traditional fine art techniques with contemporary time-based media.
His work has been shown at The Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, Artist Residence, Phoenix, Brighton Festival, Newhaven Fort, The Spirit of Gravity and many other galleries, events and institutions. In 2014 Pragma was commissioned by BDF and shown together with its predecessor Interstice.
Alex was technical lead with internationally renowned artists’ group Blast Theory, one of the most adventurous groups in digital and cross-dimensional work. Alex worked on Blast Theory projects such as the award-winning Karen, an AI life coach who psychologically profiles you and adjusts her behavior to your personality and My One Demand, a ninety-minute film shot in one take and performed live on three consecutive nights on the streets of Toronto, broadcast to cinemas across the city.
In 2004 his ground-breaking research into video cubism was presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception and published in the journal Perception. Alex has been a regular contributor to Espressivamente, a dual-language arts journal published in both Italian and English.
He has also taught Visual Culture at tertiary level within the University of Brighton and sat on the moderation board at UBIC.