Exhibition: Unit 8
Preview Sat 4 Oct 5–7.30pm Public event – all welcome
When 4 Oct–2 Nov 2014 10am–6pm Sat/Sun
Where Platform Gallery, 15 Lincoln Cottages, Brighton BN2 9UJ Map
Rich Cutler: Digital Archaeology
Tool-making defines our species, but the pace of technological change today is unprecedented. This revolution is exemplified by the mobile phone – no other technology in the entire history of our species has spread so widely, or so fast; but consumer electronics also quickly become obsolete, with a new model superseding the old in often under a year. We are simultaneously in awe of and intimidated by today’s advanced devices: we want to possess them, but fear being possessed by them; we are schizophrenics, both technophiles and technophobes.
These photographs aim to provoke questions about time and technology – and touch on the role of the increasingly visible LCD screen in our culture.
James Finlay: Referendum
This photographic series explores the tangible and intangible border along the one hundred mile geographical stretch between England and Scotland from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Gretna Green. Referendum contributes to the political and economic debate on the Union and Independence between England and Scotland.
This landscape is considered in various ways: the sweep of grand romantic vistas; the minutiae of border ephemera rendered through the scientific gaze of the electron microscope; and the accumulation of political rhetoric within the historical and media documentation connected to this space.
Mu-Tien (Tammy) Ho: As Well as Elsewhere
This is an ongoing project forming during my business trips.
Travelling around China, I am amazed by the similarity of hotel rooms. Even in remote villages these temporary residences share a sameness, an uncanny doubling which believe is an inheritance of the hospitality industry. But looking at the decorative details I find local differences – the pattern of the wallpaper, the picture on the wall, the style of the tea sets… Wandering into town after town I have never been to before, I stay in rooms that are not unfamiliar – or are they? By interacting with those spaces, I am aware of my journey to somewhere.
Elin Karlsson: Warm Mother
She finally went away last year. Ten months after her separation she must have felt that it was the right time to do something she had always dreamed of, to do something just for herself. That had long been a part of our lives: one day she would go away. It could have been at any point; speaking about her ambition to leave became routine. Taking part in her dreams of going took me closer to her, it became our secret agreement. It seemed as though she’d be happier elsewhere.
Joy Stacey: Detention
Detention is an investigation into Brook House and Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centres, Gatwick.
“The UK detains around 30,000 people every year. Detention in the UK is without time limit, and there is no automatic judicial oversight on decisions to detain. As a result, many people end up incarcerated for long periods of time- in some cases even years- with no idea of what will happen to them.” (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)
“Inasmuch as the refugee, an apparently marginal figure, unhinges the old trinity of state-nation-territory, it deserves instead to be regarded as the central figure of our political history.” (Giorgio Agamben)
Sharon O’Neill: Close to Home
This is a portrait of a small town on an island off the South coast. The work focuses on the seasonal and permanent inhabitants, exploring their everyday world as local and national issues alter the delicate balance of their environment and livelihoods over the course of the seasons. The work began in 2006 and continues to develop recent histories of this pocket of Southern England.
Tim Stephens: Variations
Tim Stephens is an artist and lecturer and a PhD researcher at Sussex University, working on contemporary photography in the contexts of art, philosophy and education.
His current photographic work, is concerned with the non-representational and conceptual aspects of photographic practices.