21st September – 4th October 2012
Curated by Inbal Drue
Supported by ASCUS
“Welcome to the animal kingdom; the place where we can unleash our human desires and let our subconscious, intuitions and instincts rule. This exhibition explores themes such as camouflage, masks, mythology, mating behaviour and mate selection through photography, drawing, sculpture and installation.
‘Birds to the Parliament’, a photographic triptych by Louise Atkinson and Zeev Parush, discusses political and social leadership and the phenomena of how leaders are perceived and who they really are behind their public mask. The triptych presents the transformation from several candidates to the ‘chosen one’.
Read from right to left, the first image represents the candidates in their masks who know how to manipulate in order to gain votes. In the middle are the people, represented by origami birds as if they are inhuman, manufactured and incapable of making their own, individual decisions. The last image is the leader, hiding behind their ‘feathers’, not to reveal the truth, their truth which most likely doesn’t match with the propaganda that has allowed them to become elected.
‘Collective Nouns’, by Bob Milner is a series of 3 drawings (A shrivel of critics; A worship of writers; A quibble of pedants). Bob says: ‘We are animal, we are base. Humankind masquerading as something better, more intelligent, more virile, more potent. We experiment, fiddle around. We mix it up, cut and paste, reinvent the wheel. Don’t believe the hype.’ Catriona Gilbert’s installation ‘After Freya and Daedalus’ is created using dyed goose feathers, cotton, glue, polystyrene and shows the transformative act of cloaking oneself, and the uncertainty of the cloaked form.
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This exhibition is supported by ASCUS
ASCUS is an open platform to inspire transdisciplinary collaboration between practitioners of science and art. They strive to inspire collaboration amongst artists and scientists by providing opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, consultation, and support. Founded in 2008 by James Howie and Dr. Paul Parrish, both of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, ASCUS was originally intended as a vehicle for geoscientists to incorporate art into their research and to explore new ways of communicating science and data visually. ASCUS has since expanded its mission to foster direct collaborations between scientists and artists, and now includes members from around the world.
Image: Catriona Gilbert, After Freya and Daedalus, Dyed goose feathers, cotton, glue, polystyrene, 2009