The Scientific Method at The Tetley
LECTURE, DIALOGUE, DEMONSTRATION
22 OCTOBER 2016 – 15 JANUARY 2017
KP BREHMER, AMELIA CROUCH, PATRICIA ESQUIVIAS, SIÂN ROBINSON DAVIES, LIZ MAGIC LASER, JOHN LATHAM, KATE LISTON, YURI PATTISON, SEMICONDUCTOR, JOHN SMITH
CO-CURATED BY AMELIA CROUCH
This exhibition showcases recent artists’ moving image works which question how we make sense of today’s information overload, from post-truth politics to mind boggling quantum physics and neuroscience. The Scientific Method foregrounds work which attempts to reveal the structures and systems of knowledge we encounter every day, subverting the accepted and confounding the expected.
Exhibiting artists' works combine repetitive visual sequences and empirical demonstrations with verbal expositions on topics ranging from bodybuildling to contactless card payments and colour perception. Some artworks appropriate a faux-scientific rhetoric, others highlight existential questions unanswerable by science, or employ humour and irreverence to puncture conventional wisdom.
Departing from the objective knowledge sought by the classical scientific method, these artists often foreground the bodily, the personal or anecdotal. Collectively the works evidence an enduring desire for certainty, or systemic meaning, but simultaneously show that understanding is subjective and context-bound.
Recognising the expanded nature of moving image today, a number of artists' work is encountered as sculptural installations some of which will be activated by live-performance elements.
IMAGE: Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, (2015). Film still courtesy of the artist
Amelia Crouch’s new commission Spectral Evidence (shown and told), is about colour perception and colour language. Combining research into the evolution of the eye, the physics of light and semiotics, the work takes colour as a case study to investigate the cultural and biological limitations on human meaning making in our encounter with the world.
Displayed in parallel with a set of pedagogic display structures, Kate Liston’s Dasein and Casein considers human consciousness in a YouTube style demonstration that creates interplay between philosopher Heidegger's existential notion of ‘Dasein’, or 'being in the world', with 'Casein', a protein body builders use to bio-hack the capabilities of the physical body.
IMAGE: Kate Liston, Sweetly Absorbing Knowledge (2015). Film still courtesy of the artist
Other works, such as Liz Magic Laser’s Thought Leader, Patricia Esquvias’s Folklore II and Siân Robinson Davies Conversations employ a lecture, or conversational format, testing the modes of knowledge dissemination.
Navigating how knowledge is created in today’s post-net age Yuri Pattison’s colocation, time displacement, explores the interior of an Internet datacentre.
These recent works are in dialogue with drawings by KP Brehmer and moving image artworks by John Latham, Semiconductor and John Smith from the 1970s and 2000s (presented in association with LUX artists’ moving image collection).
A discursive events programme will expand the project with a series of live performances, film screenings and talks.
- Fri 21 Oct 6-8pm Exhibition launch
- Wed 9 Nov 6-8pm The Scientific Method Artists’ and Curators In Conversation
- Fri 10 Nov 6-8pm The Tetley Open: Artists’ Film, part of Leeds International Film Festival.
- 30 Nov 6pm until late The Tetley Third Birthday Party
- 11 Jan 6-8 pm Wednesday Late: Artist Conversation Matthew Parkin and Paul Clinton.
IMAGE: Yuri Pattison, colocation, time displacement, (2014). Film still courtesy of the artist