Imagine brain functions that nestle in our neural pathways and in our sensorimotor capacities, that thread down our spines, or pump stress hormones through our endocrine system.
Primavera 2016 proposes just this.
Drawing on the rapidly expanding field of cognitive science known as embodied cognition, which posits that the creation of knowledge might first begin in the body, rather than in the brain, the works in this exhibition occupy the threshold between the body and the outside world. Situated on this threshold, each of the works provides opportunities for the artwork to communicate directly with the viewer’s body.
Imagine that our brain is dispersed and alive within and throughout the flesh and sinew of our body.
Primavera 2016 Curator, Emily Cormack
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Steven Cybulka has created a vast architectural intervention, serving as the ‘skeleton’ for the exhibition.View More
Pia van Gelder harnesses the innate capacity of the human body to conduct energy through contact.View More
Biljana Jancic’s work floods a hidden corner with silver plains of vinyl tape, reflecting the blue of a vacant projection screen as well as viewers’ movements through the space.View More
Adelle Mills’ work will feature on four large screens, creating unconscious connections between the body of the viewer and that of the performer on screen.View More
Mira Oosterweghel’s sculptural forms will traverse the upper reaches of the gallery space, signifiers of human activity, threatening and fearful, within the tamed space of the gallery space.View More
Emily Parsons-Lord has created an air compound that estimates the quality of air from the greatest extinction event in earth’s history.View More