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Cell Project Space: SLIP Sensor - 12 Nov 2010 to 23 Jan 2011

Current Exhibition

12 Nov 2010 to 23 Jan 2011
Open Fri.-Sun. 12-6pm or by appointment
Cell Project Space
258 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA
United Kingdom
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still from performative lecture by Ilana Halperin ‘Hand Held Lava’ 2010
commissioned by and performed at Triple Canopy, New York, USA
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Artists in this exhibition: Laura Buckley, Martin Fletcher Systems House, Ilana Halperin, Andy Jackson, Francesco Pedraglio, Maria Taniguchi, Adam Thompson

SLIP Sensor

an exhibition in two parts with

Laura Buckley · Martin Fletcher Systems House · Ilana Halperin · Andy Jackson · Francesco Pedraglio · Maria Taniguchi · Adam Thompson

November 12th 2010 - January 23rd 2011

The following paragraph is a re-imagining of Robert Smithson’s work ‘Asphalt Rundown’, 1969, perceived through the ‘Esper Machine’, a photo analysis tool, depicted in the film ‘Blade Runner’, directed by Ridley Scott, 1982.

'In a forgotten quarry a heavy goods vehicle is emptying it’s load, SLIP, an asphalt load that trickles down, a landslide, an imitation of the painter’s abstract drip…. SLIP Zoom in/Enhance 90%, (to take a closer look); crystalline fragments reflect and refract the light. SLIP Zoom in again/Enhance 34; a shiny cube like stone is migrating. Geometric form, at odds to it’s rounded neighbours, SLIP Track 45/Enhance, Stop/Move in/Stop: 14; miniscule slates, identical in appearance, modular entities, removed from their white-walled resting place, SLIP, asphalt, a recognition of our ancestors ideals, split into disparate parts. SLIP, discordant parts chaotically placed in a Perspex toy box ready for the taking, SLIP Pull back to original/De-enhance 230%: a cascade of moving ground, an unsteady platform, SLIP'. Give me a hard copy right there.’
This paragraph written by artist Andy Jackson contains elements from the film ‘Blade Runner’ directed by Ridley Scott, 1982

The Esper Machine, a voice-controlled computer, analyses a photograph by revealing a three dimensional capture of an event enabling the viewer to zoom into a higher resolution image navigating and scrutinising surfaces and turning corners. As a premise for the exhibition, the above paragraph introduces elements of the works in ‘SLIP Sensor’ (Part I and Part II) through the context of Robert Smithson’s iconic work, Asphalt Rundown’, Rome 1969. Asphalt Rundown is analysed with the Esper’s mechanical precision, to try and piece together its component parts by digitally scanning the work using overlaid grids, as the viewer calls out commands and coordinates. Smithson’s approach to his vast entropic works was to develop a photographic practice, none of which dealt with traditional composition or conventional image making. 35mm slide transparencies reduced representation making the images themselves displacements. SLIP Sensor loosely refers to the ‘Non-Site’ (an indoor earthwork) as a three dimensional logical picture that is abstract, yet it represents an actual site. The artists within this exhibition re-work and re-analyze the aesthetics left by this minimalist trajectory.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a newly published text by writer and independent curator Francesco Pedraglio.The text, a fictive narrative around the imagined existence of abstract objects, will entwine facts and fictions responding to the exhibition by presenting itself as a contribution of artwork to the show.
Francesco Pedraglio co founded FormContent with Caterina Riva and Pieternel Vermoortel in 2007. His practice now interlaces writing with curatorial and editorial projects, experimenting formats of narrativity with hybrid cross-posting between exhibition-making and publishing.

As a special evening event, the artist Ilana Halperin will present ‘Hand Held Lava’, which was performed at ‘Triple Canopy’, New York earlier this year. ‘Hand Held Lava’ is a collaborative performative lecture by volcanic archaeologist, Karen Holmberg, writer/curator, Andrew Patrizio and the artist, Halperin. The lecture focuses on human interaction with an ‘analog geologic event’ combining a volcanic narrative of historic and contemporary eruption footage. Halperin's practice, combines personal experience with scientific theories recording the places she has visited in a quest to understand geological phenomena. In 1999 Halperin heated up a tiny saucepan of milk in a 100 °C sulphur spring to make ‘Boiling Milk Solfataras’
Ilana Halperin (born New York 1973) is based in Edinburgh. Recent exhibitions include 'Physical Geology', Manchester Museum and Artists Space, New York, ‘Estratos’, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Murcia, Spain; ‘Conspire; transmediale 08, House of World Cultures’, Berlin and ‘Towards Heilprin Land', doggerfisher, Edinburgh (2008). It Starts From Here, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; Sharjah Biennial 8. Sharjah, U.A.E; and Enlightenment; Collecting for the Future. Hunterian Art Museum, Glasgow (2007). Where the Wild Things Are, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.

(Part I) SLIP: Zoom in /Enhance 90

Private View 12th November 2010
13th November – 5th December
Martin Fletcher Systems House · Andy Jackson

(Part II) SLIP: Pull back/De-enhance 230

Private View 10th December 2010
11th December – 23rd January 2011
Laura Buckley · Maria Taniguchi · Adam Thompson

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