Wysing Art Centre

8 June – 9 August 2012
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK
Curated by Elinor Morgan
With artists Better Futures Forever, Jackie Chettur, Phil Coy, Sean Edwards, Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry, Una Knox, Rosie Pedlow & Joe King

Press release

An exhibition of newly commissioned and existing work that looks at the idea of architecture as an expanded personal archive and a depository for memories.  Part of the national Love Architecture Festival in June, it includes talks and events looking at the space between art and architecture.

This exhibition of newly commissioned and existing work explores the notion that a building can act as an expanded personal archive and a depository for memories. A range of sculpture, drawing and video, work with, or reference to, the connection between architectural space, memory and experience. Throughout the exhibition a number of events brought artists and experts together to discuss the relationship between art and architecture.


The Starry Rubric Set
4 February – 18 March 2012
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK
Curated by Gareth Bell-Jones
With artists Giles Round, Kate Owen, Nicolas Deshayes, Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry, Laure Prouvost, Marjolijn Dijkman, Ruth Beale and Hilary Koob Sassen.

Press release

The group exhibition The Starry Rubric Set (the title taken from a quote from Milton’s poem Paradise Regained) considers classical astrology as a device to bring together new works made by artists who were in residence at Wysing during 2011 as part of The Institute of Beyond and to introduce the three themes of Wysing’s 2012 programme: The Cosmos, The Mirror and The Forest.

The exhibition includes site-specific works, moving-image, sound work, sculpture and prints that loosely explore systems and structures of space and time. A central principle of astrology is integration within the cosmos. The individual, Earth, and its environment are correlated with each other as one; time and space is equivalent. Changes observed in the heavens are therefore reflective of similar cycles of change observed on earth and within the individual. As above, so below; as below, so above. There is a symmetry in the individual as a microcosm and the celestial environment as a macrocosm.

There are a number of parallels between classical astrology and John Latham’s Time Base theory. Across the centre of the gallery space is a reproduction of the time base spectrum from a performance of Latham’s The Government of the First and Thirteenth Chair. Alongside are reproductions of the original 1978 performance at Riverside Studios. The spectrum is made up of 36 bands, from ‘least event’ (1) to ‘universe as event’ (36). The story of humanity occupies the 13 bands from 17 – 30. Human experiences lower down the spectrum are baser and more animalistic, higher numbers represent more enlightened experience. Two stacked chairs are positioned on the time base, one painted black, represents the least event. The other, painted white and stacked on-top, represents the universe as event. The two chairs stacked illustrate Latham’s system of understanding the universe.