Jerwood Encounters: Locate

Mel Brimfield, Sarah Pickering, Aura Satz

New work by Mel Brimfield, Sarah Pickering and Aura Satz in response to the concept of site, be it a geographical location, institution, collection, a fictional or conceptual space developed over a period of five months.

Mel Brimfield has produced a film that seeks to reconstruct a fictional lost performance artwork. She has worked extensively on a new script which was developed with a group of actors. A series of four characters provide contradictory eyewitness accounts of a live art event bringing into question whether it is possible to locate a transient performance after its completion.

Sarah Pickering has created a new body of photographs in response to a museum exhibition on Fakes and Forgeries organised by the Art and Antiquities Unit of the Metropolitan Police. She has accessed the Fakes and Forgeries archive at Scotland Yard allowing her to further research one of the most notorious art forgers in history, Sean Greenhalgh. The aim has been to deepen her ongoing exploration of the photograph’s relationship to the real, and the notion of authenticity in the subject; is it possible to locate reality through photography?

Aura Satz has explored the notion of how we locate sound. Working as artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL London, she has developed a new, intimate, immersive sound sculpture that creates a physical and psycho-acoustic sonic experience. A large brass horn appears like a giant hearing trumpet suspended in the gallery space. Visitors will be encouraged to place their head inside the sculpture which plays a sounds piece written and recorded by the artist and played on a multi channel soundtrack which outputs in a spiral sequence.

Jerwood Encounters are one-off curated exhibitions which provide artists and curators with new exhibition opportunities and the chance to explore issues and territories in the borderlands between the main disciplinary fields of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme. They were first established in 2009.