intheshed.com, Shed 11, 2-8 March, till late
intheshed.com, Shed 11, 2-8 March, till late.
Review: Lissa Mitchell
Pumping in Shed 11 at present is intheshed.com (you can check out www.intheshed.com for a very limited amount of information), a multimedia exhibition. These artists have generated an inspiring amount of sponsorship and technical support – this show is definitely an example of art as an 'event'.
The keenness on behalf of the artists to involve their audience does come off as a little desperate. Frankly I don't care whether or not I am part of some menagerie of visual footage. In fact the use that is made of random images of people these days is threatening, not 'fun'. I am bored with the whole 'seeing ourselves on screen' theory – especially when I sense it being used as a stand in for ideas. I attend things to see/hear/absorb ideas and variations on them, not to provide potential content for the work.
My main criticism of this show is that it is too dependent on appearing as part of dance culture – as such it works – the trouble is it has been promoted as an art show. Sure stretch the limits, but don't treat art as a poor relation. When I visited at night video projectors of random footage, on a fifteen-minute loop, dominated. Doubt set in as I began to wonder if the projectors were disguising bad art.
Still, this is an
excellent atmosphere with interesting visual layers made by
projections onto static artworks. A work in progress, the
artists are present mixing and playing sounds and visuals -
identify them in grey overalls. Cultivate an altered state
of mind, go on you deserve it, and sink into one of the
beach chairs situated peacefully within the vast space of
Shed 11. intheshed.com closes tonite (8th) with a party –
so go look and