Black Argos, Jennifer Bailey, Karen Cunningham, Rob Lye, Nicole Morris, Yuri Pattison, Oliver Smith
August 3rd, 2013
Quantum Leap will happen in Edinburgh and Malmö, with invited works disappearing between Scotland and Sweden to emerge reconfigured, having travelled through space and time.
Quantum Leap enters a sense of plural temporalities. Contexts are shifting. Works perform mutating or restless roles, addressing the outsourcing or disembodiment of experience through the prisms of culture, technology, language, knowledge… ‘a process of translation is involved…
…even if two people speak the same language’.1 Works transport and transpose between sites, acting as capsules to convey a past and catalysts to affect a future. Beyond the limits of their own control, works anticipate, code or bridge a gap between events, addressing this uncertain locus in their form and content.
1 Karen Cunningham, Writing Culture, video with sound, 1:57, 2013.
The title of the event is taken from a popular sit-com/drama that ran from 1989 – 1993, in which scientist Sam Becket gets eternally lost in time by entering a prototypical time machine. In each episode he is jettisoned into a different year, place and situation. He can’t predict where he will emerge. He is out of control, forced to re-perform the roles of others. A predictable yet fragmented narrative of perpetual re-contextualization.
Fay Nicolson is an artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include, ‘WORK WITH MATERIAL’, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria (2013) and ‘Bad Signs’, PLAZAPLAZA, London (2012). Fay is currently showing in the following group exhibitions: ‘OPEN CUBE’ White Cube, Masons Yard, London (until 21 September); ‘A Small Hiccup’, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (until 30 August); Mind Rhymes, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London (until 31 August). Other recent exhibitions and projects include ‘Take Me Out’, Limoncello, Art Projects, The London Art Fair, London (2013) and ‘Verlan’, Twelve Around One, London (2012). Fay recently delivered performative talks at ‘Lecture Performance’, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and ‘An Artist, Unlearning’, David Roberts Art Foundation, London.
As an extension of her practice Fay occasionally collaborates with artist Oliver Smith @ www.expansioncollapse.com. In 2012 Fay collaborated with Candice Jacobs to curate ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ at QUAD, Derby and worked with Majed Aslam to curate the online project ‘RE-RUN’.