8 - 23 April 2006
For their exhibition at BLOCspace, a.a.s. have created a television or film set in the form of a missile or space rocket control room within the gallery.
Based on the character from Nigel Kneale’s 1950’s popular sci-fi horror series Quatermass, the installation includes a TV screen showing News-24 style footage, where ‘presenters’ report the occurrence of a mysterious event.
However, while some details are revealed, the exact nature of the occurrence remains a mystery; it soon emerges that even the reporters themselves are unaware of what has happened. Encouraging us to suspend our belief, the work also challenges us to consider our readiness to do so.
Stuart Tait and Ana Benlloch, founders and core members of the group, often use other people in their work, “because terms like artist, audience, and performer are only ever provisional”. Here they have formed a collaboration with ten artists from the UK, including previous BLOCspace exhibitors Anachron-Gen and a member of staff at the gallery.
The artists will be appearing in a performance from inside their installation during the exhibition preview on 7 April between 7 and 9pm (all welcome).
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