The title is taken from Italo Calvino’s philosophical novel Mr Palomar, which considers the significance of a mundane and anthropocentric view of life, and the apparent insignificance of the world around us.
Hughes and Farmer use macro recordings of nature, time immemorial, to draw our attention to frequencies and life cycles that are either too high, too low, or too quiet to be heard. In this way the artists offer new perspectives that invite us to consider where we place ourselves within our environment.
The work highlights the vastness of the unseen world, and the relative insignificance of the hectic ethos of modern civilization. By utilising one to demonstrate the other we see that the two can’t live without each other.
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Sarah Hughes graduated in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 with first class honours. Previous exhibitions include Oisen “and…and…and”,Sheffield (2007); 65,000 feet, Victoria Baths, Manchester (2007), Gift, Liverpool Biennial Fringe (2006) and [insertspace], Islington Mill, Manchester (2006).
Patrick Farmer is currently a guest lecturer in postgraduate studies in musical improvisation at Newcastle University. Recent projects include live performances at the ICA, London (2007); Spike Island, Bristol (2007); National Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2007) and No Fi music series (2007). He is also a drum and percussion teacher.
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