Pup & Blubber
Thank you to everyone who visited Pup & Blubber, a solo exhibition by Hazel Brill, commissioned by Block 336. Brill works across film, sound, animation, text, sculpture and installation. Her theatrically staged video installations feature multiple protagonists, both human and non-human, who enact plural narratives.In Pup & Blubber, the exhibition’s central characters (from which the show takes its title), are a quiet TV presenting duo, like the sombre ghosts of Ant & Dec or Sooty & Sweep. The double act attempt to explore brain-machine interfacing, taking us from the largest tech conference in the world to a tiny puppet theatre. The video considers the possibility for quotidian and staged ways of travelling outside of the body, in a process whereby an individual can insert their consciousness into non-living ‘hosts’, like cuddly toys, puppets, robots and data. This ‘astral-projection’ can be viewed as an allegory for the literal commercialisation of health-based neurological research. Through a process of compression and collage, Brill creates an intimate world that questions and dissolves notions of the private internal and public external.
Thank you to everyone who visited Pup & Blubber, a solo exhibition by Teresita Dennis, commissioned by Block 336. Dennis’ painting, deeply underpinned by theory, explores how the body engages with and is affected by personal (internal) and impersonal (external) events. The works are painted primarily using her own body, with brushes as a secondary tool. Dennis is interested in the body not only as a physical presence but also as a composition of systems; nervous, somatic and linguistic. Through painting, connections, parallels and relations are drawn, between hand prints made by prehistoric peoples; the ‘all over’ painting spaces of abstract expressionism; grids; op-art; performativity and gesture. Engagements with bodies of matter and thought have been considered more recently alongside the lexicons of touch in technology; the marks and smears found on touch screens such as the swipes, drags, pinches, taps and scrolls that lie, like remains, as we gaze past the screen towards a future, about to appear.
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