Past exhibitions

Faraday's Synaptic Gap: An Exhibition by Rick Myers | 08-Oct-15 to 10-Jan-16

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In 1832 the scientist Michael Faraday conducted an experiment involving Waterloo Bridge. Using a wire that traversed the river, he tried to observe electricity generated by the river's motion through the Earth's magnetic field.

Faraday's Synaptic Gap brings together The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre and The Courtauld Library, on either sides of the Thames. Rick Myers' new exhibition reconsiders the neurological, material, and poetic aspects of this experiment.

The exhibition includes new works, such as Sentences in a Synapse Field, a video piece where spoken words emerge from utterances of fragmented sound. In the diptych piece Submerged Thought, 'Silver Grey Elm' taken from the foundations of the demolished Waterloo Bridge has been milled into two wooden human ears which traverse the two exhibition locations. Noetic Caesura Unit is a grouping of works which act as a research branch of the exhibition comprising a graphic identity, a series of acquisitions, materials borrowed from the library collections, and interventions such as the installation of a white noise machine emitting a steady susurration in view of the Thames. Books from the library's collection have been relocated to the exhibition, now in circulation on the shelf of the Noetic Caesura Unit, directing readers to the materials that form part of the exhibition.
In addition, audience members can immerse themselves in Faraday's thinking through an audio work for headphones. This work can be listened to while walking across Waterloo Bridge, between both parts of the exhibition. Ask at the desk at either exhibition location to borrow a digital player and headphones. The audio can also be streamed directly to your device via the Soundcloud link below.

From Thursday 8th October 2015 to Sunday 10 January 2016.
Acknowledgements and thanks for generous support of the exhibition:
Jeromie Whalen for audio and video production
Alan Hirshfeld
Frank James at The Royal Institution
Rose Marney and Carol Morgan at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London
Nasir Mannan at M3DI
Irvin at Bahnmann Timber, Canada
Robert Lamothe at R&L Sheet Metal, Easthampton MA
Peter Gizzi, Lydia Wilson, Mark Benkley, Lynn and Madeleine

Photographs of installations and exhibition opening taken by Harpreet Kalsi.

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