Published: 13 March 2018 at 10:00
Anglia Ruskin graduates present work from Mobile Laboratory for Extraordinary Research
Two Anglia Ruskin University Masters graduates have stepped into the world of the supernatural for their latest exhibition.
Julie Sleaford, who studied MA Photography at Anglia Ruskin, and MA Printmaking graduate Vic Dawson invited the public to visit their “Mobile Laboratory for Extraordinary Research” last summer, and the results of that work will be revealed at the Cambridge Artworks ArtSpace Gallery on the weekend of 7-8 April.
Intrigued by the involvement of Cambridge academics in the inception of the Society for Psychical Research in the late 19th century, the artists set out to explore the relationship between light and reality, the tension between presence and absence, and how our fears and desires shape perception.
Their “Mobile Laboratory for Extraordinary Research” was in fact a converted caravan, with a pinhole camera and darkroom. Participants posed outside the caravan to create an image that travelled through time and space to become imprinted on photographic paper.
The artists also explored attitudes to uncanny or mysterious happenings by asking visitors to share their unusual experiences on audio tape and bring along objects they believe to be charged with a powerful personal resonance.
Explaining the process, Julie said:
The exhibition “Dark Room” is on display at Cambridge Artworks ArtSpace Gallery on Green’s Road in Cambridge on Saturday, 7 April and Sunday, 8 April (11am-4pm), with the private view taking place on Friday, 6 April (6-8pm). Entry to the exhibition is free.