26 May 2011

Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer - present: ISAM: Control Over Nature at the Crypt Gallery 2011

Yesterday i headed down to the Crypt gallery to check out Amon Tobin and Tessa Farmers collaborative installation 'Control Over Nature' which sets Tessa's macabre dioramas against the ambient soundscapes of Amon Tobin.

You have to admire an artist who puts on no less than two solo shows in one week, and thats what exactly what Tessa Farmer has done, with the two shows complementing each other quite brilliantly. Her other exhibition 'Nymphidia', hosted in Danielle Arnaud's gallery explores her work in a more domesticated space. Whilst this show at the Crypt gallery, with it's dark, damp, claustrophobic surroundings makes for a very different atmosphere.

Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer present: ISAM: Control Over Nature at the Crypt Gallery 2011
Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer present: ISAM: Control Over Nature at the Crypt Gallery 2011
Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer present: ISAM: Control Over Nature at the Crypt Gallery 2011
Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer present: ISAM: Control Over Nature at the Crypt Gallery 2011

The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ISAM: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things.

"There is common ground between Tessa and I" says Amon, "we're both re-arranging and augmenting natural elements to make something imagined but tangible. We are both exploring new uses for familiar materials, or in Tessa's case familiar creatures. I'm trying to take an objective approach to all my source material, whether it's field recording or synthesis based or a mixture of the two. I'm treating it all as musically/creatively relevant and useful."

The show runs from the 26 May - 5 June 2011. There are a few more photos up on Flickr

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