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Remixing Thick Time

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Thursday May 9 4pm-8pm, Grand Hall, Whitworth Gallery

An immersive exhibition created by artists and researchers from the Biosocial Research Lab
at Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with young people from the
Whitworth Young Contemporaries
Remixing Thick Time

Our sense of time tends to shift when we walk into an art gallery. As we move through an exhibition
our bodies become sensitive to shifting compositions of light, sound, space, colour, movement,
feeling, and form. Often an exhibition will re-animate events from other places and times, evoke
memories, and even anticipate future events. Time can feel suspended, altered, slowed, quickened,
and multiplied as we are affected by the particular atmosphere that an exhibition conjures. This
ability to produce an atmosphere that thickens and moves outside of linear time is one of the
strange and compelling powers of art.

Remixing Thick Time invites you to explore shifting concepts and sensations of time through a series
of immersive artworks in the Whitworth’s Grand Hall. Each work has been created through
collaborative workshops with young people, as inspired by the sensory atmospheres and timescapes
of William Kentridge’s “Thick Time” (2018-2019) exhibition. People of all ages are invited to engage
with interactive audio-visual works, remixed sounds and images, animations, live drawing
experiments, biosensing projections, whispering objects, and more.

The exhibition is part of the ongoing Local Alternatives project, which brings young people together
with artists and researchers to explore new modes of sensing, thinking, and making:
www.localalternatives.org

List of Works

1. The Missing Half-Second, layered animation, 125 drawings

2. The Haptic Eye, non-linear video matrix, live digital drawing and modulation

3. Conceptual Calling Cards, set of 30 printed cards, wearable sensors and live biodata
projection, participatory actions

4. Sounding Time, interactive audio matrix, remixed sounds, ambient acoustics

5. The Fugitivity of Time, inflatable architecture, found objects, Bluetooth speakers,


whispered texts

Collaborators: David Rousell, Elizabeth de Freitas, Laura Trafi-Prats, Riikka Hohti, Sally Thelwell, the
Young Contemporaries

With Support from: The Biosocial Research Lab, Manchester Metropolitan University (Research and
Knowledge Exchange), Whitworth Gallery, and the Finnish Foundation.

For more information, please contact David Rousell (d.rousell@mmu.ac.uk)