Alice Anderson to mummify in copper for Memory Movement Memory Objects show

By Culture24 Reporter | 05 February 2014

Visitors will be given an open invitation to mummify a 1967 Ford Mustang in a ritual at artist Alice Anderson's next exhibition

Alice Anderson, the artist known for her minimalist, near-geometric sculptures and objects wrapped in wire, has mummified all of the objects in her next exhibition, Memory Movement Memory Objects, using glistening copper thread.

Anderson has created more than 100 objects, divided across five areas. The first, Factory, extends her studio into the gallery, inviting wanderers to mummify a 1967 Ford Mustang and smaller objects in a space with a spool soundtrack which, according to the artist, has the air of a shamanic ritual.

“The Factory is a place producing a solidarity bound to objects,” explains the Anglo-French artist, also known for her filmworks and place in the Venice Biennale last year.

“Each mummified item is a ritual object. Small ones elicit an intense concentration, generating fast motions.

“Larger objects require slower movements that engender deep collaboration and exchanges between the people performing the mummification.

“In both cases, the objects are powerfully charged and carry the collective energy and the identities of the participants in the space."

The four further chambers – Recognisable Objects, Abstract Objects, Assemblage and Accumulation and Distorted Objects – will carry a sense of entombment and deathliness, as well as archaeology made modern.

“Even those objects that 'speak' to us because of their familiarity are fundamentally altered by our experience of time,” says Kate Forde, the Senior Curator at the Wellcome Collection in London.

“Anderson's invitation to create a social sculpture will enable visitors to discover both the unstable nature of memory and its profoundly creative potential.

“As we attempt to bridge the gap between then and now we are also called upon to connect with each other, and to move from being onlookers to participants."

  • Exhibition runs summer 2015.

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A photo of a cushion-like figure made out of copper against a dark background
Turntable, Alice Anderson's Travelling Factory (2013)© Photo: Matt Holyoak
A photo of a chair-like figure made out of copper against a dark background
Laptop, Alice Anderson's Travelling Factory (2013)© Photo: Matt Holyoak
A photo of a square door-like figure made out of copper against a dark background
Sash Window, (2013)© Photo: Matt Holyoak
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