Internationally acclaimed artist Alice Anderson comes to Oxford Brookes

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Time Capsules

The Glass Tank is proud to present a series of new sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Alice Anderson.

Entitled Time Capsules, these geometric forms made from rusted recycled steel will be shown for the first time in the Glass Tank alongside Elevator Data (2015), a large copper-coloured object that was exhibited recently at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris. Together these works explore an alternative mode of experiencing the world in an age of digital technology, with a focus especially on the mechanisms of human memory.

In response, students donated objects they saw as being significant today. These objects have been capsuled in steel and will start a debate on how our experience of the world is changed by technology. A university context is perfect for this debate and I have found it rewarding collaborating with students and staff.

Alice Anderson

Commenting on the new work, Anderson said: “The digital world gives more information, freedom and creativity, and at the same time it fundamentally changes the process of our memorisation. In my contrast explorations of alternative ways of memorising objects through quasi funerary rituals whereby the object lies within a steel capsule. The capsule becomes an abstract shape that preserves the objects. These funerary rituals mirror how fast our memory is subject to the evanescence of the world surrounding us.

“In response, students donated objects they saw as being significant today. These objects have been capsuled in steel and will start a debate on how our experience of the world is changed by technology. A university context is perfect for this debate and I have found it rewarding collaborating with students and staff.”

This will be the first time Anderson has shown her work in a university and she has engaged Oxford Brookes students by inviting them to donate personal objects to her studio that have a special relevance to the world we live in today. A selection of these objects has been incorporated in to the work.

Joanna Walker, Glass Tank Manager and Exhibitions Curator said: “We are delighted to welcome Alice Anderson to Oxford Brookes. This is the first time the Glass Tank has been able to show fine art of an international standing and the installation will no doubt raise the profile of the gallery. We are extremely fortunate to present a new body of work by Anderson created especially for the Glass Tank.

“Our students have been invited to contribute to many aspects of the project, from the donation of personal objects to Anderson’s studio, which have been incorporated in to the sculpture on display, to the creation of an online visitor guide and promotional material and assistance with the technical installation. An MA Music student has even created a new composition in response to Anderson’s art and this will be performed on the evening of the preview.

“The project has presented such a unique opportunity and no doubt the students will take the skills and experience they have gained in to their future careers.”

The preview will take place at 6.00pm on Monday 29 February in the Glass Tank and everyone is welcome. There will be a performance of Re:call by Oxford Brookes masters student Harriet Butler, which has been composed especially for the occasion and is a creative response to Anderson’s art.

Time Capsules will be on display in the University’s Glass Tank gallery until 23 March.

Born in 1972 in London, Alice Anderson has lived in Algeria and France and she currently resides in London. She is primarily a sculptor and her work is shown and collected internationally, including Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre, Whitechapel Gallery and the Agnes b. Collection. In 2013 her work featured in the 55th Venice Biennale. Anderson recently had a major solo exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London (Memory Movement Memory Objects, 2015), at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (Data Space, 2015) and she is currently showing her work in a group exhibition by women artists at the Saatchi Gallery, London (Champagne Life).