Visceral

We live in an age of disturbing flux, uncertainty and ethical quandaries.

Unsettled has become our new norm, and so we are obsessed with the visceral and the animalistic because it renders the perfunctory rituals of our everyday life.

It reminds us that we are all temporal.

David Abram paraphrases the well-known phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, when he states that ‘the sensing body is not a programmed machine but an active and open form, continually improvising its relation to things and to the world.’

Like affect, the visceral feeling is pre-reflective and bodily. And in relation to art, the physical reaction to a work of art can be accompanied by a sensation of anticipation or unease, ensuring the viewer’s attention is seized. Thereafter, if the artwork is nuanced and engaging, it will hold the viewer’s attention long after the viewer has moved away, ultimately providing prolonged reciprocity between the artist, artwork and viewer.

The participating artists explore ‘visceral effect’, as a mode of response and instinctual communication and to examine the way preconconceptual responses to events, actions and circumstances may be the origin and influence of profound subjective formation and consequence.

Exhibition Details

Exhibitions Dates:
12 February 2017 until 2 April 2017