SHOW EXTENDED at The Whitworth art gallery, Manchester until 10 May 2017.
After your final breath, imagine your own decomposing body sitting in a museum, visceral and invasive, and subject to the systems and people responsible for the maintenance and conservation of the art. You experience the afterlife of your body, where the conservation measures compete with the natural processes that would liquefy your flesh and harm the artworks. Your slowly mummifying body is taken into the collection and cared for as though a sculpture, ageing over time, until your body and the artworks inevitable obsolescence.
Grey Granular Fist is experienced by sitting on a specially-constructed ‘listening chair’ installed in an art gallery or museum.
‘I felt heavy, dehydrated, dry, and more deeply within my body at the end.’
– participant feedback
‘… as centuries pass and that sense that you are still together, that you are still almost the physical being that you started as, sitting in the chair, I found that amazing, actually.’ – participant feedback
‘Where it worked really well was when the conservators make a decision because then you accept you are an art work, being there and being part of the place within the collection, and (realising) that you are not accidentally there.’ – participant feedback