offsite : inside, 2008
06 February 2008 to 10 February 2008
Newlyn Art Gallery, Transition (Curator's Edition)
Newlyn, South Westwww.newlynartgallery.co.uk
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Jacqueline Knight, 'To Me To You' 2008, Newlyn Art Gallery, part of Transition (Curator's Edition). Installation, two 8mm projectors, screen, plinths. First presented at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum during Dot, Dot, Dash, 2007. Photo: Sara Bowler
'offsite : inside' was devised as an experimental curatorial project to look at different ways of presenting, within a white-cube gallery environment, artist initiated projects that had originally been developed either for, or in response to, non-gallery settings. Five artists: Stacey Righton, Bruce Davies, James Hankey, Elizabeth Masterton and Jacqueline Knight were each invited to stage a one-day only solo presentation of their work in the Lower gallery at Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, over five successive days.
"From the window of the museum where Knight’s piece would be installed, visitors could see the tennis courts used by the engineers at the college. Knight conceived the idea of using images of a bat and a ball to symbolise the Morse alphabet: the ball being equivalent to the dot, and the bat to the dash…The messages “To Me” and “To You” are relayed in Morse Code via flickering, evanescent images on either side of a screen located midway between two Super 8 projectors. The ping pong bat and ping pong ball is projected, alternately and at intervals, from one machine, and the image of a tennis racquet and a tennis ball is projected from the other. The first machine signals “To Me”, the other relays “To You”. The screen on which the images appear is held up on stands, like a truncated net such as might be used in tennis or ping pong"
Extract from Paul Glinkowski's essay, 'offsite:inside examined'