5-30 May 2010
Private view: Tuesday 4th May 2010, 6-9pm
Victoria Browneâ€™s video projection and polymergravure prints are the result of a three year project researching CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Speculative Progress plays on locating the ever-elusive Higgâ€™s boson using 19th century hachuring techniques and the Dufourkarten - a military topographical survey of Switzerland completed in 1862 - to parody first beam events at the Large Hadron Collider. Browneâ€™s labour intensive topography invokes string theoristsâ€™ description of the Multiverse as a mountainous spacetime divided into an infinity of valleys, to portray two-dimensional splinters of an exoteric, multidimensional landscape.
Her livre objet edition Shake me continues Browneâ€™s foray into uncertain territory with sealed valves containing mathematical formulae. As the figures merge and separate, rebounding off their domed encasement, churning in a perpetual snow storm, no concrete sums can be deciphered. Instead, each shift in arrangement could witness the birth of a multitude of universes only to vanish with a flick of the wrist.
Victoria Browne is the founder of KALEID editions and an artist in residence at Middlesex University. Browne will exhibit a further installation at The Belfry project space, St. John on Bethnal Green in September 2010.