The Peckham Experiment

Space Station Sixty-Five
65 North Cross Road
East Dulwich

If you, as we like art to be prawn cocktail flavour, then you will like this.

Space Station Sixty-Five is a small gallery in East Dulwich, that's currently playing host to an exhibition inspired by 'The Peckham Experiment'.

Although it sounds like a Quatermass sequel about psychological torture, The Peckham Experiment was, according to the exhibitors "a groundbreaking health centre focussing on wellness rather than the later NHS disease model. It existed from 1926 -1950, founded by George Scott Williamson and Innes Hope Pierce. Central to their philosophy was a belief that if left to themselves people would spontaneously begin to organise in a creative way."

A number of artists have been invited to produce work in response to those ideas and Space Station Sixty-Five is showing work by Ellie Harrison and Nick Cobb.

One of Ellie's works is a vending machine, wired to the internet, programmed to release crisps whenever a key word relating to the economy appears on the BBC News website. We forgot to find out why - we were too excited to find a free packet of crisps in the draw - but we like to imagine that it's some sort of satirical point about Robert Peston's undue influence on the markets, or something.

Nick Cobb whittles plastic bottles in to anthropomorphic figures and places them in cardboard streetscapes. Normally, his work only appears in photographs but seen in 3D, you can appreciate how clever and minimalistic it is.

The Peckham Experiment is showing until November 7th, 2009.

1 comments:

Headhunter said...

Actualy I think I'm more interested in the "Quatermass sequel about psychological torture", when is that on?

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