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  • Sat, 03 Mar 2012 - Sun, 22 Apr 2012
  • 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Fear of place is the focus of this exhibition. Ten artists - Anne Eggebert, Matze Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Polly Gould, Marja Helander, Uta Kogelsberger, Abigail Reynolds, Almut Rink, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson - respond to this intriguing subject through drawing, video, painting, photography sculpture, sound and installation.

As an anxiety disorder, topophobia is an irrational dread of certain places or situations. However, considered as a cultural phenomenon, the condition connects us to existential human questions of how we find our place in the world. The exhibition and accompanying publication take a look at the representation of place and space as both threatened and threatening.

Why does the picturing of place provoke anxiety? The industrial revolution, and more recently information technology have increased the proliferation of images including those of place. TOPOPHOBIA reflects on the technologies of perception that shape our understanding of space and place, and presents a timely and essential enquiry into subjective responses to place in the 21st century.

Artists in the exhibition consider basic rules of perspective, the significance of printed books and mapmaking, the influence of the camera, computer animation of simulated space, the wonder of Google earth and the possibility of recording sonic traces of an environment.

TOPOPHOBIA is curated by Eggebert-and-Gould, and will tour to Spacex, Exeter 12 May – 7 July 2012.

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