21 May – 18 June 2005
Collective presented the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Swedish artist Victoria Skogsberg, who showed a new video installation work based on research and issues surrounding the paranormal. Skogsberg's practice takes the form of drawings, photographs, video and sound, to create atmospheric installations. In other work, Skogsberg used the appearance and disappearance of the human figure in wall drawings and video works to suggest a phenomenal presence in the space. Through examining ideas associated with spirituality and belief, science and experience, her work attempts to alter the viewer's comprehension of the world and concepts of reality by looking beyond the ordinary and presenting suggestions of the unknown. For this project, Victoria worked with the University of Edinburgh's Koestler Parapsychology Unit to draw on the history of the digital electroencephalogram (EEG). Invented in the 1920s, the EEG is a method for measuring brain activity which is currently being put to use in controversial research to uncover the origins of anomalous mental phenomena.
Artist Talk, 4 June 2005, 2pm
Victoria Skogsberg discussed some of the influences in her exhibition and
Ian Baker will also be present to explain some of the technology and work
currently undertaken by the Koestler Unit at Edinburgh University.
This is an archived programme entry.