• Quantum Foam

Brimfield, Mel, 2014, Show, Exhibition or Event, Quantum Foam

Abstract or Description:

Quantum Foam was a film installation commissioned for the Kinsale Arts Festival. An Arts Council of Ireland grant enabled an accompanying series of retrospective solo exhibitions, screenings and talks to follow the staging of the work in Kinsale at the Luan Gallery, Athlone, Wexford Arts Centre, Galway Art Centre and The LAB, Dublin with accompanying publication.

The piece takes the form of a theatrically devised sculptural film installation that contrives to articulate the gallery space as a hotly contested mutable territory, notionally shifting its fictive form and function to stage a wildly divergent sequence of monologue-driven scenarios. Delivered by a virtuoso solo performer (actor David Cann), multiple realities are verbally conjured and systematically dismantled at a dizzying rate of knots by an array of characters, yanking the viewer through one imaginative wormhole after another to slowly reveal the gaseous outline of an individual consciousness at the core. Projected onto a vast monolith screen structure, they appear one after another, like a re-tuning TV set, as a series of grotesque composite ‘faces’ splicing the actor’s monstrously enlarged isolated features into peculiar configurations. As the piece progresses, the pace of interruption and interjection proceeds at a hectic clip; two further audio channels relay auxiliary heckles, reaction and commentary from the other characters. The cast of clamouring voices begin to overlap, simultaneously mumbling, shrieking, weeping, barking and succumbing to apoplectic fits of hysterical laughter before resolving into a single voice singing Faron Young’s ‘Hello Walls’ arranged as a ballad with piano accompaniment.

The menacing claustrophobia of the isolated room as Harold Pinter’s recurring milieu of choice is a key reference point for the work. The populace of enigmatic invaders, manipulative schemers and hapless victims who collide and collude for control or dominance of space in his drama find a garbled echo in the perpetual imaginative reinvention of the gallery’s function proposed.

Quantum FoamAthlone, Dublin,Wexford and Galway - Republic of Ireland19 Sep - 11 Dec 2014One person show
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Mel Brimfield
Funders: Kinsale Arts Festival, Arts Council of Ireland
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 12:31
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2755
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