Hatton Gallery Exhibition

Internationally renowned artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie have been working hard over the last two years to develop brand new installations in response to the CANDO project. 

The exhibitions will open on Saturday 18th January 2020, running until Saturday 9th May 2020.

Illuminating the Self - Susan Aldworth & Andrew Carnie - Hatton Gallery Preview from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.

Photographs of the exhibition can be found by searching for CANDO Newcastle on Flickr or clicking here.

Susan Aldworth: 'Out of the Blue'

The installation, entitled Out of the Blue, is Aldworth's response to reading 100 testimonies about living with epilepsy, and to the science which is developing ways to control some focal epilepsies with a combination of brain implants and blue light. Epilepsy is a hidden, often stigmatised and debilitating condition, which affects 1 in 100 people. Community Embroiderers, from diverse backgrounds, have sewn these testimonies, using UV sensitive theatres, onto 100 pieces of Victorian undergarments.

Out of The Blue by Artist Susan Aldworth from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.

Aldworth has used underwear to suggest the hidden side of epilepsy, made public through the sewing and the UV light which will be shone intermittently to highlight the text. Suspended from pulleys and motors, the installation will be programmed to move based on the algorithms of neural networks.

The project is indebted to everyone who agreed to write about the experience of living with epilepsy, and to those who embroidered their words. Nicola Swanborough at the Epilepsy Society, Amanda Smith of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Pam Davis at Fulwell Community Resource Centre provided invaluable help with finding contributors and embroiderers. The Victorian underwear garments were sourced by Jade Maclaine at her wonderful shop Hawk & Dove in Hastings. Maria Potter at Madeira generously supplied the threads.

Out of the Blue. Susan Aldworth, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery. Out of the Blue. Susan Aldworth, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery.

The Royal School of Needlework, and in particular Angie Wyman, helped in countless ways, as did many of its exceptional students. The school also allowed Susan to photograph the finished garments in its apartment at Hampton Court Palace.

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Out of the Blue Embroiderers' Notes PDF 78Kb

‌Read about how the embroiderers took on the challenge of working with people's personal testimony of living with epilepsy.

Andrew Carnie: 'Blue Matter'

Andrew Carnie has made a large-scale new film, Blue Matter, which immerses the visitor in an imagined landscape of the brain. Visual metaphors are created through a combination of drawing and computer animation.

Blue Matter. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery. Blue Matter. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery.

Interventions within this landscape allude to the science and raise questions over the dilemma of interfering with such beauty. The interventions reflect Andrew's interest in the application of optogenetic technology beyond the CANDO project: "optogenetics research using light to control cells in living tissue may have an impact beyond epilepsy and upon us all".

Blue Matter. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery. Blue Matter. Andrew Carnie, 2019. Photograph by Colin Davison. Part of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at Hatton Gallery.

Blue Matter is supported by a series of sculptures that explore disruption and balance. During an epileptic seizure, the natural rhythms of brain activity are disturbed with the CANDO project seeking to restore equilibrium. In response, Andrew's sculptures involve different objects in changing states. Meteorological balloons, illustrated with brain cells, inflate and deflate, and the lines of light from laser levels are broken and fragmented. In each case, the change is triggered by the sound or movement of exhibition visitors. A still state is unsettled before a period of calm returns.

Andrew's work on the project can be followed through his blog here.

Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery

The Hatton Gallery is located at Kings Road, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.

The gallery is open to the public 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday during exhibitions with free entry.

www.hattongallery.org.uk