A common criticism levelled at the world of art is that it can be too London-centric. Two new exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre - while taking place in London - aim to encourage a cross-country arts dialogue - one a project between three galleries and the other showcasing the product of a Glasgow residency.
The selection of works which is touring the three galleries makes use of technology to explore the subject of memory and forgetting. Of the three works which make up the 3 Series, Parnassius Mnemosyne is the most intriguing. A hypnotic 16mm film featuring a microscope view of a butterfly's wing, the film presents a familiar object as unrecognisible.
Another Tribe film - an experimental documentary called H.M. after the anonymous amnesiac is centres on (not part of the 3 Series) - is also included in the exhibition and provides a fascinating and emotional study of a man usually treated as a medical curio.
In a separate gallery space is Christine Borland's Cast 'From Nature'.
Borland has taken a nineteenth century plaster cast of an anonymous, partially flayed body (From Nature) and recast it as part of a public performance in Glasgow. The new casts are now being exhibited in Camden and bring to mind issues of restoration, dignity and beauty.
Memorial and memory sit side by side in these two fascinating exhibitions.
Kerry Tribe: Dead Star Light and Christine Borland: Cast 'From Nature', 13 May - 10 July, Camden Arts Centre
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