Apparatusphere

2014
Installation, Dimensions Variable
Plywood, adhesive vinyl, dowels, ink jet paper, plastic spheres

Images of experimental testing apparatus from the extrasensory perception laboratory of parapsychologist Dr JB Rhine (1895-1980) manifest as spherical globes teetering on a landscape of vinyl veneered plywood platforms. Apparatusphere makes allusion to the mechanical orrery.
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Drawing on the aesthetics of handmade experimental ESP (extrasensory perception) research apparatus from the Rhine Research Center,  Durham, NC, the sculptural work Appartusphere makes reference to mechanical orrery models. Images of experimental testing apparatus from the extrasensory perception laboratory of parapsychologist Dr JB Rhine (1895-1980) manifest as spherical globes teetering on a landscape of vinyl veneered plywood platforms.

Apparatusphere was initially conceived as part of AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED (2013-14), a body of sculpture and video work that considers the historic and groundbreaking experimental ESP (extrasensory perception) work of parapsychologist Dr JB Rhine (1895-1980). Regarded as the Father of Modern Parapsychology, Rhine was a leading researcher and published author. Rhine was interested in testing ESP, telepathy, psychokinesis and precognition through laboratory methods acceptable to science. Rhine began his renowned experimental research in the 1930s and developed tests employing the identification of unseen cards and the prediction of dice rolls.

AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED pursues the artist's fascination in the researcher's quest for answers and proof and reflects on the lives and personaliities, and the work and experimental apparatus of those involved in parapsychology. A 1934 telegram found in the archives of the Parapsychology Laboratory, housed at Duke University, Durham, NC, and carrying a sticker demanding 'AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED BY THE SENDER OF THIS MESSAGE' provides the title for the body of work.

AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED is developed from the artist's 2011 residency working with the Rhine Research Center and Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, QUAD, Derby, 2014
Apparatusphere, Installation shot, A Rose Has Teeth in The Mouth of The Beast,
A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, 2015 | Photograph: BLOOM