VISUALISE Cambridge from a different perspective

Published: 10 January 2012 at 13:12

Caution Matter exhibition kicks off Anglia Ruskin’s new public art programme

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Anglia Ruskin University is bringing a feast of public art to Cambridge this year through its new VISUALISE initiative.  Running until July 2012, VISUALISE will see a range of contemporary artists work with Anglia Ruskin to create exciting temporary public art projects, exhibitions, workshops and events across the city.

Rather than taking the traditional approach of producing sculptures in public spaces, VISUALISE is embracing Anglia Ruskin’s areas of excellence in fine art, media arts and digital technologies.  

The programme will bring internationally known artists to work with the digital screens in the Ruskin Gallery as well as in unusual public spaces, including shops in Cambridge city centre and the grass lawns of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy.

Bronac Ferran, curator of VISUALISE, said:

“Cambridge is a perfect place to develop a programme of activities exploring and experimenting with the intersections and boundaries between arts, sciences and other disciplines.”

The VISUALISE programme will be launched at Anglia Ruskin on Tuesday, 17 January (7pm) with a night of films, poetry, performances, installations and sound art to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Fluxus Movement.  The exciting line up of performers includes Liliane Lijn, Michelle Lewis-Smith, Jamie Allen, Duncan Speakman, Sarah Anderson, David Ryan, Tom Hall, Julio d’Escrivan and Mark Bartlett.

This event is preceded by the opening of the Caution Matter exhibition at 6pm.  Caution Matter examines the themes of art, industry and mythology with Liliane Lijn, internationally renowned visual artist and dynamic poet, working in collaboration with sound and media artist Jamie Allen in a premiere of a touring show which is funded by Arts Council England.

Born in New York in 1939, Liliane Lijn is a kinetic art pioneer and was formerly artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California.  Commenting on her new exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery which runs until 26 January, she said:

“Industry transforms resources and generates the profusion of product that both feeds and is fed upon by our society.
“While often presented as an exploiter of people and planetary resources, to the point that it is hardly seen for its creativity or for its essential role at the core of our society, industry is chiefly concerned with the transformation of matter; transformations that in ancient times were the prerogative of the gods.
“Caution Matter conveys the remarkable exchange of energies at work in processes that normally occur behind closed doors.  Caution Matter calls attention to these processes, to materials and their incessant transformation all around us.  Caution Matter asks us to observe the last dance of the material world.”

VISUALISE is being project managed by Futurecity and is being delivered in collaboration with Cambridge City Council.  For further information, visit