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An exhibition of three new commissions that respond to the concept of 'site'. Featuring the work of artists Mel Brimfield, Sarah Pickering and Aura Satz.

Each of the artists was asked to propose ideas for new works that responded to the idea of 'site', be it a geographical location, institution, collection, a fictional or conceptual space. The selected artists then undertook a five month research project to develop their ideas and the resulting works will be exhibited at Jerwood Space in August.

Mel Brimfield has produced a film that seeks to reconstruct a fictional lost performance artwork. She has worked extensively on a new script which was developed with a group of actors. A series of four characters provide contradictory eyewitness accounts of a live art event bringing into question whether it is possible to locate a transient performance after its completion.

Sarah Pickering has created a new body of photographs in response to a museum exhibition on Fakes and Forgeries organised by the Art and Antiquities Unit of the Metropolitan Police. She has accessed the Fakes and Forgeries archive at Scotland Yard allowing her to further research one of the most notorious art forgers in history, Sean Greenhalgh. The aim has been to deepen her ongoing exploration of the photograph's relationship to the real, and the notion of authenticity in the subject; is it possible to locate reality through photography?

Aura Satz has explored the notion of how we locate sound. Working as artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL London, she has developed a new intimate, immersive sound sculpture that creates a physical and psychoacoustic sonic experience. A large brass horn, appears like a giant hearing trumpet suspended in the gallery space. Visitors will be encouraged to place their head inside the sculpture which plays a sounds piece written and recorded by the artist and played on a multi channel soundtrack which outputs in a spiral sequence.

Jerwood Encounters provide emerging artists with new exhibition opportunities and the chance to explore issues and ideas across disciplines and art forms. For Locate each of the artists was awarded a £2000 commissioning fee to support them to develop their practice in new areas.

Locate is the third in a series of experimental exhibitions curated by Sarah Williams which have supported collaborative and experimental new commissions within the Jerwood Visual Arts programme. Previous Jerwood Encounters exhibitions curated by Sarah Williams include: An Experiment in Collaboration (2008) and Laboratory (2009). The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication designed by The Partners(1) with text by Cecilia Wee(2).

1) The Partners are the UK's most consistently awarded design agency over the last 25 years. The Partners have created innovative catalogues for previous Jerwood Encounters shows curated by Sarah Williams; Experiment in Collaboration 2008, which won Best in Show at the 2009 Mobius Awards and Laboratory 2009, which won a D&AD Award in 2010.

2) Cecilia Wee is a London-based curator, writer and broadcaster produces art projects that challenge existing models of audience engagement, in the fields of experimental sound, performance and visual art practices, in the UK and internationally.

LOCATE - A Jerwood Encounters exhibition
Kuratorin: Sarah Williams

Künstler: Mel Brimfield, Sarah Pickering, Aura Satz ...