Degree Show | ENCEPHALON

Ecephalon, 2011

Encephalon is derived from Augustus Veinoglou’s continuing study of the ontology of the trap, spatial poetics and research into dream spaces. Within the open arena of Edinburgh College of Art’s sculpture court the work aims to act as a portal by enclosing the viewer and transporting them to a ‘pyschological inter-zone’. Encephalon, a Greek medical term for the brain and the work’s title, signals the nature of this mental space. While the form of the work is deliberately sympathetic with the architecture of its location, it intends to prompt a critical view of public space through attitudes or thoughts of immersion and esoteric retreat.

The interior architecture directs the viewer towards specific experiences within the structure where each internal space has been built to elicit particular emotional responses. Dark space refers to ‘the emancipation of illicit drives’, corridor to ‘normalised experiences’ and escapism and white spaces to the sublime. Veinoglou is interested in the visitors’ flow around these spaces and how their paths can be compared to that of an electrical current within a brain neuron.

The work asks the viewer to consider the relationship between the physical and the conceptual in contemporary art practice, suggesting that the sensual has become isolated from the conceptual. Veinoglou proposes that the physical senses are essential in informing and shaping our cerebral responses to the art object and for arising levels of spirituality and creativity.

Phase1 flooring | Phase2 main build in progress| Phase3 assessment day | Phase4 skinning | Phase5 night shooting | 6. PASSERBY | 7. VISCERA | 8. EXTERIOR 

Sponsors and supporters

13 copies of encephalon catalogue will be for sale at the MFA Fine Art information point. Catalogues come with a limited edition screen print.
left: catalogue cover.


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