strung: Hickman vs Grigg
June 7 - July 1 2000
Sarah Minney is an installation artist from Adelaide, South Australia.
Her sound work strung: Hickman vs. Grigg first premiered
at The Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide, and we are pleased
to be able to bring Minney to New Zealand to present this work at
The Physics Room.
strung: Hickman vs Grigg is a continuation of Minney's
research into the creation and representation of desire, where the
viewer is removed from their historically passive role and becomes
an active 'player' in the work, triggering a host of sensual and
Two speakers face off across the expanse of the gallery, and the
audience is surrounded by the sounds of squeaking sneakers, deep
grunts, and rackets smacking tennis balls. The invisible ball can
almost be watched as it moves from one speaker, to the other, and
back again, dwarfing the physical presence of the work.
As the spectator moves around the gallery space, he or
she takes on the various roles of player, umpire or even net. In this
way the audience is removed from their historically passive role and
becomes an integral and active part of the installation. The audience
in a sense completes the work, filling in the empty spaces. By engaging
the audience in such a strong way Minney triggers a host of sensual responses
and individual memories.
Stimulating memory is an aim in many of Minney’s works and she
often uses subliminal sensory symbols to do this. The aural medium of
this work enhances Minney’s ability to draw in her audience and
trigger memory. The looped sounds of strung: Hickmanvs Grigg cannot be
avoided while within the gallery, and their relentless continuation means
audience responses can change over time.
The installation is also accompanied by the performance speaks
nicely which will be held at The Physics Room on Friday 9th
June, at 6pm.
The Physics Room would like to thank Redd Acoustics for their assistance
with this project.
Reviews, Essays & Articles
The Press, 2000 June 28, p. 42
Exhibitions by Sarah Minney and John Fairclough at Physics Room;
Lauren Winstone, Rebecca Waldron and Pip Robertson at High Street
Total_World_View & strung Mickman vs Grigg
PRESTO', issue 25
Andrew Paul Wood