The Photographer’s Gallery is located near Oxford Circus Station.
On the day of my visit (05 November 2015), there were 4 exhibitions there, which were clearly listed at the entrance.
All the exhibitions are organised installed and with clear explanation. The ‘BURDEN OF PROOF’ is almost like a documentary. The ‘TOUCHSTONE’ provided pencils and cards to allow visitors to write or draw down what they see in the picture. ‘HORIZONTAL HUMANS’ was displayed on a big screen on the ground floor in a different style, you may miss it if you just went straight to the lift and thought that’s just a random animation near the cafe.
NOÉMIE GOUDAL: SOUTHERN LIGHT STATIONS
BURDEN OF PROOF: THE CONSTRUCTION OF VISUAL EVIDENCE
TOUCHSTONE: UNTITLED (CRIME SCENE)
The Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery both located inside the Kensington Gardens.
Unlike The Photographer’s Gallery, The Serpentine Gallery showed Jimmie Durham’s ‘Various Items and Complaints’ in a way that requests the audience to explore and feel the artworks.
The explanation was faded on the wall and not easy to notice (see above).
Some artworks worked as part of the building, some were displayed the same way as in a museum. They are all somehow playful, inviting, and make you think. Jimmie Durham (b. 1940, USA) is an artist, poet, essayist and political activist living in Berlin, maybe that is the reason why the artworks are diversified.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery presented Rachel Rose: Palisades.
Rachel Rose is an American artist and a winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award. As mentioned on the official web page, this installation ‘created an immersive environment through movement, sound and colour.’
When you enter the space, you would feel that you are inside of the artwork and experiencing it, instead of standing aside and just watching.
The Wellcome Collection is located in central London on Euston Road, it is showing Ann Veronica Janssens’s installation called ‘yellowbluepink’. Ann Veronica Janssens is a contemporary visual artist who works primarily in light. She was born in 1956 in Folkstone and lives in Brussels. This installation ‘yellowbluepink’ uses mist, colour and light to form a space with very limited visibility, to make the visitors conscious of their senses in daily life. The uncertain feeling of experience will make you realise how you normally interact with the world.
Although the installation is intended to remove senses, the colours are still rich and visible. A dark room could remove visibility completely but that would be quite common in daily life. Veronica Janssens used the mist and colour to make this unusual environment that you won’t normally experience unless you are in your dream.