Anne Hardy - Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh) (2018), photo: Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy – Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh)

A co-commission with Art Night 17, Anne Hardy’s installation Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh), was acquired for the permanent collection at Leeds Art Gallery where it was installed for two months. In order to make the work robust enough for Leeds’ permanent collection we incorporated the dimmable strip lights I designed for Anne’s Sensory Spaces #13. In addition I designed a standalone audio/lighting control system which ran from a single Raspberry Pi which contained both the audio piece and the lighting sequence which would run as soon as it was turned on. This no-maintenance system allowed the technical elements of work to run for the duration of the show with no input from the gallery as well as being stored and shown again/toured without complicated technical requirements.

Anne Hardy’s immersive installation ‘Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh)’ (2017) is a riotous salvo of colour, noise and materiality. Originally commissioned for London’s Art Night 2017, and newly acquired by the Leeds Sculpture Collections, the work transforms the White Room into a sensory landscape; a mise-en-scène meticulously constructed using sculptural, audio and light elements.

As you gradually move between the objects, the light and sound dramatically alters; lights plunge into darkness and the sound of rain hammers down. On cue, several pink oscillating fans suddenly whirl into life, blowing long black strips of vinyl tape hanging from protruding poles. I feel lost, increasingly aware of the soft carpet beneath my feet. The mimesis invites Freudian free-association, which opens up countless different readings.