A few months ago I came across this film, Vanished: A Video Seance on Vimeo, in a search for some new scares. Happily, I indeed got my fear fix. I won’t go and spoil it for you, just watch here and enjoy (and if you don’t take my word for it, The Guardian rates it too.)
Now, I wasn’t aware of the masterminds behind Vanished at the time, but shortly after I went to see Magic Show – an exhibit bringing the worlds of magic and art together, at the Pump House gallery. As I walked in, I was given a real cat-on-ceiling scare when Brian Catling’s Notes & Bones From a Conjurors Table sprung/jerked/twirled into life for a brief stint of world class kinetic art – before calmly resetting to its original position. As did I. Check out some of the parts in action on Brian’s website.
So to tie this up, I went and googled Catling’s piece, as it was for me, the most memorable and affecting item on show in the exhibit (which was as a whole, also very impressive). So what did I discover? Yes! Catling was indeed that mastermind (along with Tony Grisoni) behind Vanished! A very exciting artist discovery, which I know have to share.
Not only is this man a super talented poet, sculptor and performance artist – he’s also a nice guy who very kindly, supplied me with images of a piece titled Fallen Bow, which I can’t wait to see up close for myself.
Courtesy of www.briancatling.com