CIRCA Projects


Space Release #1

Emma Hart


4 October to 1 December 2012

“How can the informative be smashed? How can the apparatus’ that make documents/information/representations be made to make presentations/experiences/actions?”*

Fed up of producing her own works herself, Hart has made a group of camera assistants to help with the arduous tasks of fabrication and documentation. The chorus of avian lens based chimera, hatched from everyday items and crossed with cameras, demand your attention with their animated video chorus.

For CIRCA, Hart’s absurd camera bird sculptures gather in a new formation, which requests the audience to step up, instead of hanging back in contemplation.

Working with sculpture, Hart interferes with the viewing of video, making work that is detailed, complicated and chaotic; rendering it impossible to entirely take in. Hart can never be sure what the viewer has seen and relinquishing control charges up the sculptural installation into a live situation. Hart draws on the potential for a camera to precipitate an event, and not simply record it. Maybe the camera never lies, but Hart’s cameras (that have grown wings) will imagine.

A publication accompanying the exhibition co-published by Matt’s Gallery and The Centre for Useless Splendour at University Kingston London with a text by Sally O’Reilly is free to all gallery visitors.

TO DO was commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, London, and toured to OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich in May 2012.

Hart has presented solo exhibitions and performances at venues including The Whitstable Biennale 2012, Cell Project Space, Stanley Picker Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. She is currently researching for her PhD at Kingston University. In 2011 Hart presented the critically acclaimed TO DO, at Matt’s Gallery, where she is represented. In 2012 her first in the series of Monuments to the Unsaved was exhibited when she was nominated for the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Awards. Hart’s forthcoming projects include The Forest a Wysing Arts Centre residency and a solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London, in 2013.

* Emma Hart – A conversation with Emma Hart and Amy Budd, Outpost Gallery, 2011

4 October to 1 December 2012

Thursday, 11am–7pm
Friday to Saturday, 11am–6pm



Stephenson Works
South Street
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PE