The Cosmos is the first in Wysing’s series of residencies for 2012, followed by The Mirror (July/August) and The Forest (November/December). Artists have been invited, through a selection process, to come to Wysing to make new work in response to these themes.
Four artists and artist groups, Salvatore Arancio, Flora Parrott, Nilsson Pflugfelderand Stuart Whipps, were in residence for six weeks from 1 April, where developed new work culminating in an exhibition in Wysing’s gallery.
During each residency distinguished experts, amateur hobbyists and members of the public will contribute to an ongoing talks and events programme. The three themes, or environments, have emerged from ongoing artistic enquiry at Wysing. The Cosmos, the initial starting points of which were the past, origins and knowledge, The Mirror: the present, reflection and commentary and The Forest: the future and transformation through nature are influenced by literary references to other worlds and the merging of fact and fiction, in particular the writings of JG Ballard, Jorge Luis Borges, Michel Foucault, WG Sebald and Kurt Vonnegut.