The Mirror is the second in Wysing’s series of residencies for 2012, preceded by The Cosmos (April/May) and followed by 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.
For six weeks from 15 July, artists Ed Atkins, Nicolas Deshayes, Philomene Pirecki and Turner Prize 2012 nominee Elizabeth Price are in residence at Wysing’s rural site, developing new work that explores the contemporary and alternate realities in response to the metaphor of The Mirror. To launch their residencies the artists took part in a public round-table discussion chaired by Jeremy Millar at 2.30pm on Sunday 15 July as part of our annual Open Weekend.
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.