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GEORGE HENRY LONGLY
The Tissue Equivalent

Curated by Adélaïde Blanc
Scientific consultant by Jean-Christophe Charbonnier

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

February 16 – May 13, 2018

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George Henry Longly presents an unsettling sensory experience in a vast arena that plays host to eight suits of daimyo armour, bearskin spear sheaths, and banners. The British artist offers a contemporary perspective on these historical objects which here dialogue with an installation that blends sculpture, video, and sound. Veritable technological masterpieces of their time, the suits of armour enter into resonance with deep-sea research robots that explore the abysses of the ocean. From skin to armour, from the exoskeleton to artificial extensions of the body, the works of George Henry Longly and the daimyo artifacts connect through the prisms of history, science, and phenomenology.

Paying close attention to systems of display, be they museological, theatrical or commercial, George Henry Longly presents a shifting environment that skirts and sidesteps our every attempt to apprehend it.

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Sculpted into the form of limbs or torsos, this material has previously been launched by scientists beyond Earth’s atmosphere in order to test the levels of radiation to which the body would be exposed in outer space. In a similar fashion, “The Tissue Equivalent” exposes visitors to distortions and oscillations, forces which modify their perception of the exhibition space and of the works and historical Japanese objects to which it plays host.

 

CREDITS
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Valentin (Paris) and Galerie Koppe Astner (Glasgow)
Photos by Aurélien Mole

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Gió Marconi, Milano