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Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art : Pages of Madness

Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art

Pages of Madness

An on-line exhibition of insidious beauty, sensuality, and contemplation A re-conception of concrete poetry and ciné-roman in multi-media A disturbing artistic exploration of racism's engendering of mental illness One hundred million years to view this in entirety or fifteen seconds in snapshot

Pages of Madness, a new web exhibition by ajaykumar, practicing artist, and academic at Goldsmiths College, University of London and the Royal College of Art, will open on-line for public viewing from
1 May – 31 July 2004 at

The exhibition focuses on mental illness in ethnic minorities following recent medical research which suggests that, due to social factors such as systematic racism, black people in the UK are significantly more likely than white people to suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. A recent high profile case was that of boxer, Frank Bruno.

Drawing on medical evidence and the artists’ own experiences of mental health issues, the on-line exhibition provides an experimental response to this phenomenon, taking the psyche of a mentally ill person using interplays of text, sound, photographic and video image. It includes reconceptions of concrete poetry and the ciné-roman, investigations in narrative space and construction, and explorations of the contemporary notions of cyberspace and Asian ideas of void.

Exhibited in an on-line gallery, the work primarily uses only two colours: black and white. Spare poems engage with images; both fade in and out in a random sequence so a permutation is never repeated. A total of 250 images are presented with a soundtrack to emphasise constancy rather than variation.

You are invited to visit the exhibition at from 1 May 2004.



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