Kills 99.9% of bacteria
Edy Fung, French & Mottershead, Jasmin Marker, Jennifer Mehigan, Kate Cooper, Roee Rosen
20 January – 10 March 2018
Kills 99.9% of bacteria is a group exhibition – including new and existing video, audio and installation works by Kate Cooper, French & Mottershead, Edy Fung, Jasmin Marker, Jennifer Mehigan & Darius Ou, and Roee Rosen – that explores encounters with otherness.
We Need Sanctuary, Kate Cooper’s video installation in Gallery 1, features perfect, injured and decaying digitally-rendered female forms. These figures are subjected to and resist idealised representations of the human body and exploitative labour, resulting in an uncomfortable confrontation with abjection. The immersive audio works in French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series, which includes Grey Granular Fist in Gallery 1 and Woodland in Gallery 2, have been developed in collaboration with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators. They offer meditations on death and an intimate knowledge of the body’s decomposition and return to the environment.
For Kills 99.9% of bacteria, Edy Fung has created site-responsive sculptural installations across CCA that reference barriers and borders in our immediate vicinity, such as the Derry walls. Norens for Derry reference traditional Japanese ‘noren’ room dividers, which signal a passage from one type of architectural and symbolic space to another, and incorporate building materials associated with breathability and permeability, such as hydraulic lime and horse hair.
Jennifer Mehigan’s work includes the video SUICIDE GIRLS and the posters and works in the ongoing project Fantasy Flesh 2.0 – collaboratively developed with art director and designer Darius Ou. Mehigan’s works merge science fiction, essay, memoir and virtual reality to explore the effect and affect of depression, trauma and crisis. They include a visual identity for the skin and cosmetic product brand ACHLYS, which promises interior and exterior self-care and healing required in an age of precariousness and catastrophe. Kills 99.9% of bacteria includes collaborations with non-human entities that occupy the body and the world around us.
My Immortals, Jasmin Marker’s silk wall hanging, is reminiscent of a Buddhist mandala. It features patterns made up of images of the microbes she has cultured from her own body (ear, armpit and gut), her environment (dog, shower, sinks, fridge, soil) and slime-mould and mushroom cultures. Like French & Mottershead’s audio work Woodland, this work connects us to the invisible living entities inside us, from which we have originated, and which consume us after we pass. The Dust Channel, a video by Roee Rosen projected in Gallery 3, explores ideas of purity, containment, contamination and desire through the format of an operetta set in the residence of a couple whose fear of dirt, dust, or any alien presence in their home takes the shape of a perverted devotion to home-cleaning appliances. Rosen connects their behaviour to broader narratives of xenophobia and fear of ‘contagion’ that leads to social exclusion.
Kills 99.9% of bacteria is accompanied by a public programme of events including an intergenerational food fermenting workshop, a natural wine tasting event and a school’s programme of workshops led by artist Jasmin Marker.
Some of the works in Kills 99.9% of bacteria may not be suitable for younger viewers. Please speak to a member of staff for details.