Party Booby Trap is a palindrome, a device British artists Thomson & Craighead often use for their titles, and will see the pair install new work inspired by “sources ranging from nuclear waste to self-help literature and genetics”. It is not the first time they have worked with self-help content, previously making a video with a live stream of first-person sentences fit with footage of a burning house. They splice together scale and scales of time in single artworks and this time will hark back to a seminal religious text in order to link it to belief systems of all kinds, including democracy, science and art itself.
Dense Mesh includes artists Lisha Bai, Ryan Lauderdale, Hannah Levy, Michael Jones McKean, Wyatt Niehaus, Kate Steciw, and Chris Wiley and will respond to a paragraph written in 1985 by Czech philosopher Vilem Flusser that makes speculative claims about the total nature of vision and envisioning. The show will ask questions about dealing with the envisioning capabilities of technical images, which unlocks an unprecedented degree of creative agency for humanity.
See the Carroll/Fletcher website for more details on both.**