Exhibition Archive

The Fabrica archive of past exhibitions spans 17 years of activity and setting it up is a pretty big task that we are still working to complete. There's a good selection below but please come back to check on our progress and to keep an eye out for your favourite exhibition if it's not already there.

“We can only guess at what a frog or cat sees, what a dolphin or bat hears. The same world is sensed and resonates differently for different species”.

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“As a maritime nation the idea of the sea is part of our DNA. The sea defines our relations with the world and the freedoms it offers, or the threats it presents, are part of our collective thoughts and dreams”.

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“Drawing represents for me the most honest gesture, the moment of truth when the paper and I breathe together, the line offering in its simplicity many variable forms of expression”.

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“If you use a lot of plastic coffee mugs, you transform them into something else. If you use just one, then it’s still a plastic coffee mug”.

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“In examining the funerary rituals, fashions and processes surrounding the body at this time, the film illuminates our attitudes to the one definite fact of life: our death”.

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“I like that as a former church Fabrica has been sung in. The fabric of the building has vibrated with sound. Where are the traces of this? The air in the volume of the space has been filled with invisible sound”.

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“A shirt is the closet to the heart, so that is why I use shirts. The person is there”

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“Our ‘contract’ with the kids is direct and uncomplicated. We just told them that we believed they could take great pictures and that people would be interested in their lives”.

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“I’ve been thinking about how people, creatures and trees gather together, how we cluster together for protection”

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“If poetry can be understood a study of constraint, then I See Infinite Distance… can be understood as an experiment in concentration that speaks of the mobility of thought and the movement of the ocean”.

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“Both works seek to examine our collective identities, how we behave in public space, and reflect Melanie Manchot’s continued interest in portraiture as a performative event”

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“Stéphane Cauchy uses simple mechanical devices which often take the form of improbable laboratory experiments”.

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“You can hear the sound move from one choir to another… and then experience the overwhelming feeling as the sound hits you”

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“I have a very strong collecting gene”.

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“I am in search of the tipping point, the moment of almost falling over.” – Frederic Geurts

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“We get an intimation of our own mortality from things like this”

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“How is it that an individual’s smile can lift the atmosphere of a room or that we find ourselves ‘catching’ another’s mood from a display of anger, fear or disgust?”

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“I want to humanise time, I want to bring a person into an environment and present to them [unknown] places that are imbued with meaning”. – John Grade

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“All those beautiful young bodies, decapitated; all those tumbling heads and bloody, spurting necks”.

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“The degree of conscience […] is the first step to get a distance, to not be involved, to ask why, where, who?”.

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“When I began my work I often used 3D spaces to create work that existed in the virtual world… gradually I thought it was more interesting to make objects or sculptures that evoked these digital spaces without any intervention of digital technology’.

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“The piece is about an effect of peoples’ lives having been involved with, in any way at all, the phenomena of serial killing. Particularly when a woman has been involved”. – Carole Hayman In the early twentieth century Dr Edmond Locard, a pioneer of forensic science, proposed his ‘exchange principle’. His idea was that whenever […]

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“We’ve always worked with the moving image. In these works we put the viewers in a first person experience and we take them through some journey. We are interested in the human perception of the landscape, whether manmade or natural landscape, and the things that we don’t hear or experience.” – Ruth Jarman

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“The Land of Cockaigne is a medieval idea of paradise in which food is ever plentiful, rivers run with alcohol, roasted chickens fly through the air, and eggs walk on legs offering themselves up to be eaten’.

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“Twilight zones, where simple pinpricks of light encourage you to dwell on whole worlds of other possibilities”.

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“See beyond the familiarity of everyday materials and be transported into the realm of the magical…”.

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“Running Stitch sews together our routes to work, to the sea, and our walks for exercise or shopping with the meandering and more personal journeys we might take within the fabric of the city”.

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“He positioned himself for the best possible image. He waited 20 minutes. He was hoping the vulture would spread its wings”.

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“The idea that nature can cope on its own should not be encouraged – an autonomous nature would only lead to disaster and chaos, not just for us, but for nature itself”.

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‘The pattern, form and intricacies of lace resonate deeply as a metaphor for our relationship to the fabric of our cities … social connections … and our common heritage.’ – Catherine Bertola Place, history and how the past impacts upon the present are the core themes of Catherine Bertola’s artistic practice. Previous works have responded […]

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“Memories seep into the present, creating a virtually woven fabric of inhabitant’s traces that grow and evolve over time…”

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“Sycamore seeds tumble slowly toward the viewer, echoing a naturally occurring event yet also appearing highly orchestrated….Things constantly shift between plausible and implausible, and the artificial/natural divide remains elusive to grasp.” Neeta Madahar’s video and photographic work Falling reflected on the dream-like temporality of nature and memory. Sycamore seeds tumbled slowly toward the viewer, echoing […]

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“I am not the point of the piece, I am not the point of focus. I am part of the machine that makes the drawing”.

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“Intricate interlaced networks of extruded lines, suspended as architectural elements guided and confronted the viewer in a passage through the gallery” Everchanging was an installation by Paris-based artist François Daireaux. As a direct development of his installation point infini at Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France, Daireaux created a labyrinthine structure using 2000 kilos of silicon […]

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“Within this context, the adoption of the quilt medium, in preference to the higher status options of painting and sculpture, may be seen as a political act, aimed at affirming and perpetuating a woman’s tradition of art”.

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“In my installations I produce representational structures that undermine the distance between the spectator and the image. I am interested in developing visual technologies in which the body cannot be separated from the act of looking” – Heidi Tikka In the winter of 2004, Fabrica invited visitors to explore fundamental human relationships amid the commercial […]

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“Retake…attempts to expose the dynamics of producing and viewing this icon of difference and object of curiosity, suspicion, and fear” – Maha Maamoun Retake For Retake Fabrica commissioned a site-specific installation by Egyptian lens-based artist Maha Maamoun. The starting point for most of Maha’s work is the need to question dominant and restricting social conditions. […]

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Suspended gently from the rafters of the building, the sculpture rose and fell to the swell of visitors beneath. For Undercurrent, Rosie Leventon used recycled rope and human hair to create a delicate, skeletal three-dimensional drawing of Brighton’s disintegrating West Pier. Suspended gently from the rafters of the building, the sculpture rose and fell to […]

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“Shimmering, just above the gallery floor, it is reminiscent of the play of light on water…”.

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Bump Award winners of the prix Ars Electronica for interactive art in 2001, Assocreation is an artist collective interested in digital networks and their transition into a sensuous realm. What is essential to them is developing an “open interface” that enables interaction through every day experience. BUMP is one of a series of works creating […]

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“I think that a human is just a very little vanishing part of the nature with no special rights to think himself to be bigger that is one reason why I make installations reminding  landscapes out of jackets.” Finnish sculptor, Kaarina Kaikkonen creates installations from used materials such as telephone directories, potato sacks and men’s […]

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“I am aiming to arouse an emotional response. I am looking at the psychological experience of entering a space” This is a complex and sensorial installation, with an emphasis on movement, drama and tension. Figures in strong movement and dramatic gesture have informed the work although the results are austere and minimal. It is made […]

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“…visitors build up a pattern of associations and memories, because smell is so closely linked to the ability to recollect experiences of space …” Pletts Haque, artists Feelers is an exhibition of three large scale installations designed to test the different senses. Red’s Cave by French video artist Judith Josso in collaboration with Kate Ross is a […]

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“My practice of responding to an environment, interior or exterior, making use of material which is local and/or linked to the specific place through work or nature brings a significant depth and strength to the completed work.” Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, artist For re/sort Hadzi-Vasileva has devised a delicate ‘altar screen’ of fish bones as a new […]

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“…Through jewellery, issues of value, communication, personal and collective histories are explored. The work reflects the importance of owning, giving and wearing jewellery throughout our lives. Mah Rana, artist” Jeweller Mah Rana uses precious and ‘throw away’ materials to create unconventional items of jewellery, often based around folklore and fairy tales.  This exhibition investigates our […]

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“The power of the contemporary British landscape is up for question here. Plan for a Spell is a proposal for a social space set in the immediate future.” Adam Chodzko, artist Plan for a Spell continues Chodzko’s fascination with the processes and affects of our imaginations and systems of belief. The video installation uses a […]

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“People are fascinated by this work, it brings a shiver, a sudden recognition of death, perhaps as though we have seen or heard our own ghost.” Jeff Noon, artist. Three screen projections and a set of sound installations were set out in Fabrica to explore the collusion between art and science. Disrupted interferences and disorientating […]

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“… It is a multiplicity of ideas, facts and observations that seem to best describe our perception of the city. Brighton is multifaceted, energetic, Pythonesque. Polyphon is our representation of this research.” Artstsation – artist Pulp is a large-scale installation in paper, which capture the turnover and energy of summer in the city. Brighton in […]

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“…. We Japanese sometimes say that there is something mysterious, an invisible force in nature. I feel this is so, I try to show this invisible, all encompassing force through my work. I would like viewer to feel enveloped by the mysteries of nature when they see my work.”

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“In [Viola’s] work we glimpse mystery through the ordinary and everyday, the transcendent through the imminent…a profound meditation on life and being itself” Originally commissioned for Durham Cathedral by the Chaplaincy to the Arts & Recreation in North East England in 1996, The Messenger has a resonating presence in Fabrica, a deconsacrated Regency Church in […]

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“I describe my work as awkward, in between, ambiguous, like bits in films where nothing much happens…”.

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  “Working with the given form of a tree is a process of discovery, of limitation and an attempt to transcend these limitations. During the carving of the elongated figures I realised that they represented present day lives in the west, rootless, fast moving and fluids. The lattice torso represents our connection with the world, […]

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“The interaction for me is a means of sophisticated telecommunication made technologically easier and psychologically more complex…”

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Shelter was a series of exhibitions in which you could take part. Watch the artists at work, see the finished artwork and then join in! Lucy Orta 12-27 June Andy Ray 3 July-18 July Chris Drury 31 July- 30 August Shelter 1, 12 – 27 June 1999: Collective Dwelling Act -V Lucy Orta was the first of three artists […]

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With dangerously high beds and miniscule doll-like figures, Fabrica’s 1998 exhibition Comfort of Little Places looked like a strange scene from a fairytale – or a disturbing dream. Artist Permindar Kaur recreated her critically acclaimed installation Comfort of Little Places at Fabrica. Tall, stark beds were constructed to stand far above visitors heads, with steel […]

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Do we need to be called textile artists- is textile art a thing apart?

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