“n01se: transforming sensation” at the Wellcome Trust's Two 01 Gallery
The self consciously 21st century title of this exhibition puts it into that bracket of corporate sponsored contemporary art occupied by Saatchi's protégés and the contents of London's Millennium Dome. The blurb contained abstruse phrases alluding to the “sounds of colours and the shape of taste.” What's more, it promised to connect art and science. Few exhibitions have managed to meld what is essentially art with the essence of science without resorting to Dadaism (a vacuum cleaner on a stand) or microscopic images. Therefore I approached this exhibition with some cynicism.
The exhibition consisted of eight disparate pieces relegated to the lobby of an office building. Ominous sci-fi muzak pervaded the space. There were the usual suspects-images of microbes and an electron microscope of a ladybird. A three dimensional polystyrene “photo” encouraged visitors to explore images through the hands of blind people. Another notable piece was “White Noise,” several scrawled