Bubblegum Gallery’s October artist resident, ALUTA NULL, presents PHANTOM, a solo exhibition beginning with the experiential articulation of mental health disintegration and the affective textures of states of neuro-divergency. Of things unseen but always present.
Virtual reality and Augmented reality in the same light as Science Fiction — with world building potential. As spaces fabulated with our imaginations and through our experiences that tear the facts of the world(s) we know asunder — its systems, structures, histories and politics — reimagining them anew and stretching the constraints of our enfleshment. Past race, gender, class and physiological capabilities. This is the intention and impulse that gives creative and conceptual texture to ALUTA NULL’S practice, work and the worlds they fabulate with them.
PHANTOM’s artistic enunciation is rooted in the experiential exploration of mental health disintegration and affective manifestations of neuro-divergency — with the digital and physical elements of the exhibition existing both in relation to, and opposition to each other as manifestations of changing mental states.
“The exhibition’s title, PHANTOM, is used in reference to non-tangible and non-visible constructs and realities, specifically those relating to mental health issues and things concerning our minds. I found it an interesting word to use — in the context of mental health and the context of what I am trying to evoke experientially through this work — because ultimately perception and perspective are important when it comes to this conversation. The word felt like it represented a lot of what I personally feel when struggling with my mental health, which is a feeling of being quite passive in life and a sensation of feeling like you’re floating through it.”
What NULL’s work also does through PHANTOM, is fabricate speculative spaces to be in experiential consideration/meditation with mental health disintegration as a type of haunting or state of being haunted. “Of showing those other layers of being and perception, and communicating experiences of things ‘invisible’.”