Mark Fell, Systemic Peripheralism

8 Oct-3 Dec 2022

London SE11 6AY


A new commission of procedural sonic installations responding to Beaconsfield’s two main gallery spaces by Mark Fell, whose practice draws upon electronic music subcultures, experimental film, contemporary philosophy and radical politics.

Reflecting a cautious return to public life, two new sonic sculptures invite visitors to engage in sensory exploration, and to influence these procedural sound works by Mark Fell. Upstairs a fragile visual motif constructed from slowly undulating mylar sheets responds to the creaking wooden floor flooded with natural light, while a series of tetrahedral objects occupy the Arch – both offering an invitation to play. These in-public sculptural experiments change on a daily basis by visitor interaction. Although suggesting an expanded notion of sculpture in which audiences confront their sense agency in response to procedural systems, ‘Systemic Peripheralism’ is posited in the form of a question.

Shielding in Rotherham during lockdown, Fell explored distributed interfaces and group systems in collaboration with his son and music producer Rian Treanor. The experience of combining international installation environments, remotely in real time, under pandemic conditions, perhaps informed the artist’s sensual decisions in response to Beaconsfield’s diverging gallery spaces.