Bristol, UK

Elizabeth Price

Spike Island

WELCOME appears projected in large, bright yellow Barbara Krugeresque lettering on the opening screen of Elizabeth Price’s film series “New, Ruined Institute.” The first two parts of this unfinished trilogy, WELCOME (The Atrium), 2008, and USER GROUP DISCO (The Hall of Sculptures), 2009, were on view here. The imposing invitation contrasted with the disorienting pitch-black space, filled with an intense musical score by Jem Noble that employs samples ranging from John Carpenter to Joy Division. After five minutes, the first screen goes silent and the source of the music suddenly emerges from the darkness of the second gallery, prompting you to follow the sound blindly into the adjacent space. There you encountered the grand, wall-size film USER GROUP DISCO which depicts a fictional sculpture hall in which objects, machines, and kitchen utensils—magnificently photographed in black-and-white

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