if i were you what would you do
Exhibition by Katie Jayne Britchford and Thomas Silberhorn

Galerie 21___im Künstlerhaus Vorwerk-Stift,
Vorwerkstraße 21
Hamburg, Germany

Opening 26 April, 27 – 28 April 2019

‘For this exhibition both artists have created individual works as well as collaborative projects. Katie often focuses her work and ideas around materials as fake and materials as matter and Thomas creates kinetic sculptures that alienate from daily objects and memories. In ‘if i were you what would you do’ Katie and Thomas have combined their often humorous and ironic work in an unusual and multi-disciplinary installation.’



‘sea-sick’ 2019, bottles of liquor, wood, paint, motor

‘live fast, die young’ 2019, rubber, wood, dried grass

‘wafers (#1-5)’ 2019, wafer sheets, paint

‘up-close-dining’ 2019, projection and sound installation
(collaboration between Katie and Thomas)

‘up-close-dining’ is an interactive art piece in which the viewer becomes a participant of the projected scenario. The mirrored image is taken from a stock photo from SeaWorld in Orlando in America. This particular marine sea park offers its visitors the chance to ’dine’ while experiencing captive whales swimming around and performing with trainers in a tank. “Dive into Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience. Following your meal, you’ll get an up-close view of our four rescued pilot whales and the relationship between them and our SeaWorld trainers.” This outdated and distasteful daily event seems to celebrate humans ability (and stupidity) at keeping large wild animals captive for human entertainment. No captive animal, even considered a ‘rescue animal’ should be trained and required to ‘perform’ for human entertainment, especially not while the humans on the other side of the glass eat steak and drink wine. What kind of abhorrent scene have we created. Coupled with the actual sound track played in the marine park during the dining experience, this art piece attempts to place the viewer right into the scene to encourage thought and reflection based on their own ethical-egoism and its possible consequences.

‘Domestic bliss’ 2019, wood, paint, Carrara marble, resin, vinyl, plastic, metal, sponge, shower curtain, concrete, spot lights