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'The Wonders of the Invisible World' Exhibition

Thursday 14 Jul 11 - Sunday 09 Oct 11
Preview: Wednesay 13 July 6:00 - 8:00pm
Free admission
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street


Artists in part I:
Charles Leadbeater, The International Necronautical Society, Peter Doig, Susan Hiller, Jane & Louise Wilson, Clare Strand, Siobhan Hapaska, Kerry Stewart, Catherine Payton, Matthew Donnelly, Nicolaas Hartsoeker, Ove Kvavik, Nils Guadagnin, Dunja Herzog, John Frum, Anna McCarthy, Chris Cornish

?The Wonders?? is an exhibition in two parts. It brings together a new generation of artists across Europe who have taken an abiding interest in the areas of human experience that are beyond ready explanation or beyond plain sight. Here, artists from London and Glasgow to Oslo and Berlin attempt to bring to sight that which by definition cannot be seen. The artists here have coaxed objects to levitate, facilitated autosuggestion, photographed apparitions, or foretold the future.

The exhibition takes its title from one of the strangest works ever committed to print, by the cleric Cotton Mather, who helped instigate the Salem witch trials. Mather?s text exhibits an exemplary ?cognitive dissonance?, which could similarly be said to be characteristic of the political and financial elites of our own time. Mather?s suggests that the problems of his time are the result of ?spectral exhibitions? or ?spectral representations?, sent by the Devil to torment New England. Do his words, three centuries on, ring true? ?That which most threatens us in our present circumstances, is the Misunderstanding, and so the Animosity [that] has Enchanted us.?

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