Interview – Louise K Wilson

Hear Louise K Wilson talking about her commission for Spacex at Her commission for TOPOPHOBIA was shown at Exeter Phoenix.

Missing Scenes — An evening at Hanging Rock
5 July 2012, 6.15pm
at Exeter Phoenix
Free but booking is essential via Exeter Phoenix Box Office 01392 667 080

Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, will be screened with sound and video interventions by Louise K Wilson. She will explore the film’s multiple interpretations and resistance to resolution.  See the trailer here.

Spacex Forthcoming

The exhibition install is well under way at Spacex.  It is intriguing to see how the reconfigured relationships between the works unfold in another new gallery space.  We are all very excited about the opening at Spacex on Saturday 12th May 2012.

For Spacex’s rich summer programme of TOPOPHOBIA related activities see Spacex website TOPOPHOBIA events.

Louise K Wilson has been invited to produce a new work in parallel to the exhibition. This work, Missing Scenes
– An Evening at Hanging Rock
, is based on Peter Weir’s iconic film Picnic at Hanging Rock. The work explores the film’s multiple interpretations and resistance to resolution. It will be presented at Exeter Phoenix on 5 July and consist of a screening of Weir’s original 1975 feature film with video and sound interventions by the artist.  For booking details and the trailer see here.


The TOPOPHOBIA Install is well under way at Spacex – it’s intriguing to see another new configuration of the works and how each of the gallery spaces provokes a different set of relationships between them.


TOPOPHOBIA attracted a great deal of attention as it opened at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on Friday 3 March 2012.  Rich new works by Uta Kogelsberger, Almut Rink, and Louise K Wilson and the huge shift in architectural scale meant a stunning new experience of the expanded exhibition.  In addition to all of this Emily Speed’s unhomely commission, Panoply, for TOPOPHOBIA at the Bluecoat had insinuated itself into the valuting ceiling of the gallery’s corridor.  From time to time during the evening disturbing little glimpses of naked twitching legs, or hanging hair, were visible poking through small window cuts in the high structure.

The TOPOPHOBIA preview was also the moment chosen to introduce and celebrate the arrival of the Bluecoat’s new chief executive Mary Cloake, former director of Arts Council Ireland.


See the Guardian online Art and Design mention and image.

TOPOPHOBIA’s themes have also prompted an essay by C James Fagan on the Double Negative website along with a review by Linda Pittwood.

See for the latest review.

And another strong review at and Emily Speed interviewed on her TOPOPHOBIA commission for the Bluecoat.

Stephen Clarke reviews TOPOPHOBIA through the language of photography for Redeye.

Anneka French has just published the final review of TOPOPHOBIA at the Bluecoat for an Interface platform for critical writing.

the Bluecoat

The exhibition build is well underway at the Bluecoat and Emily Speed is working on her new large-scale installation for the commission for this leg of the touring show.  The exhibition opens on Saturday 3rd March during a weekend of VAIL (Visual Arts in Liverpool) arts events throughout the city.  See the Bluecoat website for a variety of talks and other events related to the TOPOPHOBIA exhibition.


The symposium took place during the afternoon and evening of Friday 10 February 2012 at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design new Kings Cross campus.

The symposium was a Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Art: Public Realm research programme event and provided a platform to further extend the themes of TOPOPHOBIA in a live debate.

TOPOPHOBIA examines the fear of place in contemporary art. Following an introduction by curators Eggebert-and-Gould, Dr Caterina Albano opened the afternoon with a discussion on the history and development of this anxiety disorder and its relationship to the modern urban context. Exhibiting artists Matthias Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Polly Gould, Uta Kogelsberger, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson, and writer Leslie Forbes, each gave a talk and came together to discuss their work in relation to the themes of TOPOPHOBIA. This symposium contributes to current debates on freedom and the culture of fear, and connects us to the existential human question of how each of us finds our place in the world.

This event coincided with the TOPOPHOBIA touring exhibition at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery (until 19 February 2012).  Please visit for opening hours.

The TOPOPHOBIA Symposium is a Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Art: Public Realm research group event.