'The Psychotropic House', 10-23 Jan 2014

Emerging artist collective, XAP, graduates of Central Saint Martins College, are delighted to announce their selection for a residency at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects 2014. Their ambitious, experimental project, ‘The Psychotropic House’, is an evolving, interactive and multi-sensory art installation, inspired by the futuristic writings of J G Ballard.

The bizarrely playful Psychotropic House combines traditional art media with interactive technology to create the interior of a house that responds to your presence. Come on in and explore!

A responsive Lounge reacts to touch; a Twitter feed provokes the Lounge; audio installations create sound-showers in the Whispering Gallery and the screaming Attic. Drifting walls make barriers insubstantial; a projected stairwell burrows into the floor; 2D paintings become mobile in live painting performances. The sensory installations invite engagement, involvement, bewilderment. Through ‘The Psychotropic House’, XAP explore the influences of art and technology, and how we affect the spaces we inhabit.

A programme of supporting events will encourage a wide range of visitors to the House; a Big Draw event for families; school visits; a Symposium to provoke discussion within the current art debate; an Open Day for visually impaired audiences.

XAP have been successfully collaborating on projects and exhibitions for over five years. They inspire and engage audiences, producing exciting outcomes with interactive digital media, video, sound, performance, painting and printing.

Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects 2014, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL.
General Opening Times:  10 January - 23 January 2014
Weds & Thurs 12.00 - 6.00pm;  Fri 12-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am - 6 pm. Admission Free.  

See www.xartsprojects.org/projects/Psychotropic_House/HOME.html for details of Symposium, Living Painting Performances and 'Meet the House' Family Drawing Event.  
(Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk).
XAP are:

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Laura Dekker, Sue Douglass, Teague Flannery, Jody Gilby, Alison Griffin,  Ute Kirkwood, Ana Malofy-Medwed, Angela Mellen, Liz Sergeant, Dina Varpahovsky