Since the 1960s installations have become a mainstay of contemporary art. In recent decades there has been an increasing interest from artists and audiences in notions of the immersive and experiential, indicating a transportation from one reality into another.
Installations may combine many elements and media together to create a whole world, or they may be a quiet conversation between a few elements that have specific a very specific relationship. The vast range of approaches that the term covers can be seen when considering the modest wall-based works of Amalia Pica or the subtle use of debris by Ian Kiaer, in contrast to the complete sculptural environments of artists Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch or Trulee Hall.
Often, due to the nature of the spaces at 176 Prince of Wales Road, artists have responded and created environments with their works. The elaborate and highly sensorial installations of Haroon Mirza combine moving image, electronics, sculptural forms and kinetic elements. Toby Ziegler’s 2012 installation of stand alone but complementary sculptures was augmented by structures to hold and animate the pieces. It went on to be shown in New Art Gallery, Walsall and Kiasma in Helsinki, and is now on long-term view in the Zabludowicz Collection’s outpost in Sarvisalo, Finland.