Pump House Gallery presents 'Scenes of the World', a new exhibition by Johann Arens.
The gallery has been transformed with an installation originating from the interior of the P5, a local bus that traverses the neighbouring landscape of housing estates. Sculptural renditions of the familiar interiors of buses – including elongated handrails and robust seating – convert the gallery into a similarly transitory public space to highlight the momentary synergies of a bus ride.
The exhibition borrows its title from ‘Hale’s Tours and Scenes of the World’, an attraction designed in the early twentieth century that simulated a railway journey. These customised cinema spaces mimicked train carriages to the finest detail, and were often even mechanised to rock the ‘passengers’, simulating the motion of a steam train. With ‘elaborate equipment of levers, pulleys, wheels and sound-making devices’, visitors, often still unacquainted with the moving image, were smitten by these instantaneous travels taking them through the Swiss mountains, the Norwegian fjords and the Rocky Mountains.
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