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14 Apr 2016 - 07 May 2016

Reactor: The Gold Ones

Public Preview: 13 Apr 2016 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Can you hear me?

Yes I can hear you quite clearly now.

It’s good to speak with you again.

We’re all just waiting now for it to begin again. Of course, the routines always happen at this time. But it’s not the same as it was, the same as it ever was, but different. Quite different now.

Now, back at the Cosmic Care Home all of the Gold Ones are fully awake, some are more present than others. They are washed and dressed by Hands, as requested. They have moved on, they are quite orderly now and waiting for it to begin again.

The routine, which has run more or less smoothly in recent times, is about to start again. The spoon has stirred the bucket, and layers have quite clearly accumulated around its wipe-clean surface.

We’d suggest to visitors, if they have not been before, to help themselves and make sure they get comfortable, we could be here for a while (FYI the game won't start till much later).

Anyway, we'd better go before it's time. So, welcome again, welcome to the Cosmic Care Home.

 

Here at Gallery North it was intended that you would further get to know the Gold Ones through the documentary that we are making here, and in the future, about who they were and how they exist. When Max Gold’s video transmission first came through in 2014, he named himself as ‘one of the Gold Ones’. After tracking Max for a period, we began filming in the space we now understand to be the Cosmic Care Home (CCH). We had previously remained in what could be described as the outer or back spaces of the CCH, looking through the walls that are at times transparent, or listening in on voices from the other side. This is where the Gold Ones live, and despite their existence on a higher spiritual plane, beyond the limitations of time – the place they inhabit resembles what we would describe as a ‘total institution’. They appear to be predominantly cut off from a wider community, and lead an enclosed and bureaucratically controlled existence. What we have here now is the first entry point into the body of the CCH.

Reactor’s ongoing research into belief systems and their place in collective action, explores the ways in which culture and common beliefs hold together specific social groups. Reactor is an art collective, currently made up of three core members (Bruce Asbestos, Phillip Henderson and Niki Russell) and an undisclosed number of secret members. Recent and forthcoming projects include: ‘Weird Weekend’, Radar (Loughborough, UK), ‘Alligator Resort’, New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK), ‘Particle’, Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, Norway), ‘The Gold Ones’, xero, kline & coma (London, UK), ‘Windsock’, Aid & Abet (Cambridge, UK), ‘Max Gold PAYPERVIEW’, Eastside Projects (Birmingham, UK), ‘Log!c ?stem’, Flux Factory (New York, USA), ‘Dummy Button’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany). Blah, blah, blah

The Gold Ones runs concurrently with the exhibition A Bad Policeman is Always Busy, also at Gallery North