Hyperspace is Pavilion's current exhibition housed at the Majestic and features the work of Melvin Moti; a film entitled The Eightfold Dot, which I shall get to in a moment. First I would like to talk about the space itself.
The opening of interesting abandoned spaces is certainly something to be celebrated and the Majestic would certainly come to the top of a list of them. I am yet to meet someone in the area who hasn't been to or at least heard of in a brief history of the Majestic -
the building is located around the site of the Eyebright Well, a medieval chalybeate spring known for it healing waters said to cure ailments of the eyes. This led to it becoming a bathhouse around 1819.
How fitting that almost 100 years later in 1922 the site should open as the Majestic cinema! Other incarnations have been a dance hall, a bingo hall and most recently a nightclub up until closure about 8 years ago.
This is where Pavilion comes in.
And now for the art!...
Melvin Moti is a Dutch artist who is greatly interested in how optical instruments (t'eyes to Yorkshire folk) create images based on light and without light, demonstrated in his 2008 work Prisoner's Cinema. Pavilion certainly knows how to match artist to exhibition space!
For Hyperspace he has produced a silent artist film shot on 35mm film called The Eightfold Dot, based on E. A Abbot's Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions. Moti's non-linear narrative beautifully portrays a dot, line, square, cube and hypercube using crystals to give an interpretation of the fourth dimension.
The film is somewhat hypnotic and relaxing, giving a welcome contrast from the hustle and bustle of the city centre outside. The Eightfold Dot utilizes colour and texture which seems richer when projected in 35mm and feels more alive.
This experience has been emphasized by it being screened in a low lit and quiet space allowing you to truly relax and appreciate it. Definitely something not to be missed!
Hyperspace is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm until 6pm running until 20th December with several other events surrounding it not to be missed!
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