Louise Manifold works conceptually with film, photography, sculpture and text. Manifolds multidisciplinary practice reflects upon the boundaries of neurosis and myth as a means to explore human disconnection from the lived world in favor of a private real. Fascinated by the power of stories and the creation of myth, her work explores narratives and scenarios that challenge ideas of the self and the body. She touches on ideas of the cinematic estrangement and theatricality. This the exhibition shows new and recent work alongside several collages. Manifold's interest in museum artifacts, found ephemera and narratives that blur reality and fiction together.
In spring of 2020 Louise Manifold and the singer Elizabeth Hilliard traveled to Musée d'art et d'histoire in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, which house The Jaquet-Droz automata and made a short film in response to these extraordinary creations. For this exhibtion she will be presenting a new video installation The Escape Wheel. The work was developed with Opera Singer Elizabeth Hilliard to create an opera work based on the androids performance mechanism design and action,
The Jaquet-Droz automata are a trio of astonishing programmable computers. They are the Writer, the Musician and the Designer. They were made between 1768 and 1774 by exceptional master watchmakers, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. The Writer uses the technologies of miniaturization to build automaton inside the little writer. Within the boy are almost six thousand parts which astonishing is that every one of these crafted components has been refined and miniaturized to fit completely inside the body of the boy himself. At the writers core is a great stack of cams (rotating parts) which translate thier rotation into the movement of the boy to control every stroke of the quill pen and exactly how much pressure is applied to the paper so as to achieve beautiful elegant and fluid writing with this sublime machine.
Manifold graduated from Central St Martins College London and the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland. Louise has been the recipient of awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, CultureIreland, and local authorities. In 2009 she was one of the four artists short-listed nominated for Allied Irish Bank Art prize for young artists of promise. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and internationally in exhibitions at Galway International Arts Festival, The Science Gallery Dublin, The MAC Belfast, ISCP, New York. Proximal Distances Chicago, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Red House Arts Centre Syracuse New York, Candid Arts Centre, London.411 Galleries, China. She has been awarded residencies with Tyrone Guthrie, SIM Iceland ISCP New York. The Botin Foundation, Spain. The Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, Ireland( 2014/15). Current/recent projects include AerialSparks for Galway's European Capital of Culture Program, Architecture and the Art of Exile, Palas Cinema Galway and Wild-Screen Connemara.
A special thank you to the Director and Staff at MahN, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel for their kind support with this project.