Jeremy Millar


'And Curiouser...' Jeremy Millar

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, 10 March - 28 April 2012

As part of New Expressions 2 Jeremy Millar collaborated with the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, the composer Sophie Sirota and local young people to create a work of magic and intrigue that investigates the people, ideas and practices behind Barnstaple’s Literary and Scientific Institute.

Jeremy worked with students from Further Education college Petroc to create a theatrical work, which was filmed and edited together to form a single piece. 

Millar explains: ‘Simple but mesmerising scientific demonstrations, of the type once seen on the Royal Institute's Christmas Lectures, and now seen on YouTube, are interspersed among image and text, like forms of magical display.

‘Local people perform many roles, from simple narrators, telling the story of Barnstaple’s Literary and Scientific Institute, to acting as demonstrators, performing unknowable hand gestures.

‘I hope that we have produced a work of great intrigue’, says Jeremy.

Both artist and museum hope that the experience of working on the piece has been a rewarding one for the students involved, and has created a sense of belonging to the project and the museum.

The project culminated with a gallery screening of the work during National Science and Engineering Week, 9-18 March 2012.

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New Expressions 2 artist Jeremy Millar lives in Whitstable and is a tutor in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including Tramway, Glasgow; NGCA, Sunderland; CCA, Vilnius; Rooseum, Malmö; Bloomberg Space, London; and the Metropole Galleries, Folkestone.

Recent exhibitions and screenings include 'Plum Tree Blossom', commissioned by Inverleith House, Edinburgh, to complement works by John Cage and Merce Cunningham; the Vigeland Museum in Oslo; Sleeper in Edinburgh; Tate Modern, London; National Maritime Museum, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Tate St Ives; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Ethnographic Museum, Krakow; SE8, London; HICA, Inverness-shire; Plymouth Arts Centre; and Baltic, Gateshead.