Multiplex was a durational project that ran at KELDER between 14th July and 2nd September 2017. During this period the gallery was turned into a space for manufacturing absinthe, the strong spirit flavoured with wormwood. Each stage of the process created new sculptural forms that were in a state of permanent flux, either anticipating use, in process, or emptied out as the body of liquid moved to the next stage of the production. In addition to the traditional herbs and botanicals added to the liquid, the absinthe was exposed to sound files, text pieces and performances that were all intended to imbue the work with various unstable relationships predicated on (mis)translations of and wilful associations with the word and the herb ‘wormwood’.
Two-month manufacture of absinthe at KELDER, London between 14 July - 2 September 2017
Traddutore, Traditore (a new translation)
First maceration of absinthe with glass demijohn, vodka, grand wormwood, green anise, sweet fennel, coriander seed, lemon verbena, star anise, fennel seed, sage, altered rubber bung with headphone speakers, mp3 player and recording of Skeeter Davis’ 'The End of the World'
Testing the Receptor Affinity
Distillation of absinthe with copper still, hot plate, rye flour paste, plastic tubing, water, ice, drinks dispenser, hydrometer and timer switch
Second maceration of absinthe with 2L glass bottle, absinthe distillate, petite wormwood, white wormwood, Russian wormwood, hyssop, lemon balm, headphones, mp3-player and sound recording from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
Drinks container, water, ice, absinthe glass, sugar cube and gold-plated absinthe grille with cut-out structural formulae of thujone and THC
Paint on wall, digital print on tracing and plain paper, drying of grande wormwood stalks, timber, pestle and mortar, digital scales and performance residue