In Romper Room, Brighton CCA Dorset Place Gallery becomes a space that explores Northern Ireland’s history of community enforced punishment and intimidation. A Romper Room was a place where terrorist organisations, in Northern Ireland, would take their victims to be punished or interrogated. Romper Room was also the name of a children’s TV show watched by the artist as a child, in the family home, in 1970s Northern Ireland.
In this installation a tarred and feathered dining table and chairs sit in the centre of the gallery. The walls and floor have been lined with protective sheeting The dining table and chairs acknowledge the everyday space of a family meeting place, however their solid familiarity is betrayed by the tar and feather surface. During the troubles In Northern Ireland, tarring and feathering was instigated by terrorist groups as a means of community control through public torture and humiliation. The protective sheets, on the gallery walls and floor, displace the sculpture in to a forensic scene – a space where violent acts are scrutinised. Together, the elements of the installation create a complex unheimlich experience.
Martin Seeds (b. 1964) lives and works in Brighton, his practice is shaped by the conflicting experiences of Northern Irish identity, history and culture. Solo exhibitions include No Country For Young Men, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2021); Violence Religion Injustice Death, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019). Recent exhibitions include Assembly, Photo50, London Art Fair, London (2022); No Country For Young Men, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland (2022); In Our Image: The Politics of Place, Photo Museum Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (2022). Hurry Up Please Its Time, Seen Fifteen, London (2020), With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London(2020), The BREXIT Shop, Format Festival. Derby, UK(2019).
Dorset Place is Brighton CCA’s project space and hosts a series of short projects and exhibitions by emerging artists, organisations, curators and students. With a fast changing programme, the space is an exciting platform for experimentation, collaboration and engagement with new ideas and voices. Dorset Place allows us to be responsive, initiating and supporting projects which stand alone or connect to our wider programme. The space is offered free of charge with curatorial, marketing and limited technical support.
6 Dorset Place
Brighton BN2 0JG