Necklace of Fake Teeth - Camden Art Centre

For Mathilde Rosier's first solo exhibition in the UK, she transformed Gallery 3 into a series of rooms, bringing together paintings, sculptural assemblages and film.

This specially constructed environment evoked the journey between conscious and unconscious realms, with the motif of the bed representing a threshold to buried psychic states. The installation was influenced by Sigmund Freud, Jean Rouch’s 1955 film Les Maîtres Fous, and Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

On the opening night of the exhibition, there was a performance by Rosier, in which participants were invited to wear masks and become part of a mysterious ritual ceremony. These masks then formed part of the exhibition.

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Thursday 21 July, 9.30pm
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Exhibition Tour: Kit Hammond

Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Curator Kit Hammond led a tour of the David Askevold exhibition.

Exhibition Talk and Performance: Mathilde Rosier and Deborah Levy

Sunday 25 September, 3.00 – 6.30pm

To mark the culmination of Mathilde Rosier’s Necklace of Fake Teeth, Deborah Levy took a tour of the exhibition at Camden Art Centre, before leading the group to a live performance by Rosier, at the nearby Freud Museum.

High is the Ocean Rosier’s new performance involved original artefacts collected by Freud, and live, percussive music creating the atmosphere of a tribal ritual. Staged across two floors of his London residence, the performance enacted Freud’s notion of the topographic imagination in which he analogised the ground floor of the building with the rational mind, with the upper level representing spiritual perceptions.

Rosier was inspired by Romain Rolland’s notion of the ‘Oceanic Feeling’ which was also a preoccupation for Freud. It describes a religiously generated feeling of limitlessness or ‘continuity’ with a cosmic energy connecting all things. Freud understood this mystical experience as the primitive ego-feeling – the sense of being that an infant has prior to its formation of an individual self, or ego, separated from its mother and the rest of the external world.