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Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room

The Kunstverein in Berlin presents a body of recent work by British artist Hannah Perry (b. 1984) in her first solo institutional exhibition in Germany.

Perry's artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, video and performance, with which she explores personal memory in today's hyper-technological society.

A pulsating audio-sculpture forms the focal point of the installation. Shock Absorber, 2018, is a hanging metal structure made with stretched car body wrap. As low frequency sounds are played through subwoofer speakers attached to the inside of the sculpture, its mirrored outer surface creates distorted patterns, altering viewers' perceptions of themselves and their surroundings.

Alongside, a new hydraulic sculpture choreographs moments of violence and tenderness in a mechanised dance with itself, and VR headsets invite viewers to dive into a virtual space that offers up a range of different responses to traumatic experiences.

In activating these sculptural forms with sound and video, A Smashed Window and an Empty Room reflects on the feeling of bodily dissolution in moments of shock, and confronts audiences with different strategies for coping with mourning.

The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £3,000 towards this exhibition.

Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room opened at Kunstverein in Hamburg on 16 February 2019 and continues until 28 April 2019. For more information see

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