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Signs of Id

November 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am - November 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Signs of Id |  12 – 27 November 2016 | LV21, Gravesend Pier DA11 0BG

11am-5pm Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun (Closed Mon-Wed)

Private View Friday 11th of November 6-8pm

LV21 hosts the latest emotive installation by artistic duo Furst and Ori exploring themes of danger, fear, control and manipulative science. Signs of Id, which opens in November, takes visitors on a journey into the bowels of LV21, a 40 metre lightship moored at Gravesend which has found a new life as an arts and performance centre since being decommissioned.

Sergei Furst and Francesca Ori, well known for their lightboxes and sculptures, have used the function of  LV21 as a warning of impending danger to inform their new installation, integrating their works into the machinery and hidden spaces of the ship.

“The interconnected series of works present our obsessive pursuit of scientific truths as Conradian voyages into darkness,” says Furst.  Inspired by classic behaviour conditioning experiments and therapies they generate a vision of human behaviour as a plastic material to adapt and exploit. Ori and Furst elaborate on these themes using their manual skill in facial expression sculptures imprisoned in aquariums and illuminated narratives and images presented in multilayered lightboxes.

Film by guest artist Dan Wootton and sounds by Berlin-based composers Alberto Yusta and Giorgio Dursi elaborate the discourse.

In the generator room at the heart of the boat two short installation films are projected into large air compression chambers. In Leaving Rats on a Sinking Ship, Furst weaves a fictional narrative around the crowding experiments using rat populations run by John Calhoun in the 1960s. In Emotional Illiteracy Ori simulates the manipulation of emotions for behavioural ends, and highlights the increasing use of fear as a social tool.

Dan Wootton’s projected film, Receiver, with a recording of the Shipping Forecast as a backdrop, evokes the anxiety of an undefined social catastrophe having occurred in an imagined past.

Music and sound for the film and ambient background continue Alberto Yusta’s investigations into pure frequency and chance related  techniques in composition.



Sergei Furst and Francesca Ori began their collaboration as artists when they founded a joint studio in a sugar factory in Granada, Spain, more than 10 years ago and since then have exhibited in Spain, Italy and England.

Ori, originally from Sicily, studied fine art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Catania. Sergei Furst, a  British artist, began his career with the controversial cartoon strip Rubric for the Times.

Their most recent exhibitions were Sagrada Familia at Farley Farm Gallery in West Sussex,  in the grounds of the home of Lee Millar and Roland Penrose founder of the ICA; and in May Modular Body in the Ateneo in Malaga.

They received an Elephant Trust Award and an Arts Council Grant for the Arts to assist them stage Signs of Id.

For more information contact Sergei Furst on 07787412653 or email at



November 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am
November 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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LV21 @ Gravesend
St Andrew's Quay
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BD United Kingdom
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*Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times aboard LV21 unless otherwise agreed with the organisers.
*Access onboard the ship is via steep staircases. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes.
*No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and no alcohol permitted onboard the ship.
*Opening times may vary dependent on tide and weather conditions.

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