Coachworks is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by inaugural artist in residence, Liz Wilson
The Orchestrated Unconscious is a multi-channel video installation encompassing modulated
vocals, animations and sculpture exploring time, velocity and labour. Enacting as a transportation
device, the installation gathers speed rhythmically, pulsating into a crescendo, drawing parallels
between the stretch of time between the industrial and post-industrial. Further exploring the
human-machine relationship of ‘timekeeper’ and ‘apparatus’ kinetic motifs echo the speed and
acceleration of time. The momentum of such propelling towards what is approaching, a route into
Liz’s work encompasses visuals, whether static or moving, as well as explorations into sound.
A graduate from the Royal College of Art, her practice explores relationships between
industrialisation, technologies and print. Using site visits to research, write and produce works The
Orchestrated Unconscious was conceived in partnership with Hitachi Rail Europe over the past 7
months to produce a body of work which responds to the industrial heritage of Ashford and its
relationship to labour, connectivity, repetition and dissemination.
In recent months Liz was awarded the first completely digital art commission for ‘Art in
Manufacturing’, the headline-commissioning programme for the National Festival of Making
(Supported by Arts Council England, Creative Lancashire and Deco Publique). In recent years
her work has been shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Stanley Picker Tutorship and
selected as ‘One to Watch’ by editor in chief for ‘After Nyne’ magazine. Notable awards include
Arts Council Development Funding (2020), The Augustus Martin Print Prize, Eaton Fund, YLCE
Award, University for the Creative Arts Professional Development Grant and the Pushing Print
Solo Award and Bursary. Her most recent exhibitions include Taoxichuan Museum of Art, China
and Parc de la Villette, Paris.
The Orchestrated Unconscious has been produced in collaboration with Hitachi Rail Europe. It is
co-commissioned by Coachworks, Quinn Estates and Ashford Borough Council.