Stephen Dean - Pulse

Both works in Gallery 2 draw from the tradition of the sublime, representing events or locations that overwhelm us. Stephen Dean's viedo Pulse (2001) incorporates footage gathered during the Indian festival of Holi. During this festival, which marks the arrival of Spring and involves an extreme disruption of caste and gender hierarchies, crowds of people throw colour at one another in village streets and temple courtyards, saturating their bodies and surrounding spaces with dry pigments, coloured solutions and glitter. Dean immerses us in this intensly chromatic scene, offering a 'painting in motion' that invokes extreme social and aesthetic turbulence while also revelling in moments of exceptional and surprising silence.