Katrin Hanusch’s Romance in an Electronic Store in Peckham

On March 22ndHanusch opened her most recent show “The Romance” in All About Laptops on Rye Lane, Peckham. It is the third in a series of alchemical works with disused laptop screens.

In this era, the ubiquitous screen is a material we spend half our lives looking at. However, how much are we really looking at the screen itself? Through the assemblage and dissection of the laptop screens, Hanusch has brought attention to the very materiality of the object. Cleverly placed in the window, the screens are no longer windows which to look through but to look at.

The display into this electronic store has been interrupted by the solidarity of the screen, yet, still lures you in like a moth to a screen. The screen’s presence has been announced through their dissection and their rejection. A rejection that Hanusch has turned into a romance. Similar to their neighbouring shop advertisements and street lights, the screens radiate a synthetic light onto the chaotic and noisy street. Drawn in, you look in to see iPhones, iPads, cameras, and other gadgets on sales – all highlighted by their broken and repurposed companions.

Hanusch has admirably transformed the everyday store – bringing art into an unexpected and ordinary space. Hanusch’s next show in July, “The Slippery Scenario”, will be at the APT Gallery in Deptford. After that, “Existing in an un-real world” at Artlicks Weekend 2019.

About Kate McIlwee

Kate McIlwee recently graduated with a 1st in History of Art from the University of Leeds. Kate is on the core committee for the creative group "REcreative", facilitated and funded by South London Gallery. She is a Curator and an Editor to the writer's section. As well as writing for FAD, she also writes for The Gallyry - an online magazine and community, created to unite and support women in the arts.