Categories ArtPosted on

Collect Art Fair 2017: The Responsive Vessels of Adi Toch

SEEN was very heartened by the extraordinary work on display at this year’s Collect Art Fair, taking place at the Saatchi Gallery until Monday 6th February. Wandering around, SEEN’s eye was caught at once by the beautiful Responsive Vessels of Adi Toch. Her experimental display was developed in collaboration with sound specialists John Henry’s Ltd, was developed for Collect Spotlight and is presented by Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery.


The installation of ten vessels on stilts explores the relationship between the spectator and a potentially sentient object through a sensitive and surprising interaction. The viewers are encouraged to speak or even sing – in order to trigger the vessels’ reaction through gentle movement and sound. It suggests a playful interpretation of museum displays, an experience that is an antidote to the traditionally hushed gallery environment. SEEN felt that the Vessels were mythic on their tripod stlits (harking back to early Roman and Greek eras) ready to receive offerings of speech and song.


Visually, the effect is one of observing a delicate herd of animals. Their vibration does indeed make them seem sentient. The Vessels come in gold, silver and a lovely patinated aquamarine blue with small spouts, almost mouth-like, so the Vessels can certainly be used as such. Unusual and eminently collectible, SEEN recommends that you see them (and speak or sing to them) while you can.

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road

Seen this week

Categories ArtPosted on

Drawing Under the Influence: Hayden Kays’ DRINK DRAWINGS

Well, this is refreshing – in every sense of the word. SEEN hears that artist Hayden Kays is feeling hung-over ahead of the opening for his first solo exhibition of 2018. The clue is in the title: “Drink Drawings” – a new show at For.Fuk.Sake on March 29th consisting of a series of intoxicating illustrations, …

Categories MusicPosted on

Port Cities play the Slaughtered Lamb

Canadian band PORT CITIES are still bathing in the afterglow of November’s Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. SEEN has certainly been enjoying their beautiful vocals. In light of such accolades then, its only …

Categories ArtPosted on

My Furry Lady: the Art of Marion Peck at Dorothy Circus Gallery

SEEN can safely say that there is nowhere quite like Dorothy Circus Gallery in Notting Hill. It is the very antithesis of the white, clinical art gallery that abounds in the capital. From the beautiful yet disquieting pop surrealist art that is the passion of gallery director Alexandra Mazzanti, to the welcoming gallery itself complete …