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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