In 2006 Simon Pope, an artist, teamed up with Vaughan Bell, a neuro-psychologist, in order to do one of the most shocking collaborations of all time. They opened up a gallery exhibition, which presented to the public… an empty gallery.
Understandably, people reacted as though someone had played a joke on them. They expected sculptures, paintings, art forms of any type. Instead, they went inside the Chapter Art Centre in order to stare at blank empty space. Pope’s project, called Gallery Space Recall, is a form of higher art and was allegedly done in order to gain information about the Reduplicative paramnesia disorder. The rare disorder creates a delusional belief that a certain location has been relocated or that it has been duplicated so it exists in two places at once.
The introduction to the Gallery Space Recall asked people to use their memory, movement, speech and body in order to summon up the empty spaces of the gallery so that the gallery itself can exist simultaneously in two places at once. According to Pope, it’s a form of art.