PS² Gallery: Hardcore Vanilla Rain – to 20 Feb

Jennifer Mehigan

Online project and publication

08-20 February 2021

This project by Jennifer Mehigan was adapted as the Covid restrictions changed during the research and preparation time. Instead of a physical installation the artist reshaped the concept using the ‘traditional’ media form of a publication, with inserted samples of ‘perfume and other fragrance products’; a refreshing format after the online overload, easy to be distributed by post, read and enjoyed at home- or- again- online.

‘The ‘default’ aesthetic – a term coined by Etienne Cliquet in the early 00s – describes the appearance of information on a computer without an added layer of ‘design’. In the language of computing, “by default” refers to the parameters that are defined in the moment between a program being launched and before a user is able to modify it or make changes. “At start-up, the display is initialized by default.” The world wide web, mainstream social media platforms, Adobe CS, Mac OS X, Windows, etc, are wrapped in membranes of design that provide a narrow set of outcomes that are ultimately predicted before you turn your devices on.

Grappling with these parameters and their relationship to ‘neutrality’, HARDCORE VANILLA RAIN presents a series of paintings, photographs, drawings, writing fragments, and screenshots in publication form, accompanied by vials of perfume and other fragrance products. After Cliquet, the flavour-and-fragrance component of vanilla and/or vanillin as the material embodiment of ‘default-ness’ provides an entry point for thinking about obedience, alienation, consumption, and experiences of pleasure in Mehigan’s digital work.

268 pages, 21x28cm, uncoated paper, contains liquid.
Limited edition of 70 copies.

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The book will be available for free, but you will need to pay postage if you don’t live in Northern Ireland, please. If you would like to make a donation instead of purchasing the book, please send whatever you would pay for a book or whatever you can afford to Nexus NI, to support the 24 hour domestic and sexual violence hotline and their other free counselling services. LINK

Opening hours: online project.
Documentation and updates are online and will continue to be shared via social media over the period of the exhibition.

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Contact: or 07733457772

PS² is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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