Ruth Buchanan’s works pertain to the Berlin-based artist’s interests in how power bears down on and prestructures our perception of the world around us. In particular, she hijacks the visual languages of museums and galleries to trouble our experiences of conventional art spaces, which are typically guided by cerebral logic more than physical sensations. Her past creative outputs include obfuscating room dividers, carpeted plinths, videos screened on tablets held by gallery staff, and exhibition tours led by security guards, all aimed at drawing visitors’ awareness to their bodily relationships with their environs.

Ahead of my flight to see Buchanan’s 2019–20 project at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in her birthplace, New Plymouth, she describes

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