JIM CARTER
PROTECTED BY ALARMS, 2019
‘Protected by Alarms’ took place in the empty and derelict, Vicarage Flats in St. Ives. The exhibition provided an eclectic response to the confused and challenging backdrop of a moment in time. Opening in the run up to the scheduled Brexit deadline, ‘Protected by Alarms’, a title taken directly from the security poster on the door of the building, alludes to a form of personal and cultural incapacitation resulting from a mounting sense of anxiety, paranoia, fear and frustration at a time of mounting suspicion, despair, hopelessness and flux...

Vicarage Flats, which provides an integral backdrop for the exhibition, sits ripe for profitable gentrified renovation in a town over-run by second homes, yet, rather unusually the owners of the site are working to turn the building into affordable housing for local residents. The context for the future of the building at this time of potentials is one of community, hope and fairness sprouting from degradation. This exhibition poseted wider questions of where humankind sits currently and where it might go from here at a time of extrapolating personal, cultural and environmental crisis.