An animatronic cast composed of craftspeople in traditional European peasant garb populate the pavilions central space, each imprisoned in their own shoddy, sinister loops of repeated activity.
In A Particular Kind of Embrace, Alina Tenser manages to elevate language beyond its signifying register, and into the realm of the affective. Linguistic mistakes, stutters, and slippages are made, quite literally, concrete.
In the hands of a less capable artist, it could all very easily become a blurry, art historical hodgepodge. However, thanks to Baldocks deft sensitivity to vernacular histories of craft, folklore, theater and ritual, his technical prowess, and, crucially, his dark, infectious sense of humor, this heady mix of references becomes engaging rather than overbearing.