PhD student hosts solo show in St Pancras Crypt

Images from PhD student's show, Cryptology

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) PhD student Liana Psarologaki is hosting her first London based solo show, Cryptopology, in the Crypt Gallery of St Pancras Parish Church.

The show will see the Crypt transformed into an omni-sensorial experience. The artwork invites visitors into a maze of sensory engagement, intending to evoke un-patterned feelings and create intimate experiences. Light, sound, scent, temperature and airflow create different thresholds and enclosures in space inviting visitors to explore, engage and respond.

"Cryptopology is my summative creative practice artwork in the context of my doctoral research, entitled Beyond the Physical Threshold: Enfolding the Ontology of Immersive Experience," explained Liana. "It is an attempt to redefine the concept of immersive space in relation to multi-sensory engagement."

Having developed and installed a previous art project in Canterbury Cathedral Water Tower in 2013, Liana intentionally chose The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras for its atmosphere and captivating interior.

Image from Cryptology show

When discussing her choice of venues, Liana said: "They already hold such an atmosphere, which I choose to embrace or negate. The scent and humidity in the air, the echo as well as the absence of natural light make it ideal for an immersive art installation. I find places loaded with cultural and historical reference really inspiring and challenging."

Liana graduated from MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury prior to starting her PhD. She was awarded a UCA studentship to complete her PhD and also utilised the university's Annual Student Support Fund.

"UCA has been extremely supportive from the start of my research project. It's a creative hub and I felt that I was becoming part of an inspiring art and design community the moment that I enrolled as an MA student in 2009. I chose UCA knowing the specialisation of the staff teaching at postgraduate level, but I became even more impressed and satisfied during my studies in Research."

Cryptopology is at The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras, NW1 2BA until 26 August and will also be taking place at UCA's own gallery in Canterbury, the Herbert Read Gallery, on 5-19th January 2015.

The project is supported by UCA's involvement in the Recreate project an Interreg IV A France (Channel) - England programme, co-funded by ERDF and The University of Northampton. For further information, please visit and

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