Hove's Regency Town House has been transformed into a series of landscapes, inspired by the world’s most extreme habitats and the deepest ocean by House’s lead artist Mariele Neudecker.

The German artists’s alternative landscapes have provided the inspiration for a series of further free installations spread across the city as part of House – the curated visual arts strand to the city’s Artist Open Houses Festival.

This year’s event has been curated by Photoworks’s acting director and head of programme, Celia Davies.

Neudecker told The Guide’s Dom Smith that Heterotopias was the first time she had ever had a chance to work in a whole house.

“The building lends itself to the idea because it’s beautiful,” she says of the Brunswick Square building in an interview featured in The Argus’s supplement, free with today’s paper.

A separate exhibition, The Air Itself Is One Vast Library, which is at the Lighthouse in Kensington Street, takes inspiration from the military technologies she found in a former US Cold War defence site – including a life-size graphite rubbing of a Nike Hercules missile.

Neudecker’s dissection of the landscape and the domestic theme which runs through House have inspired the other artists taking part this year.

Monument To The Excluded Middle, by Ben Fitton and Dylan Shipton, sees a stricken airship crashed into St Peter’s Church Gardens, with its grounded central section lost somewhere in the earth.

Site-specific audio-visual work Aria, by underwater image-maker Emma Critchley, is in a shipping container based near the Old Paddling Pool, by the West Pier. It follows a free diver moving underwater to the voice of a female soprano.

Hastings Caves form the backdrop for Andrew Kotting and Anonymous Bosch’s collection of pinhole photographs, sounds and artefacts at Unit Five, The Terraces, in Madeira Drive, Brighton.

Interweaved in the dreamlike installation Underland – Beyond The Mounting Fear are references to Kotting’s recent near-fatal motorbike accident which happened as the pair visited the Pyrenees – which was set to be the original backdrop for the work.

And The Terraces’s Glass Pavilion provides the setting for David Wightman’s large-scale site-specific painting Hero 2013, which uses wallpaper to create an indoor mountainscape.

  • Various locations, Brighton and Hove, Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 26
  • All three installations are open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6pm
  • Heterotopias And Other Domestic Landscapes is at Regency Town House, in Brunswick Square, Hove. It is open Thursday to Sunday from Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 26, noon to 6pm, free
  • The Air Itself Is One Vast Library is at Lighthouse, in Kensington Street, Brighton, Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 26, from 11am to 6pm daily, free