An exhibition by María del Buey and Dominique Crowley
As part of “A Hurry Through Which Known and Strange Things Pass*”
We exist between Telemorphosis and Security Zones. Our everyday, ordinary lives occupy virtual spatial constructions, modulated by screens, in flux between firewalls and passwords. This is the way we live. It also defines the spaces we inhabit. Technology is found in us and we find ourselves in technology. We don’t even have to think about it.
However, it is only by thinking about something that we can begin to question it. María del Buey
and Dominique Crowley
, in their online installation in the Goethe-Institut Irland's Return Gallery, are asking some questions. Their research bound practice aims to interrogate the omnipresence of personal technology in everyday life and the margin left for individuals to act. How much are we willing to accept in exchange for technological connectedness? What role does vision play and how can we listen differently? With this new normal, is anything displaced, or is there infinite capacity to cope with a crowded mind and to cover our eyes and close our ears?
By having the audiovisual components downloadable and accessible through QR codes, the viewer is pressed to consider how much of their daily practices are influenced through smartphones and internet infrastructures. The non-virtual, visual component of the exhibition is comprised of a single work, in oil on canvas.
The viewer is confronted by a larger than life screenpainting, cropped and zoomed in. Potnia, Chthulic Mistress, an earthbound deity, looking earthwards embodies the connection between the earthly human and its technology.
The multichannel sound installation articulates and shakes the atmosphere condensed by the screen painting, helping the viewer to listen to what is overheard in our accelerated lives.
In addition, the visitor counts on the help of a virtual agent to behave and to travel safely through the Security Zone the exhibition space represents.
Start your experience of this exhibition right here:
The installation Between Telemorphosis and Security Zones uses QR codes to give access to further material engaged in the installation as a way to extent and create new spaces for exhibition. To read the QR codes you will need to:
- Have internet connection during your experience.
- Download a QR code reader app on your phone. You can get one for free in your App Store or equivalent.
- Use the app to read the QR codes. If still not working, using the flash on your phone to improve the lighting conditions is recommended.
- Once you scan the code, download the files to be able to open them.
Sound Installation: The artists recommend playing this audiofile with headphones or earphones.
QR-code #1: Audio Guide
The first QR code will give you access to an audio guide of the exhibition. The virtual guide will require you to pause the audio file and scan the other QR codes. It is recommended to listen to the audio guide with headphones or earphones.
It is recommended to listen to the audio guide simultaneously to the Sound Installation with headphones or earphones.
Potnia, Chthulic Mistress
QR code #2
QR code #3
This exhibition was originally planned to be physical but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be closed for the beginning of 2021. Get a glimpse of how Between Telemorphosis and Security Zones looked in the Goethe-Institut Irland’s Return Gallery:
''A Hurry Through Which Known and Strange Things Pass*''
is part of Common Denominator, a two-year programme in the Goethe-Institut’s Return Gallery curated by Art in the Contemporary World MA/MFA. ACW is a theory-practice post-graduate Masters in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
*from Seamus Heany, Postscript 1998
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Irland
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