I am happy to be a contributor to A Visibility Matrix, a large-scale multi screen installation devised by Dublin-based artists Gerard Byrne and Sven Anderson, with contributions from an international network of video artists and film makers. In 2018 the work was premiered at Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, then featured at the Toulouse Biennale in France. This spring it will be at Secession in Vienna through February and March, and will move on to Void in Derry, Northern Ireland in April. I have contributed imagery from "Tracings" a 2013 installation made within the artistic research projects "Re:place" and "Topographies of The Obsolete" at Bergen Academy of Art & Design. The material was shot in the abandoned former factories of the Spode Ceramics Company in Stoke on Trent, England, and features imagery from an archive of plaster moulds that represent the output of the company over a period of almost two centuries. The image above shows a shot from one of the channels of the installation.
The show in Toulouse was reviewed in Frieze:
"A Visibility Matrix (2018) (shown at the Fondation d’enterprise espace écuriel pour l’art contemporain) is a mammoth montage of video drawn from footage provided by an extensive range of further collaborators. (It’s a mini-Biennial by itself: featuring contributions from Rosa Barba, Maeve Brennan, Duncan Campbell, Willie Doherty, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Raven and dozens more.) Byrne and Anderson’s emphatically physical installation – multiple monitors, chunky display stands and a jungle of thick sprawling cables – is partly a nostalgic paean to pioneering, pre-internet media art, and partly a speculative, forward-looking proposition: a critical, contemplative model of off-line video sharing that offers temporary relief from the time-wasting temptations of online streaming."
Photo credit: Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, A Visibility Matrix, 2018, installation view, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Louis Haugh.