And it is that we are inevitably drawn toward to the human: Dialogues with the V0id
S: These works traverse the technological, feeling for bits, bumps, and ridges with very human hands. In looking out they, sometimes quietly, sometimes deafeningly, reveal their makers. These artists blink back, the gaze resting heavily on blue-lit faces, on the cool indifference of the datalogical, on the world, and on nothing all at once. There is a vulnerability here, a dialogue with the void.
L: There is power in this void. In order for an audience to be at their most receptive, they are best kept in the darkness. Free to explore the feelings and ideas being presented to them without any external judgement, or to be led to any conclusion but their own. In this way, the audience indulges whatever part of themselves they want to; To connect, or disconnect with a work.
S: There is a tension in the dualities within these works, in the spaces between. In what is hidden and what is shown. A digital work is not the object, it is the data, the silent code rolling beneath blue LED.
L: The repetitive functions being played out behind the screen is sometimes mimicked by the work - in the way a gif repeats without question, regardless of whether or not you’re still viewing it. Other times, these functions are absolutely disregarded by the works.
S: Interestingly, these digital spaces begin to feel increasingly human the longer you linger. Or is it that we seek the human? In the anthropomorphisation of these artefacts so disconnected yet so undeniably human, are we seeking the limits of our mirrored selves? Tracing, pulling apart, watching, destroying, fearing,
L: It’s in this confusion and duality we find an edge. The side of a piece of paper, so thin you can’t see it, but it has to be there - there’s something THERE. These works make any audience question the limits of digital processes and the limits of human experience when faced with something that exists without internal fault. We’re asked, if not forced, to question the limits of a universal frame for each of these pieces - the screen and how well it can interpret and capture reality. These works call into question the limits of privacy and normalcy in the face of a constructed digital identity and how these exist within structures within the limits of a world so inescapably full of internal and sometimes absurd determinations. And lastly, some of these works are able to question the limits of the technology they were created by and for. Pushing us to see the cracks in the edges.
S: A new kind of materiality, ephemeral and certituduous at once. A new Magick.
There is a fierce rebellion here, a push back against the outside rigidities, binary frameworks of understanding increasingly mirrored in the digital space. A space theoretically inherently limitless, commodified, homogenised, contained.
Siena Hart Lachlan Airey
Curated by Siena Hart