Artist Aoife Dunne writes for Culture about Transcending Time, an insightful and evocative 4D installation presented by Fingal County Council Public Art Programme, as part of their new initiative Let’s Stay Together, bringing art to the community's doorstep during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I have always been interested in the complex relationships that exist between the viewer, the artist and the context in which the work is made and exhibited. When lockdown began, I started reimagining what is possible given our current limitations, resulting in Transcending Time. This work is a moving digital installation that will come to your house upon request, by entering your details at www.transcendingtime.ie.
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As artists globally are turning to digital platforms to create new work, I wanted to do something different and bring art to you. My work is driven by a predilection for subverting norms, a love for abstraction and ceaseless motivation to push the limits of convention.
Transcending Time was Inspired by my latest solo show in Paris - an open-air digital installation consisting of LED screens which surround the exterior of the gallery. This work was viewed at a distance as people stopped their cars, bikes and hung out their windows. I wanted to recreate this excitement in Ireland, whilst remaining innovative in our current climate and obeying the social distancing restrictions. As my work is a combination of sculpture, technology, sound and performance, I came up with a concept that fits within my practice but also offers a more exciting alternative to the online space.
Transcending Time speaks to our currently distorted temporal perception - moving beyond the mere physical realm. It is a theatrical exploration of the borderline between reality and utopia.
In our pragmatic, technologically-driven, modern world I firmly believe art plays an extremely beneficial role in society. It strongly fosters human efforts to attain a deeper and broader comprehension of reality. It can help increase your aptitude for adaptability and it may be just what it takes to propel us through the change to a new beginning. Art has the psychedelic potential to transport us away from the dread of the mundane, which is needed now during isolation more than ever before. Through my kaleidoscopic thinking, it is my hope that this work inspires our community to cope and even overcome. Art transcends time.
Transcending Time will be on the road from Monday 8 June, find out more (and book a visit) here.
Images & video: Killian Waters