THE WAY WE LIVE NOW AND THEN

5 - 27 September 2014

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Curated by Mary Conlon

 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader, Catriona Leahy, Colin Martin, Louise Peat, Dorothy Smith

 

Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12-6pm

 

Associated event: A&E Session, Monday 15 September at 7pm, The Library Project

 


"For some time now I have been wanting to write you a letter on the end of the world, and it is only now that I can find the time to do so" (Italo Calvino, private letter to Sebastiano Timpanaro, 7 July 1970)

 

In his recent blog-post Now Then (25 July 2014), Adam Curtis proposes that hidden systems have frozen time. Rather than propelling us towards a new or unknown vision of the future, post-industrial technology has become an instrument of surveillance and control identifying patterns and correlations in order to stop change in the world. Human experience, Curtis suggests, is reduced to a finite quantity of information, data or metadata is interpreted to predict behaviour, to detect contradictions, to ensure a perpetual state of stasis.

 

"What we are planning to build is a centralized archive of humankind, and we are attempting to store it in the smallest possible space, along the lines of the individual memories in our brains" (Italo Calvino, World Memory, Tales and Dialogues 1968-1984)

 

The artists contributing to the Members' Exhibition at the Library Project demonstrate the rich and diverse practices arising from the fixative discipline of print-making. Although each has distinct conceptual concerns the cumulative effect of the exhibition provides personal insights into universal topics such as memory, communication and privacy, emphasising or alluding to the key tools identified by Curtis. The interconnectedness of hidden systems is visualized here through painting, drawing, sculpture and subtle intervention, with materials including fiber optic cables, concrete, paper and pigment.

 

"..it is becoming more and more difficult to situate myself on the map that charts today's dominant mental attitudes" (Italo Calvino, The Situation in 1978, from an interview with Daniele Del Guidice)

 

‘The way we live now and then' is as a series of statements or observations on how we work, plan, socialize, order. The artists from the Black Church Print Studio were selected due to their shared interest in the built environment and how we interact with and physically map space, information and technology.