WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
Rib Summer labs residency research documentation, 2023
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-Opening public event documentation (10th July)
-Residency conversations, invited works, publications and research logs
-Closing public event documentation (2nd Sept)
-Residency and research Post Script (to come)
Steven Maybury’s residency proposal reflected on artist Mathew Kneebone’s work, Power Relations. Maybury asks: “what do we do if there is no electricity? No digital? No Grid? No virtual? How we might cope without the ease of recalling a memory instantly?”.
Maybury seeded Rib’s project space with a small selection of his own memory objects to open the space for dialogue, public participation, moments (in the dark or light), invitations and public conversations all acting as a live document for the duration of the residency. Using the digital world as a context, referencing where our intimate moments are stored, connected and shared, he made Rib a physical hard drive of sorts, displaying old and new methods of remembering and storytelling. Art historian and curator Pádraic E. Moore was one of several people invited by Maybury to present their own research at Rib. For this event Moore presented a lecture on superphysical phenomenon entitled The Seventh Ray.
Artist Bart Lunenberg was also invited to discuss Maybury’s research and his publication This Creaking Floor and all the Ceilings Below and this conversation manifested in creating an atmosphere by literally inviting fire into the room for Pádraic’s lecture and also inviting a work of his to be installed for the duration of the Rib residency titled: A house with two shadows
A house with two shadows, 2020
sculpture series, oak wood and charcoal.
Ongoing documentation of this residency, conversations, works and references below.
The invited conversations have been circulating around the topics of memory, digital systems and what it means to remember digitally in the face of upgrades in the infrastructure of new technologies that support new accelerated paces of digital consumption and extraction. With my own personal memory objects, invited artworks and selected publications and various versions of light all present in Rib for the duration of the residency, these have all been used to help, focus and support dialogues. A focus on new technologies and old ways of being and communicating together have been central to the reimagining and repositioning of what it means to use digital technologies today.
–The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Shoshana Zuboff
–States of Entanglement, data in the irish landscape – Annex
–Into the universe of the technical image – Villém Flusser
–Future Memories – Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs
– This Creaking Floor and all the Ceilings Below – Bart Lunenberg
– ÉPHÉMÉRE – Paul Cupido