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LOST STATE
Hugh McCabe & Suzanne Walsh
Curated by Sharon Murphy
19 October – 4th November
Opening Event: 7pm Thursday October 19th 2017
Gallery 2, Draíocht, Blanchardstown

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“Thrones and dominions” the Finn said obscurely “Yeah, there’s things out there. Ghosts, voices. Why not? Oceans had mermaids, all that shit, and we had a sea of silicon … ”

William Gibson, Count Zero (1986)

How will our present technological moment be perceived from the perspective of the future? In our anthropocentric era where evidence of human-driven climate change mounts and rumours of the coming singularity abound, can we be confident that our steady rate of scientific progress won’t suffer a rupture? What fictions will be created to fill the resultant gaps? What myths will emerge from the residue of the information age?

Lost State sets out to explore these questions using as its starting point a series of photographs shot from the imagined point of view of future archeologists exploring the technological detritus of our time. A fractured speculative narrative alludes to the circumstances and significance of this discovery and invokes memories of human-technological mourning and loss. A digitally generated film simulates this imaginary exploration in order to question how image production technologies shape our perceptions of the past and of the future.

The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.

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LOST STATE is a collaborative mixed-media exhibition by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh consisting of photography, voice, audio and digitally generated video.

Still and moving images by Hugh McCabe
Words and sound by Suzanne Walsh
3D Modelling by Vincent O’Reilly

OPENING EVENT including performance by Suzanne Walsh at 7pm on Thursday October 19th 2017

Also opening in Gallery 1 on the same evening is Elaine Hoey’s award-winning VR artwork, The Weight Of Water. Both exhibitions will be opened by Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO, The Digital Hub. Launching on the night will also be the inaugural Draíocht Visual Culture Award for a Graduate of the Creative Digital Media Programme at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

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Hugh McCabe is a Dublin-based lecturer, musician and artist. He is graduate of the MA ‘Art In the Contemporary World’ course at NCAD and teaches critical theory and 3D graphics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

Suzanne Walsh is an artist, writer and musician whose cross-disciplinary work moves between the literary, music and art worlds. Suzanne is also a graduate of the MA ‘Art In The Contemporary World’ course. She is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.

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Long time no blog. I’ll be speaking at an event in Rua Red in Tallaght this evening (6:30 Wednesday 17th May) which is organised by the good people at Mart as part of the Glitch Digital Arts festival. The short talk is entitled “Ghosts In The Machines: Digital Archaeologies and Viral Art” and will encompass many things including archaeology, systems, William Gibson, Cixin Liu, Deleuze, the occult and computer viruses. It’s loosely related to a new photographic project I am working on which I will also be previewing as part of the talk. One of these photographs is shown above and there are more to come along with associated activities. More details on the event at the following link:

http://ruared.ie/event/digital-traces-glitch-seminar

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Just a quick note here to let you know that I am going to be speaking at an event tomorrow night (Thursday 21st July) at the Centre For Creative Practices in Pembroke Street in Dublin. It’s called Music Photography in a Digital Age and was organised by Naomi McCardle as part of the PhotoIreland festival. Full information on the event is below  – should be a good night. Thanks so much to Naomi for inviting me to be part of this. (more…)

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The PhotoIreland 2011 festival kicks off tomorrow and there’s a whole host of photographic events and exhibitions happening around Dublin over the coming weeks. I missed all of last year’s inaugural festival, due to being away on holidays, but thankfully they have extended this year’s one to the entire month of July so I’ll be able to catch most of it this time. I have been browsing through the programme and found many things that look like they are worth catching. (more…)

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While my exhibition was on in Fumbally, Jonathan Keane, a journalism student from Griffith College, came down and interviewed me for the GCD student mag, Griffiti. You can click on the image above to read it. Many thanks to Jonathan. It’s always nice when someone shows an interest in your work and especially nice when they take the time to do an interview and write an article about it. Speaking of Griffith College, the Graduate show of their photography degree starts on June 3rd, and should be well worth a look. Full details on this, and the Creative Fortnight of which it is a part, can be found here. (more…)

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This week sees my exhibition moving down to The Workmans Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin. The Workmans is a recently opened music venue, right beside the Clarence Hotel. It’s a fabulous 160-year old building and before becoming a music venue, had a run of over 100 years as the original Dublin Workingmen’s club. They’ve done a great job of refurbishing it, keeping loads of original features intact, and as well as having an excellent live band room, it has a really nice upstairs bar with big windows looking out over the river Liffey. I’ve been talking to Karl and Karen at the Workmans for a while now about having the exhibition on display in this space and I’m really excited about it finally happening. It’s entirely fitting that the photographs should be on display in a music venue. The upstairs bar, where the exhibition will be, is open to the public each night of the week (though usually not on a Monday) from around 5pm onwards until late. So, this is one for the nightowls. (more…)

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Photos by Frank Brennan

Last Thursday night saw the opening of the Traces Of The Real exhibition at the Fumbally Exchange in Dublin. I was really happy with the turnout and would like to say thanks to all who made the trip into town to check it out. Wine was drunk, pints were had afterwards, and I got lots of interesting feedback and opinions on what I have been doing. The exhibition runs all next week (Mon 18th – Thurs 21st April, 11AM – 5PM) so anyone who was not able to make the opening has until Thursday to catch it. Several people on the night said to me that the experience of seeing the prints was completely different to seeing the images on the screen, as the printed versions reveal way more detail and texture than the low resolution screen versions can ever do. So, I think it’s well worth trying to come down to the show. (more…)

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