Phos-sistema (Series 1-8)
6"x 6" Medium Format, Hand Printed Photographs, taken with a 1926 Kodak No 1a Pocket Camera (my grandfather's).
Developed and exhibited for the MA Graduate Show, Phos-sistema (Series 1-8) and Positions of Disposition are the result of research addressing epistemological and anthropological concerns in relation to technology. A view of technology, that beyond a certain threshold, is no longer seen in terms of an instrument deployed by a society, but rather, as a substantive entity in it's own right. Working symbiotically, each piece attempts to interpret how technology, as this entity, has the ability to deduct questions of meaning and value which define the scope of creative action, to scientific (instrumental) questions of technique and purpose, the values of which, by their nature, tend to be presupposed.
With Phosistema (Series 1-8) and Positions of Disposition, the aim, in particular, is to focus on the rationalisation of the human body and the process of incorporating it into this technological, scientific discourse.
Consequently, the work of Frank Gilbreth at the turn of the 20th century and his method of motion economy proved an inspiration. By attaching a small electric light to the limb of a worker and using a time exposure to photograph the movement as a continuous line in space, he was able to develop a technique of visualising time in order to conduct an efficient re-engineering of the worker's body.
Using similar methods, both digitally and analogically, this body of work plays and subvert the notion that 'art' (both the creation and viewing of) is somewhat separate from this technological and rational understanding.
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MA Graduate Show, NCAD, Dublin.