'Magician Walks Into the Laboratory' (Image/Audio installation). Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry, UK, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid. Outputs: installations, large-scale photo-lightbox (opal-based duratran), sound. Radio-films, book.

Darryl Georgiou (Artist), Rebekah Tolley (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

Abstract

Georgiou, D. Tolley, R. (2017) Magician Walks Into the Laboratory (Image/Audio installation). Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry, UK, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid. 'Magician Walks Into the Laboratory' is the first of a trilogy of new artworks, installations, ‘radio-film’ projects exploring links between historical and contemporary geopolitical Cold War ideologies. Taking de-classified CIA documents (1960s-1990s) as departure point, MWITL re-interprets fragments of remote viewing sessions as audio-visual narratives. The trilogy raises questions regarding individual paranoia, global anxiety, surrounding Cold War 2.0 mass surveillance, data gathering, mining, biased social & broadcast media and ‘hauntology’ encountered via aspirations to develop pseudo time-travel techniques. Wider research and practice explores how places feel that involve disturbance, turmoil; the research question being how this re-presentation shapes the image of the present with bearing on the here and now. Featured at ‘The Future’ exhibition at the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2017, as part of the successful UK City of Culture, 2021 bid.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventCoventry Biennial of Contemporary Art - CET Building, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Oct 201722 Oct 2017

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