Living Canvas at Wilton Park presents the biggest outdoor screen for contemporary art in Europe on the banks of the Grand Canal. We profile some of the artists appearing, as part of its constantly evolving programme, in a special supplement in our current edition.
What would it look like to live inside your computer? This is the question artist Aoife Dunne is asking in her site-specific work which will be unveiled at IPUT’s Living Canvas screen at Wilton Park this month. “I work a lot with screens in digital media, but never one like this before,” she enthuses when considering the 21-metre screen her new work will debut on.
“I came up with a seven-part video performance piece which is inspired by how dependent we all are on technology, especially during the pandemic. I felt we were almost consumed by technology because we had nowhere to go. There’s a character who’s trapped behind the screen and every day of the week, there’s a new visual.” As always, it brings Dunne’s fashionable kinetic chaos, but with certain restrictions owing to location, such as the frenetic speed of her realisations.
“There’s a character who’s trapped behind the screen and every day of the week, there’ll be a new visual.”
“You might see a huge foot with the viewer slowly getting the idea that someone is stuck.” Dunne plays each of the personas, imbuing them with their own aesthetic created with her set – a 10m glass framed box to replicate the screen which will be filled with computer parts and industrial materials.
“I really love branching out and creating work outside of the box. It’s interesting to see how people engage with it.”
Brain Chamber is showing as part of Living Canvas this week and every second week (March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9…)
totallydublin.ie/arts-culture/arts-culture-features/the-fantast-aoife-dunnes-visionary-thinking/ (an extended interview with Aoife as part of our cover feature in August 2021)