Life & Death: Lost & Found

Curated by helenaraywood
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Life and Death: Lost and Found is an exhibition that focuses, primarily, on death, and how a selection of net artists approach and interpret it. By exploring memories, loss, discovery, and life, this collection of works is intended to create a different understanding of what death is, whether to us, as the viewer, or the artists themselves. It begins with death in recognisable form, moving through to more suggestive references, all the while immersing the viewer in a diverse selection of online art. // 15 Hiding Places by Adrian Van Allen is an attempt to remind us that scientific specimens, preserved for research purposes, are still the remains of things that were once alive. He challenges the idea that once put in a jar these objects are no longer bodies, but sources of scientific information, by captioning each jar with a fragment of thought, perhaps suggesting memories from when the creatures were still living.// Distant Air by Myron Campbell documents poignant memories (both real and imagined) of the artist developing an understanding of life and death. The piece uses appealing illustrations that lull us into a false sense of comfort, before revealing its more macabre interactive aspect. // Trilogy by Lisa Bloomfield is a piece centered around the possibility of death and, ultimately, survival. Bloomfield presents three disjointed story lines, based on fictional characters created by Kathrine Haake and Rod Moore, accompanied by interactive trails of imagery. By following the narratives of each character we are forced to face their feelings of loss, uncertainty, and fear. // Wake by Garry Simmons addresses death, not directly, but suggestively, through history and memory. We are invited to explore a derelict space from the past, whilst listening to an old recording of a song, the intention being to provoke our imaginations into ‘remembering’ the supposed dead and gone. // Unseen Pictures by Ryan Boatright is a disturbingly finite piece of work that exists only whilst the artist’s grandmother, Mildred, lives. The concept amounted from the discovery of a collection of photographs documenting Boatright’s grandparents’ farm. It is suggested that for the work to be completed we must write to his grandmother and request the collection of photographs. This idea, however, forces us to face Mildred’s mortality, as we have no way of knowing whether she is dead or alive, and, thus, whether the piece continues.

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