Dark Matters: Gallery Exhibit Looks at Technological Illusion
Helen Stalker, Curator of the exhibition ‘Dark Matters’, has been interviewed by Wired.co.uk, view an excerpt from the article ‘Dark Matters: Gallery Exhibit Looks at Technological Illusion‘ :
“The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that despite the advance of visual technology, a preoccupation with illusion and a “sense of wonderment” remains. As well as showcasing the latest in interactive art, Dark Matters harks back to the likes of photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot, who used the camera to distort nature, capture shadows and create a new “magical visual language.” Stalker cites Maxim Gorky’s reaction to cinema and the projected image, “last night I was in the kingdom of shadows,” in reference to the exhibition.
The internet has made our existence less dependent on our bodily presence and makes the boundary between truth and fantasy ever fainter.Helen Stalker, Curator
“In a sense, the computer has replaced these old tricks of light and darkness and is what now crafts our sense of wonder and illusion,” Stalker said. “The internet has made our existence less dependent on our bodily presence and makes the boundary between truth and fantasy ever fainter.”
The concept of online personae, Stalker argues, can be understood as a “temporal shadowy presence that can exist beyond the boundaries of your own body.” The notion of creating a temporal version of self or a shadow is explored throughout the works in Dark Matters.”
The article can be read in full with a gallery of images over on wired.co.uk