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Garrett Phelan: Trusted Servant on YouTube as part of the exhibition .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae


Garrett Phelan, Trusted Servant, 2007, video still courtesy the artist

As part of the group exhibition, .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae, artist Garrett Phelan was invited by the curators to officially close the exhibition with his project Trusted ServantTrusted Servant, 2007 continues on YouTube, holding the exhibition open endlessly. At Phelan’s conceptual discretion it may be removed, and in so doing will mark the official end of the exhibition.

Trusted Servant documents an automated and manic performance of Phelan repeating pre-recorded broadcasts from an MP3 player, which have been compiled and edited from media sources – shortwave and longwave radio, cable link, newspaper articles and webcasts. His working standpoint, calls into question the mainstream methods of endless ingestion of information and communication that influence the formations of our opinions in this ‘don’t stop age’.

About the Exhibition

.all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reggae was presented at IMMA from 29 November 2006 to 18 February 2007. It was curated by French artist Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at IMMA.  More than 20 artists, writers and thinkers were invited to participate in this project, which focused on the notion of ‘process’. The gallery based exhibition comprised works in a wide variety of media by such cutting-edge artists as Doug Aitken, Douglas Gordon, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Carsten Höller, Sarah Lucas, Anri Sala, Peter Fischli/David Weiss and Cerith Wyn Evans, many being shown for the first time in Ireland. All of the artists involved participated in researching and developing the exhibition, whose title is an anagram of the Irish and English for “new galleries”, the building in which it is being held. 

Parreno’s approach is to go beyond the physical space of the Museum. As a part of this process, on the gallery closing date of the exhibition;18 February 2007, Phelan uploaded the video performance work Trusted Servant, 2007 onto YouTube, which was at that time emerging as a popular free video sharing website.  Primarily known for radio, video, drawing and alternative projects, in this instance Phelan becomes the gatekeeper of .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae.

Click to view  Trusted Servant

Related Links

 >arrow link Press Release

 >arrow link .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae gallery based exhibition at IMMA

 >arrow link www.garrettphelan.com

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