Over 25 years since the World Wide Web phenomenon began, computer scientists, social psychologists, writers, and artists are now questioning how digital technologies are impacting our daily lives.
The personal computer, touch screen devices, and always-on wearables now form the very fabric of how we engage and connect globally. Our prolific participation in social media, taking selfies, live streaming and constant sharing of personal information gives rise to big data profiling. Willingly or unwillingly, our output in this global digital community demands a representation of the self. This ‘self’ is often fractured between text, sound, visuals, or data, filtered across different platforms as a multiple of identities.
Linking new studies of the digital self to the critical concerns and creative tools of artists, this diverse public programme explores questions of identity, authenticity, narcissism, disembodiment, and parody. Through photography, video and web artworks, digital interventions, talks, workshops and selected reading, digitial_self explores how the self is performed, promoted and exposed by a digital generation now accustomed to mediating their private and public lives online.
From the landmark performances of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) in the late 60s to more recent web based projects and performances we trace the integration of art, technology and internet processes over time through a selections of projects by Irish and international artist. Participants include Johann Arens, Julie Martin & Billy Klüver (E.A.T), Jonathan Mayhew, Eilis McDonald, Jayson Musson, Theresa Nanigian, Molly Soda, Amalia Ulman. The informal setting of IMMA Project Spaces offers visitors a moment for pause and reflection on the ways the web is changing us, its potential to transform how we engage with art, and what this means for our sense of self, on and off line.
Concurrent exhibitions at IMMA by Rodney Graham and Lucian Freud whose self-portraitures play with the perceived persona of the artist offers the departure to revisit how portraiture has acquired new meaning in this digital era.
In response to the digital_self project, artist Eilis McDonald creates In my dream I called myself, a new cross-platform digital artwork commissioned by IMMA. The work uses branding and identity motifs derived from the aesthetic history of IMMA’s website and social media accounts to induce virtual-immersion into a dreamlike screen-space where past and present loop and layer in continual succession. Through intuitive coding mixed with video, sound and imagery, collected both on-site and online, McDonald generates an alternate-self for IMMA, merging realities and mimicking the process of dreaming.
Interact with McDonald's eilismcdonald.com/imma-dream to experience a kaleidoscope of nostalgic code remnants, abstracted and reconfigured to evoke the layered existence of one's digital trace.
About the Artist
Eilis McDonald (1982, Ireland) is an artist based in Dublin and Berlin who creates works for online platforms and physical spaces. Recent exhibitions include (love story) RGKSKSRG.com (2015-2016); Is this a test, newhive.com (2015); Display Show, TBG+S, Dublin (2015), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015), and Stroom Den Haag, The Hague (2016).
Talks & Events
A Public Programme of talks, events and online projects invites all ages to explore the ways new technologies are transforming how the self is voiced, shaped and understood in various digital realms.
Theresa Nanigian discusses her work not sorry (2014) which presents an intimate portrait of the Irish teenager and young adult, at a time when almost everything is on virtual display. notsorry literally goes behind closed doors into the private territory of the bedroom and seeks to expose the genuine individual beneath the public persona. Listen back
Tuesday 30 January 2018 / 6pm / Lecture Room / Free / Booking Advised To be a Machine / IMMA & IADT: ARC Talk by author, blogger Mark O’Connell.
Author Mark O’Connell draws on his acclaimed publication, To be a Machine (2016) to discuss our desires, delusions and use of technology to alter the human condition to escape mortality and our biological lives. Listen back
Actors, Performing Bodies and the Matter of Storage / IMMA & IADT: ARC Lecture by Dr Maeve Connolly
Explores artworks that suggest material manifestations of acting or performing bodies to propose new understandings of the human body as a medium of storage. Listen back
Thursday 1 February 2018 / Live Online
@n-_at3mpt_2_v1ew-s0urce.txt / Jonathan Mayhew
A performed version of Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, 1974, uses IMMA’s social media platforms, from an undisclosed location, to blur distinctions between seen and unseen data.
Authenticity and the theatre of Self / IMMA & IADT: ARC Lecture by Dr Sinead Hogan
Focusing on notions of authenticity and ‘the fake’, this lecture looks at how differing senses of self and subjectivity effect how we might think and engage with the world. Listen back
12 Dec – 20 Feb 2018 / Weekly Lunchtime Screenings / Lecture Room / Drop In 9 Evenings films 1966 - 2017 / Produced Billy Klüver and Julie Martin for Experiments in Art and Technology
Grass Field by Alex Hay & Performance Engineer Bob Kieronski. Physical Things by Steve Paxton & Performance Engineer Dick Wolff. Carriage Discreteness by Yvonne Rainer & Performance Engineer Per Born. Solo by Deborah Hay & Performance Engineer Larry Heilos. Vehicle by Lucinda Childs & Performance Engineer Peter Hirsch.
Two Holes of Water - 3 by Robert Whitman & Performance Engineer Robby Robinson. Variations VII by John Cage & Performance Engineer Cecil Coker. Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg & Performance Engineer Jim McGee. Bandoneon ! (a combine) by David Tudor & Performance Engineer Fred Waldhauer. Kisses Sweeter than Wine by Öyvind Fahlström & Performance Engineer Harold Hodges.