Lost State is a collaboration between Hugh McCabe and myself, that took the form of an exhibition in Draoicht Art Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin in October 2017. Hugh invited me to make text and audio in response to his photographs and video. The exhibition took the form of photographic prints, three video screens, and then audio with a voiceover that played from three different sources in the gallery. The upstairs space in Draoicht has a kind of 'walkthrough' quality, so the voiceovers functioned like tannoy announcements, that one might catch walking through. The exhibition was curated by Sharon Murphy.
'Lost State, a mixed-media installation by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh, comprises of photography, voice, 3D animation and audio. The work centres around photographs of disused computer parts shot from the imagined point of view of future entities uncovering the technological detritus of our time. A soundtrack accompanying the photographs alludes to a speculative narrative about the circumstances of the discovery of these objects and their significance for those finding them. A short film using digital 3D modelling and rendering techniques simulates drone footage of the exploration of one of the discovered objects.
The photographs are all shot on a large format 4”x5” analogue film camera in order to make a connection with early photographic history and its use as a form of documentation and enquiry. The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.' You can read on Visual Art Archive in Draoicht here.
Text mentions (with more images of exhibition).
Quick reflections following Lost State at Draíocht by Moran Been-oon, here
Des Kenny Reviews Lost State here.