Latamcyber are delighted to announce the launch of a new Residence Artwork by our Artist in Residence, Brian Mackern.
On exhibition tomorrow, Monday 20 October, from 12.00-7.00pm at FACT, Brian’s new work is entitled “This too shall pass” Memories and noises from the Waterfront // 53°24’N 2°59’W – Liverpool. The City as Affective Interface.
For this Residence Artwork, Brian reworks the footage obtained through his dérives (as a series of unplanned journeys along a urbanscape) in Liverpool. That gathering of information and recording of sound and visual material is then remixed by different parameters (volume levels, transparencies, fragmentation, crossfadings, zooms, speeds of timelines, etc) controlled by Liverpool’s “socio economic historic curve” of the last century. This curve was loosely obtained through joining historic markups based on readings and conversations with people from the city.
In this exhibition, Brian addresses the representation of places and different aspects of the localization of ‘being’. The meaning of ‘being’ is in his view twofold: to be oneself while also being (or not) in a place or environment. What aspects are involved in that ‘being’? Memories and/or remembrance? How do we reconstruct these memories? How do these memories evolve into their own reproduction every time we bring them into the light of consciousness? How does noise (as external information that intermingles with memory and remembrance) add up to create these representations? Which input/output media work inside us to build these memories? What activates long forgotten memories of childhood?
These are some of the things that most attract Brian when recreating places and detours in his daily life. The exhibition conceives of ports as waypoints on a trip, ingesting and refashioning cultures, rebuilding urban traces and histories. Ports construct societies and are ways of reinserting new and old meanings into our ways of seeing and being in the world; they provide opportunities for an outsider stuck inside into another culture to question his being in this world. They are, in other words, interfaces.
We hope many of you will be able to join us at this exciting exhibition, and look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you are going to be tweeting about the exhibition, we recommend the hashtag #citiesindialogue