Cleary & Connollys Hall of Mirrors
16.03.2012 - 22.07.2012
RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, Ireland
For almost two years now texts and emails have been bouncing back and forth between Paris, Dublin, Kilkenny, Ardfert, San Francisco, Castlebar, London, and Limerick. The subject of all this buzz is an extraordinary collaboration between artists and scientists, leading to a four month exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery for Dublin, European City of Science 2012, which will then tour Ireland for the remainder of 2012.
The project was sparked by a chance meeting in Paris between artists Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly, (who both graduated in architecture from DIT Bolton Street and now live in Paris) and Prof. Patrick Cavanagh, of Irish descent and a Professor at Harvard and Universit? Paris Descartes, specialising in visual perception. Hall of Mirrors has grown to encompass organisations and communities all over Ireland and beyond. Children from Ardfert National School become Dot-People in The Dot Universe - an interactive Artwork inspired by Biological motion and created in collaboration with CLARITY using gaming technology and tracking devices. The Vision Lab at University Paris Descartes helped the artists create "binocular vision" viewing posts, and a series of ?binocular? films were shot with pupils of St. Joseph˘s Secondary School in Castlebar. Research on the phenomenon of Negative Afterimage at the Parisian laboratory inspired a series of Negative Afterimage Portraits, and CLARITY transformed android telephones into two Darth Vader-like headsets, allowing the public to revisit experiments in perceptual adaptation. The Railway Procurement Agency helped create a new video art work inspired by deformations in visual perception while moving at speed through the city.