Static Vision

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Static Vision by Katrina Maguire explores how the abandoned building sites of the Celtic Tiger era reframe how we perceive place in Ireland today. The exhibition takes its title from graffiti at the former Horizon Mall site in Limerick (pictured below) and is part of the artist’s practice-based PhD at Queen’s University in Belfast. Please join us for the opening on Thursday 23 January 2020, 7-9pm.


Static Vision examines the correlation between the ephemeral celluloid fabric of photography and film, and the decay and stains of time displayed on the unfinished structures of the contemporary ruin – each a temporal barometer, physically registering memory, the imprint and history of time. Polaroid photography is employed for its distinct indexical, temporal, material and visual qualities, and to facilitate an intuitive interaction with these abandoned sites. The work seeks to encourage a dialogue between the activity of looking and recording, and that of delivering on-site single-framed images and objects, a dialogue that can probe the dichotomies between the past and present, the fixed single moment and the sequential fixed moment.

Recordings are made in Super 8 to examine celluloid’s ephemeral and temporal qualities, and investigate the medium’s transformative capacity through engaging with its alchemical processes and presentational properties. The work examines how this low gauge medium and its capacity to interpret time, duration and movement can also communicate stasis. Super 8’s textural qualities and static shots are explored to emulate the abandoned sites in-between condition: stuck in time, yet slowly evolving and changing. Static Vision by Katrina Maguire is part of a practice-based PhD research project titled Reimagining Ruins: A Practice-Based Study of Perceptions of Place in Contemporary Ireland Using Analogue Visual Technologies.

Katrina Maguire will be in conversation with Dr. Dara Waldron in Ormston House on Wednesday 29 January, 11.30am-1pm, and the exhibition will run until 1 February 2020. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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