Artificial Life: Saraf, Weir, and Kahn and Selesnick

This exhibition, curated by Marjorie Vecchio, was a part of a special issue of our journal Inscriptions on the topic of Artificial Life. In addition to a curatorial text by Vecchio, it includes images by Surabhi Saraf, Grace Weir, and Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick.

Grace Weir: In Parallel

These images are from ‘In Parallel,’ a film that begins with the drawing of a straight line and is an exploration of Euclid’s Elements, a geometry book written c.300BC. The film considers the history of the concept of a parallel line. Through a sequence of coloured drawn geometrical propositions including the vanishing point of linear perspective, the film reflects on how the shapes of thought in which our beliefs are expressed affect our perception of ourselves within our environment. Grace Weir represented Ireland at the 49th International Venice Biennale and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.

In Parallel

Surabhi Saraf: Awoke & the Awokened

Surabhi Saraf is a media artist and founder of Centre for Emotional Materiality. Her practice explores our complex relationship with technology through multimedia works that incorporate video installations, sculptures, performances, and sound compositions. ‘Awoke & the Awokened’ (2018-Present) is an on-going multimedia project that includes a video sculpture, a VR experience, a series of live performances, short films and a concept album.

Awoke & the Awokened

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick: The Truppe Fledermaus’s Memory Theatre of 1932

‘The Truppe Fledermaus’s Memory Theatre of 1932’ comes with its full complement of Batfolk, Greenmen, Rope-Slingers, and Death-Dancers in all their Carnivalesque glory. Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team, both born in 1964. They work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future.

Kahn and Selesnick

Marjorie Vecchio: Neverending Answer

“We are the mysterious neverending answers traveling through time, bobbing in and out of view:” Read Marjorie Vecchio’s catalogue text “Neverending Answer” for the exhibition Artificial Life, first published in Inscriptions 4, no. 2.

Catalogue text