Heavier-than-Air Flying Machines Are Impossible - Bangkok

Aideen Barry, Anne Maree Barry, Daren Bolger, Cliona Harmey, Gavin Murphy, Kelly O’Connor, Fiona Whitty

Taking as its premise a sideways gaze at the truths of the world, Pallas Contemporary Projects presents an exhibition of probing video by contemporary artists working in Ireland. In partnership with Project 304, ‘Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible’ will present these artworks for the first time to a new audience in Bangkok. The exhibition will connect a circle that started with ‘Head or Tail’ contemporary video work from Thailand, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and Michael Shoawanasai, that recently was exhibited in Pallas Contemporary Projects’ gallery in Dublin (19 October – 4 November 2007).

Questioning accepted patterns in society and physical day-to-day experience, these artists unpack and rework reality. Always in transit, moving and questioning our assumptions, the artists ask how tenable the rules are and what indeed these rules are? Do we make proposals that cannot be proved? Where are the facts? And is it possible to look again clearly at our reality? ‘Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible’ measures and checks this different shifting world, and brings together indefinite results.

(William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824-1907) was an Irish mathematical physicist and engineer and a leader in the physical sciences of the 19th century. He is widely known for developing the Kelvin scale of absolute temperature measurement. His proposition of 1895 that heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible, however, was proven false eight years later with the flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk in 1903.)

Project 304 is an independent art organization, founded in 1996 to support contemporary artistic and cultural activities through art exhibitions as well as media and time-based works and events including the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF).


New video works by Irish artists selected by Pallas Contemporary Projects for Project 304, Bangkok: www.project304.org