Opening reception: Pallas Projects, The Coombe, 6–8pm Thursday 2nd November
Exhibition continues: Friday 3rd – Saturday 18th November
Beta Festival: An element of The Ninth Muse will be exhibited as part of Beta Festival, The Digital Hub, Thomas Street. Details TBA @ betafestival.ie
Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Aoibheann Greenan—The Ninth Muse, the final exhibition of our 2023 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.
The Ninth Muse speculates the creative and social implications of brain-machine interfacing. Referencing the Nine Muses of ancient Greek mythology, the exhibition explores the parallels between AI and the muse, a friendly analogy that masks corporate involvement in our product interactions. The work features a 'Muse' headband, a consumer-level brain-machine interface that employs EEG neurofeedback for meditation enhancement. Greenan envisions the technology’s potential to uncover unconscious contents, along with associated risks around brain data privacy.
The artist locates 20th century surrealism and its techniques for hacking the unconscious as a precursor to this moment in which neurotechnologies are pervading the consumer market. The installation updates Dalí's hypnagogic sleep method by placing the Muse headband above an automated office chair, which drops keys to prompt imaginative material.* Using a process akin to Dalí’s Paranoiac-critical method Greenan has created a series of collage drawings which provide the raw material for an animation.* Greenscreen sections integrate a video invocation to the ninth muse, Calliope, that draws on a number of feminist texts. The libretto prompts the AI to augment the poet's image as she recites, generating a series of creaturely becomings. Glitches, created by the artist's Muse-driven brainwave fluctuations, intermittently disrupt the image, thus repurposing the headband as a tool for both artistic augmentation and countering corporate capture.
* Dalí would nap in an armchair, holding a set of keys above a metal plate,
whereupon the sound of them falling would awaken him with imaginative material
for his work.
* Dalí would combine multiple disparate images into one, to stimulate in himself
and the viewer ‘a delirium of interpretation’.
Aoibheann Greenan is an Irish artist working across moving image, performance, installation, sculpture, costume and drawing. Her theatrical stagings pull at the seams of our commodified experiences, allowing aberrant or repressed material to bleed out. Works have explored neuromarketing, psychedelic tourism and unboxing videos, warping their delivery through darkly humorous rituals and narratives. These 'counter spells' deliberately amplify coercive mechanisms to confront viewers with their mediated attention. Videos morph into live performances, costumes into sets, drawings into sculptures. Strange loops emerge across digital culture, mythology, neuroscience and esotericism, eliciting patterns of thought and behavior that persist throughout time.
Pallas Projects are delighted to partner with Beta Festival for their inaugeral year. Beta is a new festival of art and technology critically engaging with the impact of emerging technologies on society. Taking Ireland’s role as a central node in today's wired world as a starting point, Beta will showcase and celebrate Ireland’s research and artistic communities through a combination of creativity, debate and experimentation. Beta will allow members of the public to engage playfully and critically with new technologies essentially beta testing ethical issues facing society.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 8 x 3-week exhibitions taking place from March-November 2023. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council
Image description: Pencil on paper, drawing of various creatures mirrored on both sides, split apart by a green shape in the form of a questionmark. In the forefront blue text reads 'Artist-Initiated Projects. Aoibheann Greenan.'
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