||While spirituality has sometimes been
associated with a kind of cognitive ecstasy that our current dataglut unwittingly
simulates -- a sort of cosmic information overload -- most meditative and contemplative
traditions begin with the act of going offline: carving out a clearing in the midst of
daily life, relaxing into silence and the slow pulse of being until something unexpected
Erik Davis from Feed
||Tristan Humphry opens the exhibition of virtual
craft, 'Craft is Dead - Long Live Craft', curated by Steven
Goldate, at Craft Victoria.
||Sadly, the Offline part of this exhibition
closes. The visitor counter for the JamFactory gallery claims that 9,058 people had a
chance to experience the exhibition in real life. It will be a little while before online
visitors exceed that number. Remarkably, more than 800 people left messages in the
Visitor's Book, mostly favourable. Goes to show, there's still life out there offline.
||Pilar Rojas solo exhibition at Craft Victoria
gallery opened on Thursday 19th March.
||A locker filled with keys is one of many menageries of
lost objects that feature in the set of Teatro Doppo, who performed Tracking Time
at Adelaide Railway Station.
||The latest book by Slovenian philosopher
articulates a hidden premise of Offline:
radical virtualisation - the fact that the whole of reality will soon be 'digitalised',
transcribed, redoubled in the 'big Other' of cyberspace - will somehow redeem 'real life',
opening it up to a new perception, just as Hegel already had a presentiment that the end
of art (as the 'sensible appearing of the Idea'), which occurs when the Idea withdraws
from the sensible medium into its more direct conceptual expression, simultaneously
liberates sensibility from the constraints of the Idea?
Slavoj Zizek The Plague of Fantasies
London: Verso, 1997, p. 164
lollies found in the JamFactory shop. Are these part of the Offline exhibition?
||Lengthy review from conservative craft critic
Norris Ioannou in Adelaide Advertiser dismisses show with such rhetoric as
'Remember the earlier dictum of the craft movement, "truth in material"? Now
it's illusion that counts!'
Tut, tut. Is my slip showing?
gallery visitor put this autumn leaf next to Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot's work?
||Shots of the exhibition
||Pages of shots from installation and opening