Peter Spiers exhibition in the Ballina Arts Centre

This exhibition of photography and video works addresses the possibilities of the image from a phenomenological position. It examines the state of the image in its relation to actuality, taking references from such diverse subjects as Mikhail Bakhtin, Jacques Rancière and Laurel and Hardy films.

Usually we engage with images through a system of representation; of signs, signifiers, appropriations, references, and stand-ins. This exhibition looks to place the image in the actual, operating in the immediate. It is the image as process in operation that we are confronted with here. Using elements of humour, empathy, mimicry, and aesthetics the works on show encourage us to move on from our usual abstracted way of looking at an image, bringing it to a point where it becomes a part of our lived experience. This exhibition turns on its head our usual way of engaging with the image.

Traced Memory with Michelle Brown

Michelle Browne will present a series of performative participatory works made for public spaces. The exhibition will consist of documentation and reports from the performances, seeking to capture the essence of the experience of such an event. Written, audio, and video sources will be brought together to convey the experience of a completed performance-based piece to an audience. Working in an ephemeral media like performance opens up new challenges and insights into the lived experience of a work. This audience based archive aims to investigate what we can ever truly know about a past event. Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until August 28.

Ballina Arts Centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. For further information contact Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, phone 096 73593, e-mail: [email protected] Una Sinnott 04/08/2010


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