Date(s) - 02/07/2019 - 13/07/2019
The Copper House Gallery
The PhotoIreland Festival 2019 presents Arecibo by Visual Artist & Photographer, David Thomas Smith.
In 1974 the Arecibo message was broadcast into space with the unlikely aim of reaching out to extra-terrestrial life. Through frequency modulated radio waves, its aim was to reach the globular star cluster M13 some 25,000 light years away. The “ones” and “zeros” contained information about the fundamentals of life on Earth. The total broadcast was lessthan three minutes.
By the time the message reaches it, the star cluster may no longer be in that exact location, making contact even more unlikely, therefore, the real purpose of the message was not to make contact but to demonstrate the capabilities and advances of humanity.
With ‘Arecibo’ David Thomas Smith has created a magnificent visual homage to the original message and a reflection on the birth of humanity, our growth and evolution. “Exploration is deeply ingrained in the make up of humankind. Our struggle is that of contact.”
The exhibition will comprise of 9 breathtaking large scale works. Each image a composite of thousands of Jpegs extracted from Google Maps. The landscapes distorted by patterns of light, both natural and man made.
This is a fascinating representation of the evolution of humanity, demonstrating significant periods in history, depicted in some highly alluring compositions. Certainly a cause for reflection that is sure to captivate the viewer.
Based in Dublin, David has gained a considerable amount of international recognition with numerous features in publications such as Esquire, The Sunday Times, GUP Magazine and anthologies such as Robert Shore’s: Post-Photography.
Notably, in 2017 David had been nominated for one of photography’s most prestigious awards, The Prix Pictet. He has also exhibited in a number of diverse global locations from the Gaité Lyrique in Paris to the Hyundai Motor Studio in Beijing.
Specializing in Post-photographic processes, Davids ongoing work is redefining some of the traditional boundaries of the photographic medium. Breaking down and manipulating photography as it stretches beyond its definitions. An early innovator of the post photographic zeitgeist, who is contributing to the changing face of the medium.