Artist Event | Unravelling the Thread: Public tour with the Dublin Art and Technology Association


Artist Event | Unravelling the Thread: Public tour with the Dublin Art and Technology Association Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/05/2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Complex





Join artist Kerry Guinan and collaborators Frank Prendergast (Space Forms), Aisling Murray, Anthony O’Connor, Emily Waszak and Sai Mulpuru with Dublin Art & Technology Association (DATA) for a public tour of The Red Thread. Starting from the networked technologies and infrastructures that the project is built on, this tour will consider the live installation within the wider techno-political contexts that it, and its performers are situated in, such as labour automation, global supply chains, surveillance capitalism, digital anthropology, and Dublin and Bengaluru’s status as so-called ‘Silicon’ tech hubs of their respective regions.

This is a free event but capacity is limited, arrive in a timely fashion to avoid disappointment

The Red Thread is a monumental new production and limited ephemeral performance created by Kerry Guinan with an international team of collaborators. It will take place May 4th – 10th at The Complex Gallery, Dublin as part of the ‘Art Factory’ programme.

For 6 performances only, from 8am – 1.30pm, an installation of industrial sewing machines will be activated live in The Complex. The kinetic installation appears to be self-operating, but there are puppeteers in hiding. Over 8,000 kilometers away, in Bengaluru, India, workers in a textiles factory press upon the foot pedals of their sewing machines. Their incidental choreography is reproduced precisely – and in real time – by the installation in The Complex, with the support of original networked technology. The resulting performative installation overcomes vast distances to facilitate moments of human encounter between people at opposite ends of supply chains, making visceral the extraordinary scale, and underlying humanity, of the globalised economy. This unique live event takes place over six days and is never to be restaged. Please take note of the special gallery opening hours (from 8am – 1.30pm daily), which are congruent with the working hours of the participating textile workers in Bengaluru.


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