May 12 – July 02 2022
The LAB Gallery is pleased to present em-bracing a group exhibition featuring Kate Fahey, Adam Gibney and Jonathan Mayhew curated by Séamus McCormack.
Through a range of approaches, positions and media, including sculpture, moving image, installation and scent, em-bracing explores the virtual selves’ relationship to physical selves by questioning how constantly evolving technologies can (trans) form identity and perception.
Through the prism of both IRL and URL realities, the works in this exhibition refract and reflect on the complexity of these interconnected experiences. As we emerge from the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have generated a more complex understanding of corporeality in relation to how technology permeates our bodies. We have increasingly recognised ourselves as porous and vulnerable bodies entwined with connections and experiences mediated by non-human or haptic forms of communication.
em-bracing investigates how digital technologies can complicate connectivity and detachment, embodiment and disembodiment, and intimacy and distance – thus creating profound effects on the identification of others and of our self.
The exhibition is complemented by a newly developed online resource at www.em-bracing.com. This includes new digital works by the three artists, which act as footnotes to the exhibited works in the gallery; a text by the curator Séamus McCormack; and a response by Pita Arreola Burns (Digital Art Curator V&A London and Co-founder off Site Project).
The curator and artists will also participate in an online panel discussion to expand on their research and the works included in em-bracing. In partnership with The School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin, and as an extension to their exhibited works, Fahey, Gibney and Mayhew will lead practical and discursive artist-led workshops. More information on all of these events will be announced here soon and on the online resource.