'On Exactitude in Science'
Part of the IMMA 1000 Collection
Congratulations to gallery artist Alan Butler, as 'On Exactitude in Science' has been selected as part of the IMMA 1000 purchase for the IMMA collection with the announcement taking place in IMMA this evening at 7pm.
"IMMA 1000 is a new fund specifically created to support our work with Irish artists in the drastically altered social and economic environment we find ourselves in today. Severe cuts in arts funding since 2008 have had a devastating effect on supports available directly to contemporary artists, and as a result artists simply cannot afford to live and work in Ireland, creating a huge concern for the future of Irish art, and contemporary Irish culture."
On Exactitude in Science was originally commissioned by IMMA for the 2017 exhibition 'As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystic'.ON EXACTITUDE IN SCIENCE takes its name from the Jorge Luis Borges short story, Del rigor en la ciencia (1946). This passage describes an ancient, fictional civilization that creates a 1:1 scale map of their territory. Borges, who annotated this text under a pseudonym, in fact based the work on an extract from a Lewis Carroll work first published in 1889.
Using two video screens, this installation comprises the Godfrey Reggio motion picture KOYAANISQATSI (1983), presented in synchronicity with Alan Butler’s shot-for-shot remake KOYAANISGTAV (2017). The work by Reggio was chosen by Butler as a cultural artifact, and a paragon of the most popular visual media of the 20th century, film. The original motion picture does not follow a formal screenplay as such, instead embodies a poetic, pictorial mode of documentary film-making. Using KOYAANISQATSI as a screenplay itself, Butler has transposed this work into a new form using the virtual worlds within the Grand Theft Auto video game series.
86 minutes Approx. (LOOP)
TWO-SCREEN SYNCHRONIZED HD-VIDEO (1080p, 23.976 fps)
5.1 SURROUND AUDIO