Integrated Mystery House
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
14 Apr — 08 Jul 2018
In ‘Integrated Mystery House’ the lone inhabitant of a dilapidated ‘interstellar colonial sleeper vessel’ rehearses a rambling and frenetic presentation about his alterations to the huge defunct control panel – a series of intricately made collages and semi-translucent sculptures. These objects are described as a mind-maps, connecting fragmented memories of a trip to Silicon Valley - a labyrinthine Victorian mansion built by the guilt ridden widow of a rifle maker and haunted by the ghosts of the gun’s victims; immigrant workers in Intel’s microchip fabrication labs made faceless by their clean-suits; the Nazi V2 rocket and its links to Bowie, Disney and Elon Musk. Through his discordant presentation to a hallucinated audience, disparate narratives and anecdotes are soldered together into a prototype for a new kind of integrated circuit.
The work initially took the form a performance within the installation. The video which the character records during the performance was then projected back into the control panel structure for the duration of the exhibition.
This work was commissioned by Eva International for the 38th Eva International curated by Inti Guerrero. Made with support from the Arts Council of Ireland.