Confined to a room, the artist recalls fragmentary memories of landscape, rooted in bodily experience. Using prose poetry as the ‘input,’ she shares this with a fictional, technological being (The Other) that resides inside the computer. The Other repeats the verses and awakens its first impressions of what landscape might be through artificial CGI, an experience it is denied by the lack of a body. The work uses rhythm, cycle, repetition, the voice and vivid descriptions to explore the boundaries between the real and the artificial, the technological and the ‘natural.’ The work addresses the increasing omnipresence of new technologies that are emerging as significant means through which we experience. All words, performance, graphics, sound and editing by Méadhbh O’Connor. Made during the first COVID lockdown, 2020.
Méadhbh O’Connor is a visual artist whose work is composed of an extended exploration at the intersections of art, science, technology and environment. Solo exhibitions include Climate Simulator, Earth Institute, University College Dublin (2018). Group exhibitions include New Era, Artists for Climate Change, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2020); Eco-connectivity, Berlin Science Week, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2018); What is Life?, Wexford Arts Centre and Trinity College Dublin (2018) and the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale of Art (2017). O’Connor holds a Master of Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2020). She is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and has recently been elected as a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford, commencing October 2021. She is currently Artist in Residence with the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group in the Department of Materials, the University of Oxford at the invitation of Prof Harish Bhaskaran. Previous positions include Artist in Residence and educational posts with the College of Science at University College Dublin.