The World is a Text with Several Meanings

The World is a Text with Several Meanings presents a multilayered program of texts and moving images that come from open and solicited sources.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 15 May 2010 to Saturday 12 June 2010
Launch Friday 14 May 2010, 6:00PM

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Published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Wednesday 21 April 2010.
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The world is swamped with images; their repositioning is just as crucial as their creation to the production of meaning.

The video work is continuously projected in the space; a chain of content that is linked by the curator’s desire to redistribute selected videos. Performances of written texts selected by contemporary artists will occasionally replace the video footage. Responding to the pivotal question proffered in the film The Matrix, philosopher Slavoj Žižek rejects the red and blue pills, wanting instead a third pill, one that offers the ‘reality of illusion itself.’ This exhibition is a magnification of the material encountered during the endless search for ‘interesting’ content, and an attempt to address what the third pill may consist of. Reality is injected into the illusory substance of video, and video responds by affecting what we consider to be real. A conversation about each cannot be conducted exclusively.

Videos made by artists, documentation of lectures and presentations, films, documentaries, music video clips, sports highlights and archival news footage will be included in the video program. Reproductions of written texts will also be available, so collisions may occur between the videos and written texts. Amelia Borg and Lochie Bradfield will design and produce the fit-out of the space, creating something between a public cinema and an idiosyncratic private room.

Supporters: City of Yarra, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces

Various international and Australian artists

Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Duration: Until 5:30pm. Sat until 4.30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Price: Free