Tully Arnot Slippage, SlidingOpening: Wednesday 20 May, 6-8pm Dates: 20 May – 6 June 2015
‘Slippage, Sliding’ explores the spaces in Arnot’s practice, between works that investigate human relationships with emergent technology, and his more bodily or formal sculptures.
Technology, especially interface based technology, can be seen as a layering of surfaces, a mediation of one reality by a new (un)reality. Often the registration of these layers becomes askew. The new lens through which we view our world doesn’t always line up perfectly with what we are seeing, it doesn’t completely mask the inherently human nature of our existence. We end up with an impossibly enhanced reality deep in the uncanny valley, a contradictory slip.
The slippage of realities, of surfaces, of interface, is the locus of this investigation into technology, and a theme which ties it to other more formal sculptural works in the show. A slippage of human perception vs a slippage of manufactured technological perception.
To slide, that is to ‘move smoothly along a surface while maintaining continuous contact with it’, is to perceive something from a position of flux.
Traditionally, as human thought developed, our perception would slide across a somewhat static natural reality. But now, as technology progressively develops, that new constantly changing reality is also sliding across us.
This fluid perspective, especially when dealing with familiar or recognisable objects, is at the core of Arnot’s work.