DUBLIN, 14 June 2006—Curated by Regina Gleeson Better Than the Real Thing?
is an exhibition-in-progress that enables endless
reinterpretation of ideas by sidestepping the creative limitations of copyright.
On view in Dublin's Four gallery until 22 July as well as
online, each of four original artworks by Saoirse Higgins & Simon Schiessl, Enda O'Donoghue,
Martin Shannon and Jürgen Simpson explores separate aspects of reproduction
and re-telling of a story and each work discloses different information about
the mark of authenticity in art of the present day.
Saoirse Higgins & Simon Schiessl's interactive media installation,
Mechanism No. 1: War, draws inspiration from the re-telling of
war in the news media and unsettles the passive absorption of the images
of war as the backing track to our lives.
Enda O'Donoghue's Gone 410 painting is involved with the
translations of images from one circumstance to another while Martin
Shannon's photographic image, Self-portrait as Amanda Coogan as David
with Cattle lightens the weight of art historical iconography.
Similar to Shannon's dialogue across five centuries of art history, Jürgen
Simpson's installation takes its point of departure from music of the
sixteenth century. His work deconstructs the musical spectrum of a piece
of sixteenth century music only to reconstruct it as a new work in a new
context—the soundscape of twentieth century cartoons.
Visitors can view the artwork in the gallery or online. They are also
invited to use camera, camera-phone, minidisk recorder, video camera,
sketchbook or other recording devices to make a record of any or all of
these works of art. Re-interpretation of these un-copyrighted works as
well as other subsequent re-interpretations from other artists can be
submitted to Four and the exhibition web site. These second, third and
fourth generation works will be exhibited in digital format on www.betterthantherealthing.info
and in Four gallery. Check web site for further details.
11 Burgh Quay
Tel: (353) (0)86 365 12 56
Saoirse Higgins & Simon Schiessl
Mechanism No. 1:
Interactive installation, 2003
Photo courtesy of Four