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Pendrell, Luke, 2015, Show, Exhibition or Event, Ghost Light: Ignis Fatuus

Abstract or Description:

“Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one. Détournement is the opposite of quotation...” 1

"The 21st century is perhaps best captured in the ‘bad’ infinity of the animated GIF, with its stuttering, frustrated temporality, its eerie sense of being caught in a time-trap.” (Fisher)
‘The flat eclecticism of the New Aesthetic and the Post-Internet generation—an endlessly multifarious universe that comes prequantified into discrete and isomorphic tumblr thumbnails.’ 2

Ignis Fatuus conjures ghostly echoes and disturbing undercurrents in contemporary life, a dark parallax to the perception of social media as a benign creative space of opportunity and friendship.
Text is collaged with a staccato montage of subliminal images and cinematic fragments; the hyper-detritus of consumer capitalism over scored with an unsettling soundtrack of glitch and rupture.
The ghost, rather than supernatural relic of a primitive age, is an increasingly prevalent aspect of the modern world. Immateriality and spectrality are axiomatic to the digital realms we inhabit. Life has become an immense accumulation of ghosts. Everything that was once directly lived is now haunted by itself.

1The Society of the Spectacle, Debord, G, 1967
2Speculative Aesthetics, (Mackay, Pendrell and Trafford), 2014

Ignis Fatuus was developed as part of the 'Haunters and the Haunted' segment of Speculative Tate series at Tate Britain.
tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/eventseries/speculative-tate
tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/talks-and-lectures/haunters-and-haunted

First screened in the UK at Late at Tate Britain in the Clore auditorium on May 1st 2015 as part of the 'DISRUPT' evening in the SPECULATE series.
tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/performance-and-music/late-tate-may-2015

First shown in the US as part of the 'Co-locating the Material and the Immaterial' panel at
&Now 2015: Blast Radius! at CalArts, Los Angeles on March 27th 2015.
andnow2015a.sched.org/event/fd54944b9fb94cc40d4827066eae52b0#.VUj3R2RViko

Ghost light was screened in Canada in July 2015 as part of ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art isea2015.org/schedule/ from the 9th to the 18th of August, in the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver.

Official URL: https://isea2015.org/
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
School or Centre: School of Communication
Copyright Holders: Luke Pendrell
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 16:34
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 16:34
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3906

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