Echo Chambers

Dale, Nicola (2021) Echo Chambers. [Artefact]

Abstract

‘Echo Chambers’ is a short digital animation (with audio by John Unwin) in which the artist’s head, seemingly impaled on a spike, is gradually tapped into the ground by an invisible force. Research process: The work reflects the artist’s longstanding interest in the physical effects of ideology – in this case, visualising the notion of the ‘echo chamber’ (social or political polarisation) as a violence upon the body – as well as a continuing interest in where performance might be hosted. It is part of an on-going collaboration with Prof. Adam Smyth exploring the visualisation of a grangerised edition of Ovid’s Art of Love (1813). Research insights: The work extended the artist’s practical knowledge through this first time use of animation, as well as exploring an alternative mode of performance through which movement was established via the editing process, rather than physical movement. Dissemination: The work was commissioned and exhibited as part of the group exhibition ‘Remote Work’ at The Grundy, Blackpool, 27 March – 19 June 2021. It has been acquired for The Grundy’s collection.

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