We have arrived at the lovely Oriel Myrddin Gallery, in Carmarthen, Wales. Today marked the first install day, lots of ironing out of creases, opening up works and letting them settle, and letting ourselves get a feel for how to relate everything to the space and to each other.
We’ve been reflecting upon the motivations behind Difference Engine and marveling at the fact that this is our 7th show together! Conversations among the group this evening wondered about technology and the seeming magic of it; conversely, the frustration of slide carousels never working when you’re looking at them; whether we are sharing our work with an audience or a public, whether the distinction matters, and whether we ought to make an audit of this whole ‘touring autonomous artist-led curation’ and try to demonstrate more plainly the in’s and out’s of funding without getting personal about it…
…considerations on cheese and bread and tea, on soccer and the beauty of the welsh accent were also made today. But now, it’s time for sleep!
Difference Engine: Accumulator II
Oriel Myrddin Gallery
23 February – 23 March 2013
“Jamming is a form of error detection” Charles Babbage
Difference Engine is an evolving touring exhibition by artists Mark Cullen, Gillian Lawler, Wendy Judge and Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung.
It takes the first computer, engineered by Charles Babbage, as its namesake; Difference Engine.
Accumulator II re-orders the exhibition space as a place for the visitor to engage with time, language, mythology and architecture. Within this space the outside ‘order’ of the world is declared critically problematic; systems become subject to examination, reinvention, re-presentation. Tentative projections of the future are suggested – and anxieties are released.
The visitor is greeted by the ANNEX – a compilation of objects, papers, sounds and visions, accumulated over time by the multi-dimensional character of Difference Engine.
Saturday 23 February 2013
Gallery talk by Ciara Healy at 4pm
followed by drinks reception in the gallery
Evening continues at the The Tangled Parrot from
7.30pm with up-and-coming folk/electronica band
Trwbador and support.