nowhere nothing, video documentation of live slide-projection. Exhibited as part of Virtual Signalling, an online exhibition commissioned for Blindside ARI, July 2021. Curation and exhibition text by Karl Halliday. Artists: Cameron Hurst, NWEB, Zoe Bastin and Lucy Foster.
Bringing together the perspectives of practitioners whose work spans a diversity of attitudes and forms, VIRTUAL SIGNALLING ponders the conditions, challenges and possibilities of cultural production in the virtual arena at a moment when the margins separating IRL and URL have never been more indistinct.
For experimental lens-based artist Lucy Foster, the digital impulse reflects a broader existential pursuit of using technology to overcome the mortality of the body through the creation, dissemination and archiving of digital traces. nowhere nothing is the video record of a live event in which the artist projected digitally compressed images of ambiguous text via an analogue slide carousel. Here, Foster poetically equates the entropy of the physical body with that of the digital file, proposing that, whether composed of cells or pixels, both are subject to decay. In nowhere nothing, the concept of ‘translation’ becomes literal. Just as digitalisation transcodes image into text, a process that is itself a form of writing, Foster in turn converts text into image to create a work caught in a coil of categorical uncertainty.
Order of Imagery
1. Video Documentation of 'nowhere nothing', live performance of slide projection, Peel St Collingwood, 2021, 3:04 minutes.
2. Photo Documentation of 'nowhere nothing', live performance of slide projection, Peel St Collingwood, 2021.
© Lucy Foster. Operating in Naarm (Melbourne), on unceded land belonging to the people of the Kulin nation