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"Finola Jones: Artficially Reconstructed Habitats"
2004-08-13 until 2004-09-25
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House
Artificially Reconstructed Habitats is a 22-channel video and sound installation. It is the biggest ‘non living’ project Irish artist Finola Jones has worked on to date. The project involves video footage shot in various locations around the world in the period early 2003-2004, including Rome, New York, Berlin, London, Canberra and Sydney. Artificially Reconstructed Habitats Gorman House Arts Centre in Braddon, Australia runs through September 25.
It anthropomorphically looks at animal behaviour in unwilling confinement and human behaviour in willing confinement. The works are edited into the greater structure of mini-epics, or decontextualised fragments from within a greater narrative. The essence of this project is the collation of separate chapters of this visual novel and the possible writing of a conclusion.
The overall installation will not only attempt to look at contemporary life in various modern working cities, but also acts as a referent to the exterior, and interior existence in the simultaneously humdrum and exalted business of day to day living. The work looks from the particular to the universal. The films observe very ordinary moments which when ‘ re-seen’ become extraordinary and comment both on the life experiences that engulf the participants and viewers forming a discursive bond. The quality of noticing in these works intends to focus upon the extraordinary also becoming ordinary through habitual or circular usage and routine.