The animation video, “Drifting to access” created for the Biennale of Contemporary Art 2019, Universal Data at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary art, Alita/ Byblos, Lebanon.
Many thanks to the curator, Sarah Schaub for selecting me as well as the team at MACAM.
It was great collaborating with my friend and wonderful editor Pierre Laba Sakis again after our working together for the commissioned work, ‘Dream of Ghosts for the Cowra Regional Gallery in 2017. https://vimeo.com/237668169
In the work I am focusing on the concept of human rights, migration and the digital universe. Juxtaposed with this will be how connectivity via mobile phones, (text and camera) and humans seeking asylum have altered the space and conversation of the human move- ment.
French philosopher Michel Foucault’s 1967 essay “Des espaces Autres” (Of another Space) maintains we cannot “disregard the fatal intersection with time and space” (Foucault 1986:22) and that we are in the epoch of space, simultaneity, and juxtaposition, near and far, side by side and of the dispersed. He discusses utopias as sites with no place, without home and no relation to society and as places without reality. In contrast heterotopias are real places found within cultures and the site in between these is like a mirror.
The proposed video will use film, music and animation will create a digital space investiga- ting the potential of connectivity to connect globally, to mobilise and make empathy, kno- wledge and highlight circumstances of human rights violations.
Gericault’s famous nineteenth-century painting The Raft of the Medusa (1819) has been a prime historic and social reference point for me.
Concept and artworks: Stephen Copland Editing: Pierre Laba Sakis