Every Act of Reading Performs the Work
A virtual world entered via a number of unfamiliar portals.
A project in collaboration with: Agatha Gothe-Snape
"[A]n ocean of text is presented by Agatha Gothe-Snape as a virtual-reality environment made in collaboration with Andrew Burrell and devised as a conceptual response to being invited to participate in all three iterations of The National to date – to somehow forge connections across the sites and historical moments of the exhibitions. A green Corten-steel base supports a large vertical LED screen, acting as a portal into the artists’ virtual world. Placed adjacent to the entrance to the main gallery it literally becomes a doorway into both the exhibition and the artists’ imaginations. Fragments of handwritten black text morph within white digital space. Gothe-Snape performs remotely, appearing at Carriageworks as an avatar, a green blob, on the screen. The performance is an incantation, a dream, an apparition – a summoning of recollected thoughts and utterances. When Gothe-Snape is not activating the work, it is motored by a daemon. Textual fragments undulate, giving a sense we are swimming through words. If this universe was a body, we would be right inside the artists’ heads." Abigail Moncrieff, The National, 2021
See also: The National 2021 Catalogue entry