Image: Gilbert Bel–Bachir Untitled, Sydney 2010 Fujiflex print 38 x 38 cm
Courtesy the artist
It is possible to trace a history of modern art, from JMW Turner to Gerhard Richter and beyond, in terms of successive generations of artists’ responses to the effects of speed. The acceleration of modern life has been a function of technological development, as the urbanist
Paul Virilio pointed out, with social, cultural, political and ecological consequences which tend to pass largely unexamined and unchallenged.
This exhibition curated by Terence Maloon brings together paintings by Robert Boynes, Jon Cattapan and Derek O’Connor, video installations by Merilyn Fairskye and the British duo Semiconductor, and photographs by Gilbert Bel-Bachir, which prompt reflection on technology and the phenomena of speed.
The exhibition coincides with an international physics conference being held at the ANU.
The Australian Institute of Physics Congress has partly sponsored the exhibition.
Gilbert Bel-Bachir, Through the looking glass 2008-2011, one of a series of 25 photographs, 38 x 38 cm. Courtesy the artist.