Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition

Irresistible Drift

Peter Evers - 29 October to 23 December 2015

Image courtesy of Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen

Image courtesy of Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen

Peter Evers' work explores the (de)construction of identity in a digital age. His work is underpinned by concerns about the exponential growth of technology and its dominant and uncontrollable influence over human identity. The work treads the line between the authentic and the virtual, the real and the representational. 

Evers’ most recent work, Irresistible Drift has appropriated video and motion capture sequences from the Perceiving Systems department at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen where human subjects have been monitored and filmed as they move about a space.  There are two stages to the installation at Belfast Exposed; the first film shows a human ‘subject’ attached to a myriad of sensors against a green screen backdrop. In the film the subject moves, dances, and jumps up and down providing an unsettling and dispassionate performance. He has been reduced to a puppet in this technological transaction where his every movement is recorded for research. In the second film we see how this research might be cultivated to better simulate ‘real’ human movement in digital form.

By interrogating the most advanced processes of image/ identity making within the digital sphere, Evers interrupts the notion that there is a linear and inevitable trajectory of technological ‘progress’. Instead he invites the viewer to pause and re-consider their relationship to these rapid and uncontrollable advances in technology.     

Peter Evers (1973) gained an MFA in Photography from Ulster University, Belfast 2014. He is based in Dublin where he lectures in Visual Communications. Recent groups shows include Gallery of Photography (Dublin) & PS2 (Belfast).

To accompany this exhibition we have produced a limited edition A2 poster print available to buy at £25. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.

Acknowledgements

All video materials provided by Perceiving Systems research group at The Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen. Digital Editing by Dave Head. This exhibition is generously supported by Foyle Foundation, The Directory & Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six early career artists a year in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers. 

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation,  Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.