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Straylight- St. Michael & Johns Church
Al & Al
Opening Friday, June 23rd, 6.00 - 7.30pm
Exhibition continues June 24th - 8th July
ARTIST TALK with Straylight Curator Mark Cullen, Pallas Studios, Saturday 24th June, Filmbase, 5pm.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2001, AL and AL have embarked on a journey into the mysterious heart of technology. Building their own blue screen special effects studio in the east end of London, AL and AL have substituted reality with a computer generated simulation. From this blue screen void AL and AL probe the infinite possibilities this technology offers and investigate the political, psycho, sexual and mystical consequences of this seduction. AL and AL perform all the characters, program all the computer simulations and create all of the sound in order for the works to contain an authorship which no other computer generated moving image desires to acquire. AL and AL occupy an innovative space in the development of this new form and how it may be applied to the language of contemporary Fine Art.
For Straylight Al and Al will be showing their installation ‘Perpetual Motion In the Land of Milk and Honey’ that takes as its theme their granddads quest for the holy grail of engineering, which was motivated by a socialist dream to supply free power to the people. Appropriating the gait of Britney Spears in her Toxic music video, Al and Al weave together the conflicts, which ignited their granddad’s project into a formal examination of the spectacle of capitalism.
AL and AL have received numerous awards from the Arts Council England, Channel Four TV, Film London, ACAVA & ACME. www.alandal.co.uk
Al and Al are presented by the Darklight Festival in partnership with the British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation. The British Council seeks to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements through our work in arts, science, governance and society. www.britishcouncil.org/ireland