A VOODOO FREE PHENOMENON
(Photographic documentation by Shane Mc Carthy)
.all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae was a group exhibition curated by French artist Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 29 November to 18 February, 2007. More than twenty artists, writers and thinkers were invited to participate in this project that focused on the notion of ‘process’. Parreno’s approach was to go beyond the real/physical space of the museum and as a part of this process Garrett Phelan has been invited and entrusted by the curators to close this exhibition with his project Trusted Servant.
On the 19th February, 2007 (the gallery closing date of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae), Phelan uploaded the video performance work entitled Trusted Servant, 2007 onto YouTube, a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips - a sub-cultural web endemic that has quickly become an unregulated virtual institution.
Primarily known for radio, video, drawing and alternative projects, in this instance Phelan becomes the gatekeeper of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae. Trusted Servant documents an automated and manic performance of Phelan repeating pre-recorded broadcasts from his MP3 player, which have been compiled and edited from media sources – shortwave and longwave radio, cable link, newspaper articles and webcasts.
His working standpoint, calls into question the mainstream methods of endless ingestion of information and communication that influence the formations of our opinions in this ‘don’t stop age’. The removal of Trusted Servant from YouTube at Phelan’s conceptual discretion will mark the official end of .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae.
To view Trusted Servant please go to http://www.youtube.com/trustedservant
Trusted Servant also functions as part of Phelan’s current exploration into the Formation of Opinion (2003_ ongoing). This work is the final part of a first phase entitled Reception of information, which includes the three drawing projects NOW: HERE, 2003, LUNG LOVE, 2004, GOD ONLY KNOWS, 2005 and a month long artwork entitled Black Brain Radio, 2006, an independent FM/online radio station. Philippe Parreno’s .all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae catalogue text After Affects proposes a similar style of communication as technology, as an amalgamation of hidden, coded, obscure, specialized languages, that inscribe all forms of transmission.
.all Hawaii eNtrees/luNar reGGae includes: Bas Jan Ader, Doug Aitken, Carles Congost, Keren Cytter, Thomas Demand, Cory Doctorow, Peter Fischli/ David Weiss, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Sarah Morris, Grant Morrison, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Paola Pivi, Eva Rothschild, Anri Sala, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Kurt Vonnegut, Cerith Wyn Evans, with lectures by Shumon Basar and David Deutsch.
For more information on 'Formation of Opinion' go to www.garrettphelan.com/foo.htm © Garrett Phelan.
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