Actions and Detail Panel
Precarity | a video installation by Mieke Bal & Michelle Williams Gamaker
Precarity, a video installation by internationally known cultural theorist, critic, and video artist Mieke Bal & video artist Michelle Williams Gamaker, will be presented at the Arts Technology Research Lab in Pearse St (between Macken Street and Grand Canal) from the 8th to 10th April 2016. Precarity focuses on the precarious economic situation. The five-screen installation puts forward different contexts of precarity in today’s global society. Everything, from health to relationships to labour rights and human rights as well as economic survival is precarious. The installation attempts to bind these areas together in their audio-visibility.
Based on Flaubert’s prophetic novel Madame Bovary from 1856, the five screens show the precariousness of an adult life beginning; the world that seduces her into risking what she has and craving for what she doesn’t; and when, grasping at last straws, she takes more and more dangerous turns, and thus, inevitably, she ends in misery, both economically, psychically, and physically.
Mieke Bal is an internationally known cultural theorist, critic, and video artist. Her many books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness (on abstraction) and Thinking in Film (on video installation), both 2013, Of What One Cannot Speak (2010, on sculpture) and A Mieke Bal Reader (2006). Her experimental video documentaries on issues of migration and identity have been internationally exhibited.
We have a limited number of tickets places available and so we advise to book the tickets early to avoid disappointment!