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Live Stage: WalkSpace Beirut-Venice

WalkSpace: Beirut-Venice with artist Conor McGarrigle :: June 2-3, 2011; 12:00 – 2:30 pm :: Venice (Piazza San Marco) and Beirut (to be announced later) :: Part of THESTATEOFMIND @ the Lebanese Pavilion, Venice Biennale.

WalkSpace: Beirut-Venice invites the participant on a drift through Venice guided from Beirut and in Beirut guided from Venice. The work involves two simultaneous dérives through the historic cities of Beirut and Venice, connected in real time to each other and to the world. Two interconnected groups of participants will walk in each city, each receiving instruction and guidance from the other as they wander, get lost and explore …the psychogeographical ambiance of the city. The progress of each group will be broadcast as a live video stream via Bambuser, tracked in realtime on a map with Google latitude and tweeted, with followers having the option of giving instructions via Twitter.

The object is not to create a finite discrete work but to create a peripatetic relational space which can evolve and respond to the situation, the desires of its participants and serendipity, with the work being created through the actions of its participants. The space is furthermore overlaid with a hybrid, networked space connecting both cities and augmenting each space with the absent presence of the other.

Working from a changing set of basic instructions such as ’describe what you see’, ‘follow that person’, ‘take the next left and then thefirst right’ or the more loaded ‘take me to the heart of the city’ the two groups will walk in tandem each guiding the other, walking in Beirut as if in Venice and Venice as if in Beirut.

The project draws on early dérives carried out by the Situationists in Amsterdam and Strasbourg which connected groups in different parts ofthe cities with walkie talkies and Ralph Rumney’s 1957 Psychogeographical Map of Venice.

About the artist

Conor McGarrigle is a Dublin based new media artist and researcher working at the intersection of digital networks and real space. His work is concerned with the the integration of digital technologies into the everyday and the spatial implications of location aware mobile devices. His work involves urban interventions mediated through digital technologies such as smartphones and GPS and projects have involved, mapping, iPhone apps, augmented reality and guerilla video projection. Recent projects include; NAMAland (2010), WalkSpace (2010) and JoyceWalks (2008-).He has exhibited widely internationally and was an invited participant in the Documenta 12 Magazine project.

He received a Bsc from University College Dublin, an MFA from the National College of Art & Design and is currently a PhD candidate at GradCAM Dublin. He has spoken internationally at conferences including Digital Art & Culture 2009, DRHA 2010 & 2011, ISEA 2009 & 2011, Art of Research Chelsea (2008), 5th Symposium on Multimedia Caixa Forum (2005), SIGGRAPH (1999, 2000).

His work has been widely exhibited internationally including the Unrealised Potential touring exhibition, St. Etienne Biennale, FILE Sao Paolo, SIGGRAPH, Fundacio ‘La Caixa‚Äô Barcelona, Fundacio Miro Mallorca, Media Art Friesland, the Seoul Net Festival, Art on the Net Tokyo, The Werkleitz Biennale, Stuttgart Filmwinter, D/Art Sydney, CyNet Art Dresden, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, The Boston Cyber Arts Festival, the Thailand New Media Arts Festival, Lightwave at the Science Gallery Dublin, EV+A Limerick, Arthouse Dublin, The City Arts Centre Dublin and the Project. He was an invited participant in the Documenta 12 Magazine project.


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