JAMES GERAGHTY (SA) - READYMAKERS
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 4th May
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 5th May 2016 - 21st May 2016
James Geraghty explores the idea that everyday machines are capable of generating artistic expressions through their native function. Acting as curator he employs these devices as artists, enabling them to create their own particular works across a range of disciplines.
Marcel Duchamp took ordinary manufactured objects and designated them as art, creating works which came to be known as ‘readymades’. In a similar gesture, Readymakers attempts to further elevate similar objects to the role of artist, allowing them to produce artefacts and performances which are an enunciation of their native function.
Bruno Latour describes the series of mechanisms responsible for closing a door (hinge, spring and piston) as nonhuman ‘actants’, delegated their roles as a substitute for the unreliable human doorkeeper. Likewise, theReadymakers act as a replacement for the unreliable human artist.
With the role of artist occupied by the artworks themselves, Geraghty must skirt redundancy by performing as curator; arranging works, compiling statements and attributing the Readymakers.