Swimming with Dolphins - Chris Handran

Opening - 12:00 AM - Wednesday, 12th of March

Artist Talk - 6:00 PM

Running - 12 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014

Swimming with dolphins playfully distorts the rubrics of immersion, sensation and the emphasis on 'being-there' that typifies both natural wonder and immersive installation practice. Comprising a video work and a semi-sculptural apparatus dubbed the 'small-room immersion device,' both the video imagery and its projection in the space play upon the experiential logics of submersion and spectacle.

The exhibition continues Handran's interest in interrogating the role of the apparatus in the experience of contemporary media such as video, film and photography. His work foregrounds these technologies as both generators and mediators of experience. His installations construct a 'dialectical viewing experience,' in which the viewer's attention is split between viewing an apparatus and perceiving its effects. In this way, Swimming with dolphins seeks to create a spectacle that playfully subverts its own spectacular nature.

Christopher Handran is a Brisbane-based artist who recently completed a Master of Arts (Research) at the Queensland University of Technology. He has exhibited regularly both in Australia and overseas, including solo exhibitions at Blindside ARI, Melbourne (upcoming), The Block, Brisbane (2013) and ScreenSpace, Melbourne (2012), and group exhibitions at SkulpturenMuseum Glaskarten Marl, Germany (2013), ExUrban Screens, Melbourne (2012) and Format Festival, Derby, UK (2011).