Barclay's practice explores our now ubiquitous encounters with technology: the desire for connectivity and immersion with systems that promise both convenience and transcendence, and the messy physicality of the hardware that enables those encounters. Often incorporating bespoke electronics, video installation, old and new lighting technologies, plastics, paint, liquids and mist, her work investigates the disconnection between our abstract idea of computer systems and their reality – while the exterior is sleek and streamlined the backend is complex - unfathomable to the untrained eye.
The viewer will traverse the exhibition on a guided trajectory, encountering video installation, electronics, looped sound and a new suspended tank work in which projected figures appear to emerge from the swirling mist.
The exhibition opening will be made all the more celebratory with the work The Woozy Jacuzzi, a bubbling, illuminated cocktail which, when distributed amongst the audience, forms a participatory durational light installation.
The exhibition is accompanied by a schools program and a performance lecture by the artist.
Opening: Tuesday 4 October, 6 - 8 pm