21 July - 26 August 2017
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While the boundaries between the real and artificial rapidly collide, and early science-fiction inventions are no longer stories on a page but aspects of our reality, this exhibition presents photographic and videoworks caught between the predictive past and imagined future.
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Assembling works from artists Simon Del Favero, Vincent Fournier, David Greenhalgh, Petrina Hicks, David Manley, Soda_Jerk and Garry Trinh, Synthetic invites the viewer to consider our relation to and understanding of technology, time and the natural world.
Emanating from a visual synthesis with ideas and aesthetics associated with sci-fi, cybernetics and hauntology, the images in Synthetic are a combination of different propositions allowing the viewer to consider the power of the photographic image to envisage what Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein called ‘future history’, a not so fictitious narrative history of our future.
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- Vincent Fournier, from Post Natural History (Archeology of the Future), 2016
- Soda_Jerk, The Phoenix Portal, still from video, 2005
- Simon Del Favero, Empty Shop Front from Liminal, 2015
- Petrina Hicks, Lauren (eyes open), 2003. Courtesy Andreas Wiessner and Christian Wichura
- David Manley, Post Traumatic Urbanist 1, 2017
- David Greenhalgh, Standing on the Outside, Looking Out, still from video
- Garry Trinh, 26 Tavistock Street from the series Giant Bonsaï, 2007
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The work Post Natural History (Archeology of the Future) by Vincent Fournier is presented in partnership with Perth Centre for Photography and has been produced with the support of Institut Français, Ambassade de France en Australie, PCP and the Department of Culture and the Arts, Government of Western Australia.
With thanks to Galerie pompom, Sydney and Stills Gallery, Sydney.