Elaine Hoey
Stranger than Fiction is Fact


Friday October 20th
GOMA

Admission : Free

Stranger than Fiction is Fact is an interactive, virtual reality- based (VR) installation which utilises technology to disrupt and destabilise the viewer's navigation and understanding of elements of our current political mediascape. This work investigates the idea of fiction as a new reality, drawing parallels between technological, mediated and political systems, proposing new ways of how we might negotiate this uncertain terrain.

While preforming this work the viewer can freely navigate four separate narratives, The Narcissist, The Wall, The Conspiracy and The Girl. These narratives examine how the filter bubble effect has aided in the generation of political conspiracy theories, cast doubt over the existence of the 7 year old Appello Syrian girl Bana al-Abed, helped elect Donald Trump as President of the USA and facilitated the extreme polarisation of political ideologies.

Elaine Hoey creates interactive based installations, appropriating contemporary digital art practises and aesthetics to explore the politics of digital humanity and our evolving relationship with the screen. Hoey’s work mainly focuses on the intersection between the media, technology and politics. As we become increasingly digitally dependant, her work reminds us of the political stakes, not only of the images the media revels, but in the way our eyes and bodies encounter them. Utilising virtual reality technology she investigates immersing the viewer in performative and often uncomfortable roles within her digitally constructed worlds exploring the potential of mediated presence as an experience capable of challenging perceptions of the virtual and the real.

Elaine Hoey works mainly creating interactive based installations, appropriating contemporary digital art practises and aesthetics to explore the politics of digital humanity and our evolving relationship with the screen. Hoey’s work mainly focuses on the intersection between the media, technology and politics. As we become increasingly digitally dependant, her work reminds us of the political stakes, not only of the images the media revels, but in the way our eyes, and bodies encounter them. Utilising virtual reality technology she investigates immersing the viewer in performative and often uncomfortable roles within her digitally constructed worlds exploring the potential of mediated presence as an experience capable of challenging perceptions of the virtual and the real.

Elaine Hoey is at a very early stage in her artistic career having just recently completed a MFA in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design in June 2017. In 2016 Hoey won the RDS Taylor Art Award for her virtual reality work the Weight of Water. She has shown this work at the RDS Visual Arts Exhibition, also as part of a jointly curated exhibition by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC) and Dublin Science Gallery titled Design and Violence and as part of the Futures exhibition at the RHA. Other recent exhibitions included Blueprint for a Virtual Nomad a virtual reality installation at This is not Architecture at the Highlanes in Drogheda (April 2017) and Stranger Than Fiction Is Fact at MFA Graduate Exhibition NCAD (June 2017).


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