WAFER; Wired Art For Ears and Retinas

Curated by Paul Hallahan and Joe Harney

SOMA Contemporary, Waterford City presents “WAFER; Wired Art For Ears and Retinas” – a celebration of contemporary electronic and experimental Art.

July 9th – 24th, 2010.

SOMA Contemporary Art Box announces “WAFER” an exhibition spotlighting the role of contemporary arts against the backdrop of electronic and technological culture – specifically for installation at SOMA. Opening reception will be held Friday July 9th at 7:00 pm.

The Festival, a first of its kind in Waterford, celebrates the extraordinary creative production and cultural influence of technological culture. Participating group, “Time’s Up – Laboratory for the Construction of Experimental Situations” undertakes applied research in the behaviour of the individual. From their workshops in Linz, Austria, the group organises situations that disturb the nature of a given everyday situation. The process of removing the person from the realm of the everyday, in theatrical work known as the suspension of disbelief, and placing them in environments that are real yet unreal, allows the investigation of personal and interpersonal behaviour. For further information on their practice, please visit: www.timesup.org. In the process of pervading spaces and staging experiments in interesting and unconventional physical settings, Time’s Up have consistently displayed extraordinary imagination, and are internationally renowned, having participated in events from Stockholm to Sydney to Shanghai.

Renowned Irish sound art practitioners, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling are also participating. Their work balances on the verge of ambient, noise, voice collage, and intersects with the minimal end of the avant-garde. Bernard Clarke, presenter of the NOVA music show on RTÉ lyric fm, will be coordinating interactive sound posts for the duration of the show. This landmark exhibition illuminates a turning point in the development of the Visual Arts in Waterford.

With the help of friends and Waterford City Council, SOMA has become a major community resource and a vibrant new venue for the arts in Waterford, offering a wealth of exhibitions and events. “WAFER” underscores the ongoing success and innovation of SOMA Contemporary Art Box, providing a setting for artistic and creative encounters with cultural phenomena that are the upshot of social change. This exhibition was made possible by Waterford City Council, The Austrian Embassy, Enterprise Ireland’s Waterford Office, Sun Life Financial, Next Door at The Granville, and The Fitzwilton Hotel.

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