Lunchtime Talk: Grace Weir
Wednesday July 11, 1.15pm
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College

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In this lunchtime talk, artist Grace Weir will talk on her contribution to A Visibility Matrix, the exhibition initiated by Dublin-based artists Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne installed in Gallery 1 from June 7 to August 25, 2018. Read more about A Visibility Matrix here.

For her contribution to A Visibility Matrix, Weir chose her 2015 video work Black Square. The work takes a documentary approach to the making of an image of the black hole that lies in the exact centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. Black Square documents the artist and the film crew as they journey across the Atacama Desert in Chile to the telescopes at the top of Cerro Paranal, where an astronomy team from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is at work, observing the galactic centre. 

The determined trajectory of the film dissolves into limitations, both physical and conceptual, exploring the dynamic between what can be understood and what cannot, a mobile threshold where intuition meets calculation. Reaching the limits of the resolution of the telescope, the film ends with the crew and astronomers staring at the black pixel on a screen that contains the black hole, a place where the digital and the physical realm overlap and intersect at their boundaries.

Grace Weir is an Irish artist working primarily in the moving image and installation. Weir is concerned with aligning a lived experience of the world with conceptual knowledge and theory. Interested in the moment of definition or resolution, her work explores the dynamic of practice and representation at the levels where issues of identity and temporality coincide. One particular area of Weir’s work is her unique approach to research, based on a series of conversations and experiments with scientists, philosophers and practitioners from other disciplines. Focusing on the slippages between the conceptual and experiential in different fields of enquiry, Weir probes the nature of a fixed identity and these questions are underpinned by the theories under her scrutiny, whether it is relativity, intentionality, the duality of light or philosophies of time, film and the history of art. Creating a dialogue between the conceptual nature of her ideas and the ways in which thinking is material, the works frequently refer to the act of making and the mediums in which they are made, including where time itself forms the work. The resulting work ranges from structural cinematic works and installations to experimental videos, lecture-performances and web projects.

Weir represented Ireland at the 49th International Venice Biennale and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. She was recently Artist-in-Residence in the School Of Physics, Trinity College Dublin and showed in a solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2015-2016.

Image: Still from Black Square, 2015, courtesy of the artist.