Runes or Rhubarb | Damian Magee at Platform Arts

3 to 26 August
Opening, Late Night Art Belfast, 3 August 6pm

Predicated on durational explorations of subject matter drawn from everyday life, Damian Magee’s practice employs cyclical, repetitive and cumulative strategies as a means of critical engagement.

This exhibition continues Magee’s experiments with a unique transcript of a truncated story voiced by a Northern Irish man. Originally a spoken word recording, the phonetic construction of the text resists any clear narrative, instead it details fragmented words and sentences while articulating the local dialect of the narrator. This content has been the focus of some investigations into the complex malleability of language, particularly its social developments in relation to digital technology.

By employing various online search tools to examine the text, a catalogue of pictorial and textual data accumulate to provide the basis for alternative constructions of the transcript. These various manifestations present a springboard to wider examinations of the plurality of language, and the implications and influence of screen time on verbal and written forms of expression.

Gallery 2
Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301