No Time For Hysteria
BURREN COLLEGE OF ART | 6 – 28 March 2015 | Preview 5 March 7pm
David Callan | Aoibheann de Brún | David Finn | Róisín Foley | Sean Guinan | Austin D.H. Ivers Breda Lynch | Eimear Jean McCormack | Cormac O’Neill | Kristian Smith | Louise Spokes Rebecca Strain | Gianna Tomasso
The works selected for this exhibition reveal a recurring engagement with mid - late 20th Century popular culture reflections on social anxiety. The works collectively develop a sense of foreboding mitigated by black humour, much like the documentary that inspired the title of the show The Atomic Cafe*.
The Atomic Cafe was a documentary created from a braod range of 1940s, 50s and 60s archival media footage and US government issued propaganda films which were designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. The film offers a glimpse into an era rife with paranoia, anxiety and misapprehension and illuminates with black humour, the often comic paradoxes of life in the Atomic Age with a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent time.
References to Doctor Strangelove (Kubrick), WarGames (Badham), Lost Highway (Lynch) and allusions to sci-fi through several works that engage with mutation or dystopias feature in No Time For Hysteria. More than just a re-appropriation of the simulacra of a bygone hysteria, many of the works in this exhibition use the potent visual images of a distinct historical period to point to enduring concerns about our increasingly complex technological relationship with our world and the tactics of sublimation we employ in defence of this.
* 1982, Loader, Rafferty and Rafferty (Dir) US, 98 mins.
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