Exhibition Title: Something to do with Multiphrenia
Artists: Kirsty Bruce, Sharon Goodwin, Talitha Kennedy, Jonathan McBurnie and Paul Williams
Curated by Jonathan McBurnie
Dates: Wednesday, 23 September–Saturday, 3 October 2015
Closing Event: Friday, 2 October 2015, 5:00pm–8:00pm
Venue: PROJECT Gallery, QCA, 226 Grey Street, South Bank
Gallery Hours: 10:00am–4:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday
About: This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium 2015, and curated by Jonathan McBurnie.
Kenneth Gergen’s “The Saturated Self” (1991) proposed that technological developments have exposed the individual to multiple ways of life, immersing the individual in an extended world of criteria for social acceptability. This results in the disintegration of the single, coherent self, which is replaced by a fragmented sense of self. Gergen used multiphrenia to refer to the individual’s conflicted experiences of values, ideals and motives. Not only does this leave one unable to make decisions, it also generates a sense of pervasive inadequacy and a deep suspicion of rational thought. The five artists of the exhibition reach through and beyond this social condition to create works that obscure the self through a variety of responses, including satire, narrative, abstraction and repetition, allowing them to rearrange their own definitive response to the seemingly endless possibilities of technology.
Image credit: details from Jonathan McBurnie and Talitha Kennedy