simultaneous invalidations_second attempt

et al.2001

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland, New Zealand

In simultaneous invalidations_third attempt, shown at Auckland Art Gallery in 2011, a group of tables are in disarray. Leaning wildly one way and another, their legs akimbo, they are contorted by an unknown energy. Speakers attached to the tabletops alert you to the presence of a force in the room by emitting a drone of electronic noise. The scene is of a basement where a mysterious experiment is being conducted. Et al.’s laboratory uses mundane furniture and devices as mediums to draw out an alternate atmospheric condition. The artists’ experiment with unseen forces alludes to Victorian-era investigations of psychic phenomena and also the more general but persistent desire to pin down elusive ideas, people and places as scientific facts. The critical philosophical question remains: Having brought science to bear on the unknown, are we any closer to an understanding of it?

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  • Title: simultaneous invalidations_second attempt
  • Creator: et al.
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Artist biography: Et al. is a collective name for a network of artists, identities and collaborators. Et al. have exhibited extensively in New Zealand and abroad, and they represented New Zealand at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Since 1991, a variety of identities have been used by et al. to author works in media including film and video, photography, sculpture and text collage. The adoption of the collective persona ‘et al.’ signifies a shift towards multiplicity and the transition to an installation-based practice.
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2004
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: mixed media

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