Gerard Byrne: A Late Evening in the Future
08 October—27 November
Curator ANNIKA KRISTENSEN
Taking its title from Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, this major survey of Byrne’s career transforms ACCA into a vast theatre, implicating the audience within a multi-sensory network of flickering TV monitors, video projections, architectural structures and light.
Oscillating between the dramas of cultural memory and the gaping void of collective amnesia, Byrne’s ongoing interest in the reconstruction and renovation of our shared lives is made manifest in ways that are both familiar and unsettling.
The rise of Irish artist Gerard Byrne has been as rapid as it is inevitable, with a growing oeuvre of works that turn history into an uncanny playground. Leaping nimbly across video, photography and installation, Byrne’s reconstructions of conversations between historic figures make strange their subjects while recasting past eras in an eerily artificial light.
Explore Byrne’s work and his influence on other artists across two exhibitions at iconic Melbourne institutions.
SUN 09 OCTOBER 3.30PM
Join renowned Irish artist Gerard Byrne for a special conversation exploring his exhibition A late evening in the future with curator Annika Kristensen.
Gerard Byrne will reflect on his survey exhibition at ACCA, an ensemble of existing works re-configured in a complex mise-en-scene. Drawing on ideas from theatre, television and media archeology, Byrne will discuss how his exhibition at ACCA reflects his interest in art’s capacity to speculatively re-encounter histories and futures in the immediate present of the gallery space.
TUE 11 OCTOBER 6PM
A keynote lecture by Gerard Byrne coinciding with his exhibition A late evening in the future.
SUN 09 OCTOBER from 11AM
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A thing is a hole in a thing it is not, 2010, film installation. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London.
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