Artists’ book »Vortices«
We did the design, printing and binding of this publication.
The recognisable forms of narrative fiction and the paper-back book are utilised to create an immersive, durational artwork. Through a strategy of détournement, the novella remixes the biography of French caver and chronobiologist Michel Siffre, the heritage of science-fiction novels, the mythology of space exploration, and concepts from museology and postcolonial theory, so as to create a remapping of the space of the Museum and a reflection on Stanislaw Lem’s inner/outer space dichotomy. The story unfolds to sketch out mental processes of encounter, wonder, unease, alienation and estrangement. — Ciarán Walsh