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Tyrone Davies: IN CAMERA

Nov 13, 2015 – Jan 16, 2016


Tyrone Davies’ IN CAMERA probes relationships between popular entertainment media, classic literature and dominant philosophical concepts of selfhood. Presenting an intentionally overstimulating array of video mashups, Davies’ installation simultaneously electrifies and oppresses the audience with equal parts absurd and meaningful discourse.

In Davies’ work, such prose as Jean Paul Sartre’s No-Exit finds itself implanted within the popular sitcom Gilligan’s Island. The works of Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, and Friedrich Nietzsche are injected into a mixture of Hollywood films, and Eastern meditative practices and commercial amusements vie for our attention via sports broadcasts—and just once in a while, Jack Kevorkian appears on a screen and begins to explain perception.

Davies’ IN CAMERA is both an exploration of and a statement on the struggle to maintain a balanced sensibility in the face of a gauntlet of tropes, memes, and dogmatic explanations about the nature of existence. Through this selection of fragmented narratives and televised programming, Davies reveals the ways in which screens dictate worldviews just as powerfully as any philosophical or spiritual belief.