Talbot Rice Gallery

Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic

29 July – 8 October 2016

© Jess Johnson
Jess Johnson

 

 

Eclectrc Panoptic teased back layers of cognition, reflecting New Zealand born artist Johnson’s interest in science fiction, alternative universes and the slippery nature of perception and reality.

 

Comprised of a suite of drawings, tessellating patterns and virtual reality technology, the exhibition became a bridging portal into another realm. The installation took its genesis from the psychomagic group rituals conceived by the visionary filmmaker and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky; and the technological themes of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel ‘Dune’. Concealed within the space was ‘Ixian Gate’, a virtual reality artwork that can only be experienced through an Oculus Rift headset, plunging participants into the dystopic world of her drawings. 

 

In association with Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic. Photography: Chris Park.
Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic. Photography: Chris Park.

 

Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic. Photography: Chris Park.
Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic. Photography: Chris Park.