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IN COMMUNICADO (article first published : 2005-09-16)

There is a new season of works in the Salon Gallery at Bean Bag Bohemia curated by Tamlyn Martin.

“The other day I was quietly hanging some pictures,” says Tamlyn Martin. “The quietness of this activity allowed me the opportunity to listen to the sounds that surrounded me - “to listen to the birds” as it were. Instead of birds I heard a low cacophony of beeps, whizzing, wurling squeaks, gurgling spasmic jingles and of course the gentle and sometimes agitated “hello”. The white noise of a new age of personalised polyphonic ring tones and those unavoidable connections. The relentless call to communicate across the digital boarder takes precedence over the imminent wailing of the real world and yes, there appears to be less birds singing in the world.

“Communication is the fastest growing industry in the world. It’s hard to believe that just ten years ago few people had cell phones or internet access. The communication revolution has brought the world closer together and yet torn us further apart. The internet, satellites, live cellphone and computer conferencing, networking, ISDN, faxes, digital photography and animation have created an infinite “super real” space. Its geography is still being charted by a new breed of topographers working in band width, to quantify the grizzly howl of the billions per second, who cross the boarder into this mysterious new land. Somehow the allure of this alternative reality has distracted us from being within the world that surrounds us.”

The works on show all deal with the idea of communicating and preserving moments. Jacki Bruniquel, Benan Goldswain and Donavan Whyte’s photographic work deals with long passed moments, the achievements of distant travels into the unknown. Nathi Gumede’s work speaks about constructed moments which never really existed (but should have).Nicolas Carrol’s haunting stills photography, taken before the age of Photoshop, is a reminder that life can be stranger than fiction. Tamlyn Martin’s (that’s me) photographic installation “Home is where the heart is” talks about the miraculous surprise of seeing what is in front of you for the first time. Many of the new works offer us stories, some find their way into words and others remain gently and quietly suspended within the image, waiting for you to find them.

If you would prefer to visit these new works and past work in an alternative reality, log onto www.beanbagbohemia.co.za




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