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NIGHT JOURNEY (article first published : 2005-10-20)

The second instalment in the 2005/6 Young Artists Project (YAP), an ongoing initiative by the KZNSA to support new work, will be presented in the KZNSA’s Multimedia Room. The project is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Colleen Alborough is an artist living and working in Johannesburg. She completed her BA (Fine Arts) with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is currently completing a MA (Fine Arts). She also teaches part-time in the same institution’s digital arts department, focusing on digital stop frame animation and web design. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the past five years, which includes Homing In at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2003.

As an artist, Colleen Alborough is interested in the intersection between traditional art media and new technologies. She has presented labour intensive environments and digital applications which are combined into evocative and experiential spaces that foregrounds questions around identity, memory, social interactions and responsibilities and the exploration of self.

Night Journey is an interactive environment that relies on viewer participation, and utilises technology that is highly experimental in the visual arts in South Africa. Inviting active engagement, the installation explores and interrogates the epic journeys we embark on when the nights shuts out our visible reality, and gives free reign to our hopes, fantasies, dreams, fears and nightmares.

“My work attempts to unlock an ongoing dialogue between viewer and space – both real and imagined,” says Colleen Alborough. “It provokes a process of questioning and negotiation with the potential ambivalence we have to our physical and psychic worlds. The portrayed experiences in my installations are that of irreconcilable uncertainty, withheld desire, unspeakable fear. I explore this terrain in an attempt to disclose, release, acknowledge and share the “betweens” in these ranges of emotions.”

Night Journey runs at the KZNSA Gallery from October 25 at 18h00 until November 13.




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