Projections, 2006-2011

Detail: Tony Conrad, Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009 (2009-2010)
© David Tomas, 2009

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Detail: Tony Conrad, Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009 (2009-2010)
© David Tomas, 2009

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Projections, 2006-2011

Exhibition
November 9 – December 14, 2013

Opening
Saturday, November 9 at 5 pm

History is in the details. History is always in the details. They configure history by providing it with a tangible infrastructure and micro-texture. History's paradoxes are also to be found in its details, which can often reveal the presence of contradictory data and 'significant' absences embedded at different thresholds of visibility. These paradoxes and, in particular, the locational/dislocational tension between a 'negative' presence and 'positive' absence gives history its double phantomatic status and allure.

History's perfect model is the photograph and its distributed material culture. Each photograph 'represents' history, its paradoxes and contradictions through its details. Each photograph is also a phantomatic harbinger of different pasts, presents and futures, the more so when they are related together whether by kinship or random association. The spaces between photographs model history's lapses, gaps, and the absence of details, which are its constituent elements along with information. Hence its microfibrous infrastructure which is composed of both empty space and information, both operationally significant, both operationally signifying.

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David Tomas

Born in 1950, David Tomas is an artist and an anthropologist whose multimedia and photographic works explore the cultures and transcultures of imaging systems. He has exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has also written articles on the cultures of imaging systems, the history of cybernetics, cyborgs and contemporary art practices. Tomas is the author of many books: Transcultural Space and Transcultural Beings (1996), The Encoded Eye, the Archive, and its Engine House (1998-2000, published on-line as a research e-book by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, Virginia Tech), DUCTION (2001, co-authored with Michèle Thériault), Beyond the Image Machines: A history of Visual Technologies and A Blinding Flash of Light: Photography Between Disciplines and Media (2004), Escape Velocity: Alternative Instruction Prototype for Playing the Knowledge Game (2012), Vertov, Snow, Farocki: Machine Vision and the Posthuman (2013) and Live rightly, die, die (Dazibao, 2013). He lives and works in Montréal.