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Michael Irwin
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Michael Irwin’s work engages with issues around the individualisation
of social space in contemporary society, whereby we have become increasingly connected to the world through technology, and where
the social (independent of technology) is in decline. Irwin incorporates this ultimately Foucauldian stance (also vividly suggested by Peter Halley’s writings) throughout his practice. Using VHS tape as a visual representation of digital networks moving data from one point to another, connecting and partitioning space simultaneously, his work explores simultaneously media and systems. Another mechanism that exists within the work is the use of geometric frames. e heavy implication of the frames signifies the negativity of Foucauldian confinement: suggesting that instead of being connected, the outlined space is overtly alienated and individualised.


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