Starwalker is an installation of new works exploring the simultaneously isolating and liberating effects of communication and interpersonal relations conducted through “black mirror” devices.
Representing an analogous access platform to digital “Astral projection”, these devices exist as conduits for universal knowledge and communication, and yet create a biological void when used as tools for human exchange.
Proponents of Astral projection tell of the Akashic records, a compendium of the sum of all human knowledge and experiences, accessible via said projection. Several mystics and seers have provided accounts of their experiences perusing these records, and the beings they have encountered on their journeys. Perhaps the most well known of these was in the work of Edgar Cayce in his 5 volume opus, The Law of One, a book purported to contain conversations with a channeled "social memory complex" known to humans as Ra. When questioned of the source of this knowledge, “Ra” responded with "We have explained before that the intelligent infinity is brought into intelligent energy from eighth density or octave. The one sound vibratory complex called Edgar used this gateway to view the present, which is not the continuum you experience but the potential social memory complex of this planetary sphere. The term your peoples have used for this is the "Akashic Record" or the "Hall of Records"."
Representing a similar archive, NASA’s Golden Records were launched on the Voyager probes in the late 1970s into deep space. Information contained within the golden gramophones were sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Voyager 1, and Voyager 2, the probes which the records are part of, are currently the furthest reaching man-made objects in the cosmos, and are on the cusp of, or have left (depending on accounts) the furthest reaches of our solar system.
Drawing from these two points of references, the work pits the macro universes that are accessible from the amorphous blob of virtual online environments, against the micro-cosmic experiences found within us inherent to the nature of our consciousness.
Andrew Carson is a Dublin based artist, graduated from DIT with a BA Fine Art in 2010. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions extensibly around Ireland, the UK, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland and a forthcoming exhibition in Japan in 2014. His work is featured in private and OPW state collections.
Eight Gallery, 8 Dawson St., Dublin 2.