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© Courtesy of the artist and The Nunnery Gallery @ Bow Arts Trust

181-183 Bow Road
London E3 2SJ
United Kingdom
December 4th, 2009 - December 19th, 2009
Opening: December 3rd, 2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

tower hamlets
020 8980 7774
Tue-Sun 10-5
installation, video-art


Is physical reality becoming redundant? Both contemporary art and science are challenging the concept of reality and opening up areas of investigation from micro to macrocosm. From the imaginary reality of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster to the scientific experiments in Geneva of the Large Hadron Collider, Einstein’s notion of the distinction between past and present and future being merely a persistent illusion seems increasingly pertinent. Throughout history humans have always held beliefs in mystical worlds, alternative zones and eternal lands where an alternative reality co-exists with our own. Whether through religious beliefs, myths, legends or fairy tales, projection and idealisation offer an escape from mundane or harsh reality, as well as hope for a preferable future. Today, with increasing numbers of people seeking entertainment, or vicarious living in virtual worlds; and architects and designers using the ‘space’ of the computer programme in which to design and dream, these fantasy lands seem even more tangible and desirable. Using strategies which vary from intervention in and the undermining of everyday imagery, to the use of cultural icons and nostalgia for an imaginary past; the artists in (N)Everland engage with the contemporary relationship between real and imagined worlds and the confluence of past, present and future