GLOBUS art installation: On the edge of my sky part 2

Hear artist Marie Brett describe the meaning,  materials and symbolism of the GLOBUS art installation, which was on display at University College Dublin in the spring of 2019. 


Narrated by artist Marie Brett.

Initially, I saw the multiplicity of the global justice strands that are embedded in the commission as distinct and separate, but after a period of time, I realized their interconnectedness and the task then for the art installation was to find means to make a piece of work that can navigate across the strands and to offer new contribution, new ways of thinking, and means for the public to engage for global justice issues, to have new access points, both for the research and the issues themselves.

The materiality and visuality of the installation is very important.  The materials were chosen for their symbology, so for example the lorry tarp having traversed physically across Europe now being repurposed as a roof. Massive corrugated iron panels - worn and rusted and punctured from previous life use.

Once inside, a person may feel: is this a safe place, is this a place of rest or refuge? Is this a hostile place of capture, holding, or even imprisonment? The uncertainty is inherent in the work. There is physical and symbolic threshold points within the installation, and ideas of seeking and gaining entry and/or exit, and of moving from one place to another, one room to another, or potentially from one country to another, which relates in turn to the rights and plights of European passage, and of contested behaviour, and territory.

There is four videos on the floor and in punctures, almost ruptures in the steel walls. Each video respond to a different global justice issue, pivots between fact and fiction, known and supposed. The installation has both inner and outer spaces. Outside it has the appearance of an itinerant structure, maybe a dwelling, a home, perhaps a boat or shanty, and it's placed, or rather, purched intentionally quite precariously, sitting on a raft of big, heavy timbers amid this big sea of debris. 

There is a discordant soundscape, one that disorientates, even bewilders, and lingers, and it's made up of layered field recordings, news footage, and appropriated gaming sounds, as well as deep bass machinery. There is a back swing door exit, but you have to be physically and metaphorically brave to use it, to push through the steel, you have to make a choice to leave when the route or passage out is not clear. The door references the right of passage and the right of movement, and questions who and how entry and exit is negotiated, who leads, who follows, who has rights, what is just and fair. 

The installation was commissioned by the GLOBUS project and was on display at the University College Dublin campus in the spring of 2019. 

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Artist: Marie Brett

Design/fabrication: Ben Thomas

Film: Linda Curtin


Published July 24, 2019 3:28 PM - Last modified Sep. 17, 2019 2:34 PM