Jennifer Redmond - Artist In Residence at UCD College of Science 2016

01 June, 2016

Jennifer Redmond is an Irish artist whose work looks at ways to think about the complexities of our era, about information, and networks of systems. She is particularly interested in the point where there is a break in the homeostasis of a system allowing for a new productive force to emerge, and on how this information impacts on our perceptions of reality, on how we think and form values. Placing signs and signals or words in antagonistic opposition, she plays with commonly held truths, to try to open up a space which allows for ‘noise’ or feedback that questions the validity of those truths in a contemporary context and allows for the collapse of categorical distinctions.

The drawings are diagrammatic, more like worksheets, designed to be projected onto, or colonise wall spaces. They are rhizomatic and reflect the complexity of our nature and our time.

The diagram is evident too in the structuring and telling of stories. These stories are created for performance but also find their way into the short films.They are heuristic devices designed not only to ignite the imagination of the listener/viewer, but also as a prompt for discussion and debate. While her artistic practice is concentrated on drawing, she is also interested in relational art, in collaborative enterprises, and in critical art writing.

Jennifer outlines her plans for her residency at UCD Science:

"Thinking about the idea of transformative spaces calls to mind the model used by Michel Serres of the Parasite (which compels any given system or order to either adjust to its presence or to expel it)The parasite thus, reformulates the position between; self and the collective, society and nature, scientific and the literary, myth and politics to enable a way of conceiving connections between disparate phenomena.The parasite model allows us to consider positions of power as entities to be parasitised to produce power, such as in the harnessing of the collective intellect or voice through social media.

I would like to work on visualising this model diagrammatically and through research and collaboration particularly with scientists working in computer science and informatics. The Parasite is a subject that ranges across many scientific disciplines, and so my process will be to speak to as many microbiologists, mathematicians and computer scientists as are willing to develop a visual concept and to weave the strands of their work into stories and images that would then appear (as drawings and performances) in selected sites on the UCD campus. The final objective is the creation of a book of images and of stories as an artefact of the residency."

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