by Séamus Gallagher
haus of haraway
“haus of haraway” is a VR piece inspired by donna haraway’s
1985 essay “a cyborg manifesto”, within which she writes:
"The cyborg does not dream of community on the model of the organic family....
The cyborg would not recognize the Garden of Eden;
it is not made of mud and cannot dream of returning to dust”.
this piece pulls from the idea of a cyborg rejecting the “organic family”
and positions it within the context of drag “houses”
which serve as alternative, self-made, families meant to be safe spaces.
“haus of haraway” is a virtual stroll through a house that is disjointed and sleek;
fluid and completely inorganic.
”haus of haraway” is included in your purchase price for any tickets and passes to HIFF 2019.
”haus of haraway” will be on exhibit in the Neptune lobby throughout the festival.
co-presented by the Centre For Art Tapes
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Séamus Gallagher is a Halifax-based artist working primarily in photography and virtual reality. Their practice centres around queering virtual spaces and exploring the intersection of performance, installation, and self-portraiture. Through the use of video game engines, they create dense visual environments with hyperactive images that blur the binary of digital and physical, real and fake.
They recently received their BFA with a double major in Photography and Expanded Media from NSCAD University. They are the recipient of the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Scholarship, the 2018 Starfish Student Award. They were also longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award.
photo by Katie Nakaska