Michael Doocey

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Disciplines: Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Performancekunstenaar, Videokunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

Michael Doocey: "Basically my work is a response to THOUGHT ACTION FUSION, a psychiatric concept that denotes a melodramatic belief in the expediency of abstractions. TAF happens when you start to believe that thinking too much about evil acts can make them happen. It's a fancy new term for obsession, and a good way to think afresh about conceptual art. My art is an experiment in piecemeal indulgence of TAF through object oriented performances. Performative objects can attain some level of responsibility for their own fate: they are like the allegories described by Walter Benjamin; myth dragged into the shameful light of history; the fetishes of dead perverts. I see my role as articulating a sense of how the IMAGE OF HUMANITY confronted with a totality is an image of a trans-historical death. There is no better example of this than Lars von Trier's exploration of the depressive's ultimate destructive fantasy – the end of the world - in Melancholia. My angle on this process has been to pursue a complete conflation of creation and destruction, in a series of ephemeral works which went mostly undocumented: performances where I stood in the street and spat in my eye; or poured a bucket of water over my head and waited to catch a cold; sculptures that crumbled into dust, washed away in the rain, or fell down, because sellotape won't hold a hunk of steel to a wall. Beyond the veneer of idiocy this process was an attempt to collaborate with fate on developing alternatives to existing forms of argument. I'm interested in representing the degrading nature of human reference. This underlies the process by which articulated elements are over-determined and end up as quasi-hieroglyphs or parodies. It's about paradox and falsehood;and developing a self-referential visual language that describes how "media” can blind and wreak the possibility of primary experience".

Werk

down
Titel down
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek hd video
Formaat
m
Titel m
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving
Techniek sculpture
Formaat
bailout
Titel bailout
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving
Techniek sculpture
Formaat
story of my fucking life
Titel story of my fucking life
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek painting
Formaat
GAY ART
Titel GAY ART
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving
Techniek video installation
Formaat
Gray
Titel Gray
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving
Techniek sculpture/performance
Formaat
Grids
Titel Grids
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving
Techniek hd video
Formaat
Os
Titel Os
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek sculpture
Formaat
degradation
Titel degradation
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek photography
Formaat
degradation
Titel degradation
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek photography
Formaat

Omschrijving werk

Michael Doocey: "Basically my work is a response to THOUGHT ACTION FUSION, a psychiatric concept that denotes a melodramatic belief in the expediency of abstractions. TAF happens when you start to believe that thinking too much about evil acts can make them happen. It's a fancy new term for obsession, and a good way to think afresh about conceptual art. My art is an experiment in piecemeal indulgence of TAF through object oriented performances. Performative objects can attain some level of responsibility for their own fate: they are like the allegories described by Walter Benjamin; myth dragged into the shameful light of history; the fetishes of dead perverts. I see my role as articulating a sense of how the IMAGE OF HUMANITY confronted with a totality is an image of a trans-historical death. There is no better example of this than Lars von Trier's exploration of the depressive's ultimate destructive fantasy – the end of the world - in Melancholia. My angle on this process has been to pursue a complete conflation of creation and destruction, in a series of ephemeral works which went mostly undocumented: performances where I stood in the street and spat in my eye; or poured a bucket of water over my head and waited to catch a cold; sculptures that crumbled into dust, washed away in the rain, or fell down, because sellotape won't hold a hunk of steel to a wall. Beyond the veneer of idiocy this process was an attempt to collaborate with fate on developing alternatives to existing forms of argument. I'm interested in representing the degrading nature of human reference. This underlies the process by which articulated elements are over-determined and end up as quasi-hieroglyphs or parodies. It's about paradox and falsehood;and developing a self-referential visual language that describes how "media” can blind and wreak the possibility of primary experience".

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.no-one-likes-us.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
Leiden University Art History 2011-2012
Crawford College of Art & Design Fine Art 2003-2008

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2009 AdHoc Gallery and Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland Twofold More the Child of Hell he was Before; Video Installation SOLO
2009 Piotrkowska, Łódź, Poland Give More Expect Less; Site-Specific Performance and Installation GROEP
2009 The Joinery Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland Outsider Artist; Video, Photography, Painting SOLO
2009 Draiocht Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland Sounds Like Art; Sound Installation GROEP
2008 Crawford School of Art, Cork Ireland Soup; Higher Graduation Exhibition GROEP

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2010 Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag Cold Shower Wet Priest Performative Intervention
2009 Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag Klassenfoto Collaborative Performance and Installation
2009 Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag Give Again Performative Intervention

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2008 National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland, Artist Residency
2008 Queen Street Digital Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Artist Residency