July 31, 2014 - Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry - Magic Touch
July 31, 2014

Magic Touch

Kate Davis, Denkmal, 2013. Video still I-III. Courtesy of the artist.

Magic Touch
2 August–20 September 2014

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10-12 Artillery St
Northern Ireland BT48 6RG

info [​at​] cca-derry-londonderry.org


Artists: Kate Davis, Katja Novitskova, Jessie Flood-Paddock, Pádraig Spillane, Artie Vierkant

Magic Touch is an exhibition that features five contemporary artists whose works respond to the way that objects carry the imprint of the human body.

The exhibition considers our changing relationships to objects, presenting works such as Kate Davis’s video installation Denkmal, which narrates the touch of common objects that recent technology has made redundant; and Katja Novitskova’s series of sculptural works Shapeshifters, made from hand-pressed epoxy clay, nail polish and broken computer wafers. In these works and others in the exhibition, there is an emphasis on the way that successive technologies create new forms of tactile relationships while disabling others. 

Also included in Magic Touch are works by Pádraig Spillane, Jessie Flood-Paddock, and Artie Vierkant. Flood-Paddock will present works developed from her Nude series that elaborate a series of sculptural forms and surfaces based on the logo of a cosmetics company that promotes its products’ “invisibility,” while Pádraig Spillane’s photo-based works make manifest what the camera fails to capture of his human subjects. For his first exhibition in Ireland / Northern Ireland, New York-based artist Artie Vierkant will present a new iteration of his “Fingerprints” series of video works produced with digital techniques of fingerprinting and gesture capture.

Magic Touch has been developed through the recognition of the contemporary displacement of the human body. This is a displacement caused by the new technologies of our inter-connected ‘touch-screen’ world, and another kind of displacement that follows recent “post-humanist” philosophies that have undermined notions of human empowerment over things. As such, Magic Touch considers how the human body continues to imprint itself in new ways upon the objects and technologies that at first appear to dispel it on physical and metaphysical terms. 

Magic Touch is curated by Matt Packer, Director, CCA Derry~Londonderry. It is the fourth exhibition in the CCA’s 2014 series exploring the contemporary status of the human body, following from Of Other Bodies (featuring Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Kevin Burns, and Falke Pisano), Sarah Browne: Hand to Mouth, and Eamon O’Kane: Where there are people there are things

Magic Touch at CCA Derry~Londonderry
Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
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