Solo Exhibition, Commonplace Amateur Projects, Dublin, Ireland, 2007
Oracle of Truthiness
Exhibition Press Release:
The works in this project are based on the infamous Ouija Board, but have been re-designed to relate to contemporary social and technological issues that influence our everyday lives. An example of one of these works is called the Offline Oracle. The Offline Oracle is basically a take-off on the standard Ouija Board, but instead of using it to contact dead people, it is based on the idea that our subconscious mind records information that our conscious mind does not always have the ability to access. This is similar to the way that a computer saves information about web pages that it accesses on the Internet. The Offline Oracle works by answering questions that you don’t consciously know the answer to but have stored somewhere in your subconscious such as, “where did I leave my car keys?” Or “how much did I have to drink last night?” This way you can use the Offline Oracle to find out whatever it is you want to know, and think that you might know, even if you don’t have access to the Internet. [A. Salomone 2007]
The concept behind this project is to create devices to help us deal with the plethora of options and opportunities at our disposal in contemporary life. These devices rely on emotional response, rather than factual evidence and logical analysis, as a method of making rational decisions in our lives.