On Exactitude in Science
Alan Butler / Ireland / 2017 / 86 mins
National Sculpture Factory
Mon 12 – Wed 14 November 6pm – 12am*
Free Opening Drinks Reception: Mon 12 November, 5.30pm
Alan Butler’s installation On Exactitude in Science (2017), presented on two screens, comprises Godfrey Reggio’s motion picture Koyaanisqatsi (1983) in synchronicity with Butler’s shot-for-shot remake Koyaanisgtav (2017), which he has transposed into a new form using the virtual worlds within the Grand Theft Auto video game series. Reggio’s work was chosen by Butler as a paragon of the most popular visual medium of the 20th century: film. The original motion picture does not follow a formal screenplay as such; instead it embodies a poetic, pictorial mode of documentary filmmaking.
Originally commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, On Exactitude in Science takes its name from the Jorge Luis Borges short story, Del rigor en la ciencia (1946), which describes an ancient, fictional civilization that creates a 1:1 scale map of its territory.
Alan Butler’s work explores material and philosophical ideas about the functions of imagery and meaning in technologically mediated realities. Recent solo exhibitions include The Need To Argue In The Master’s Language, Visual Carlow, Ireland (2018); Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (2017); and HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2017). His work is in the collections of IMMA, The Office of Public Works and Trinity College Dublin. He is represented by Green On Red Gallery, Ireland.