Yuri Pattison at mother’s tankstation limited

January 9th, 2017|

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Artist: Yuri Pattison

Exhibition title: sunset provision

Venue: mother’s tankstation limited, Dublin, Ireland

Date: November 16, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and mother’s tankstation limited

Note: The Robot Within or The Ghost is The Machine by Habib William Kherbek can be found here

Following Yuri Pattison’s installation, user, space, at Chisenhale Gallery, London, his first solo exhibition in Ireland enacts a tangential second chapter, developing his evocative ideas which orbit a particularly vital aspect of the contemporaneous live-work experience: sleep. sunset provision springs from a longstanding examination of the refractive impact of automation on time, loneliness, and the demands of productivity housed in an emergent co-working culture driven by and contingent on technological success. If Chisenhale was a refraction of the loneliness of on-line automation, the installation for mother’s tankstation limited reveals a growing niche that promises you will never need be lonely. Here, Pattison isolates a particularly curious strain of interest in conquering the loneliest hours of day, creating proxy companions to help consumers through the few hours when no one can reach you; probing the developed market in recent years of monitoring applications and interfaces, sound emitters, and contouring foam, promising to both optimise and accompany your (literal) darkest time.

In correspondence, Pattison has noted some effects that have reduced the scope of human interaction from the pre-dotcom era; a manifestation of the ‘inhuman’[1] through a need to work long and constantly flexible hours, and correspondingly, in how social and work life has entirely merged. Evidently the psychological and physiological effects of this fused lifestyle are not dealt with at their root cause, but rather managed through new systems, such as self-medication (melatonin to sleep, modafinil to work, regardless of timezone or bodyclock) or survival-themed meal replacements and data systems that increasingly manage indispensable aspects of our lives. Across platforms and products alike, there is an insistence on urgency and dependency (albeit soothingly), as recently achieved with the new built-in ‘bedtime’ management app now included within the iPhone’s operating system.

This unsettling combination of survival and sleep, tension and release, is perhaps best exemplified through Silicon Valley’s casual terminology for killing a start-up: “sunsetting”. Sunsetting is a well worn procedure by which a technology (company) is acquired for its one fundamental and valuable component. This component is extracted for use by the parent company in multiple products, while the host company is put to sleep: sunsetted. Pattison’s interest in the bi-annual solar event MIThenge, popularised in the 1970s by a poster design by Tom K. Norton, a moment in which the sun aligns with the path of what is known as the “Infinite Corridor” at MIT. Sunlight floods the campus’ longest corridor as students gather in a ritualistic manner – a merger that recalls both logic and the neo-paganism of a Newgrange-type sun ritual.[2] For this installation, Pattison collaborates again with Misha Sra – a graduate student in the Fluid Interfaces Group who coincidentally, has an interest in promoting awareness with sleep data visualisation – to capture the event.

In sunset provision, empirical knowledge and the counter-rational are awkward bedfellows and explicitly not mutually exclusive, pointing to larger systems, fears, comforts, and the point at which sense collapses.

[1] Inhuman, In reference to Jean-François Lyotard’s usage in; The Inhuman, Reflections on Time, Polity Press, 1991 (originally published in French, 1988). The term “Inhuman” has two meanings for Lyotard. Firstly, it refers to the dehumanising effects of science and technology in society. Secondly, it refers to those potentially positive forces that the idea of the human tries to repress or exclude, but which inevitably return with disruptive effects.
[2] MIThenge, explored in depth by Stuart J. Goldman’s in his article ‘Sun Worship in Cambridge’, Sky & Telescope, November 2003, http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/mit-henge.pdf

1. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view

2. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_(infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision_dust,scraper, fan

3. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_(infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision_dust,scraper, fan

4. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam memory

5. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

1. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

6. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

7. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers_detail of tablet

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

9. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers_detail of light mask and tablet

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

11. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers_detail of light mask and travel adapters

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

12. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam remembers_detail of travel adapters

Yuri Pattison, memory foam remembers, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam & foam mattresses, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, silicon ear plugs, Philips Hue controller (evening sunset), LED panel, Prison android tablet with MIThenge simulation & f.lux software, Unistrut, 42(h) x 128(w) x 210(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

6. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

7. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

8. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

9. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust, scraper, fan

10. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

11. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

Yuri Pattison, dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter), dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity), dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack), (broken), 2016, Custom made perspex 1U format server case, server PSUs, 40mm server case, fans, practice locks, modafinil, 5-HTP, piracetam, anti-static bags, tape, inkjet print, cable ties, protective film, sebum, dust, 66 x 43 x 5cm each

2. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter) dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity) dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack)

Yuri Pattison, dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter), dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity), dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack), (broken), 2016, Custom made perspex 1U format server case, server PSUs, 40mm server case, fans, practice locks, modafinil, 5-HTP, piracetam, anti-static bags, tape, inkjet print, cable ties, protective film, sebum, dust, 66 x 43 x 5cm each

5. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter) dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity) dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack)_detail of transparent lock

Yuri Pattison, dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter), dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity), dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack), (broken), 2016, Custom made perspex 1U format server case, server PSUs, 40mm server case, fans, practice locks, modafinil, 5-HTP, piracetam, anti-static bags, tape, inkjet print, cable ties, protective film, sebum, dust, 66 x 43 x 5cm each

6. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter) dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity) dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack)_detail of modafinil

Yuri Pattison, dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter), dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity), dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack), (broken), 2016, Custom made perspex 1U format server case, server PSUs, 40mm server case, fans, practice locks, modafinil, 5-HTP, piracetam, anti-static bags, tape, inkjet print, cable ties, protective film, sebum, dust, 66 x 43 x 5cm each

8. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter) dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity) dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack)_corner detail

Yuri Pattison, dust, scraper, fan 2.7 (winter), dust, scraper, fan 2.8 (productivity), dust, scraper, fan 2.9 (stack), (broken), 2016, Custom made perspex 1U format server case, server PSUs, 40mm server case, fans, practice locks, modafinil, 5-HTP, piracetam, anti-static bags, tape, inkjet print, cable ties, protective film, sebum, dust, 66 x 43 x 5cm each

12. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam memory

4. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam memory

Yuri Pattison, memory foam memory, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam mattress, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, LED panel & 15 minute dawn/dusk simulation dimmer, white noise sound conditioner, melatonin liquid & vaporiser, Unistrut, 53.5(h) x 97(w) x 189(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

8. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam memory

Yuri Pattison, memory foam memory, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam mattress, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, LED panel & 15 minute dawn/dusk simulation dimmer, white noise sound conditioner, melatonin liquid & vaporiser, Unistrut, 53.5(h) x 97(w) x 189(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

9. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam memory_detail of light mask

Yuri Pattison, memory foam memory, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam mattress, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, LED panel & 15 minute dawn/dusk simulation dimmer, white noise sound conditioner, melatonin liquid & vaporiser, Unistrut, 53.5(h) x 97(w) x 189(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

10. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam memory_detail of pillow

Yuri Pattison, memory foam memory, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam mattress, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, LED panel & 15 minute dawn/dusk simulation dimmer, white noise sound conditioner, melatonin liquid & vaporiser, Unistrut, 53.5(h) x 97(w) x 189(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

11. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_memory foam memory_detail of water vaporiser

Yuri Pattison, memory foam memory, 2016, Amazon basics memory foam mattress, light therapy mask, travel adapters, USB charger, LED panel & 15 minute dawn/dusk simulation dimmer, white noise sound conditioner, melatonin liquid & vaporiser, Unistrut, 53.5(h) x 97(w) x 189(L) cm, LED panel from floor 245(h)cm

13. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_memory foam remembers_dust,scraper, fan

16. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_installation view_(infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision_dust,scraper, fan

1. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_(infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision_installation view with LED panels

Yuri Pattison, (infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision, 2016, Video (MIThenge 11/11/16 shot by Misha Sra for the artist, MIThenge 12/11/16 shot by Nick Gomez for the artist), Drift TV sunset filter, dust sheet, Edition of 3 + 2AP

4. Yuri Pattison_sunset provision_(infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision

Yuri Pattison, (infinite corridor, infinite) Sunset Provision, 2016, Video (MIThenge 11/11/16 shot by Misha Sra for the artist, MIThenge 12/11/16 shot by Nick Gomez for the artist), Drift TV sunset filter, dust sheet, Edition of 3 + 2AP