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Uchronia: An Exhibition by Sinead McDonald
Thursday 7th January, 2016 - 10:00 - Thursday 18th February, 2016 - 17:30FREE
‘Uchronia refers’ to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined’ – Wikipedia.
These images form a series of real and alternate self-portraits, investigating how decisions, accidents, and circumstances can change us utterly. How do the things we do send us on different trajectories in life. How can something as trivial as a poster viewed on a new route home from work one day, or as momentous as the death of a loved one, alter who we fundamentally become.
And what if we could warn ourselves? The Tachyonic Antitelephone is a theoretical device from physics’ history, a thought experiment realised. What if our future self could send back messages in time, telling us what our life could be, warning us of impending danger, or simply steering us away from mistakes and regrets. The machine opens up questions of free will, choice, fate and pre-destination. Can we change who we were, or who we may become? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?