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Duplicity - Transition Gallery

Work by Alex Michon

Exhibition preview

DUPLICITY, a group exhibition featuring the work of Mike Bartlett, Kirsty Buchanan, Ruth Collins, Cathy Lomax, Alex Michon, Eloise Rose and Alli Sharma, will be on display at Transition Gallery from April 20 to May 12, 2013.

By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism… Donna J Haraway, ‘Simians, Cyborgs and Women’, 1991.

Duplicity provides a metaphor for various kinds of duality, ambiguity and opposition, which inevitably brings us to the uncanny. The common denominator of all uncanny phenomena appears to be repetition – the doubling of a subject of any sort, with the second instance of it appearing strange.

Marina Warner says the ‘effect of doubling … an effect of reflection without referent … Living likenesses strive to guarantee and perpetuate presence, but ultimately underline the vanished and absent subject; creepily they resemble someone or something who is not there, as in a mirror reflection with no subject’.

With these terrors and strangeness in mind, Duplicity travels headlong into Masahiro Mori’s ‘Uncanny Valley’, probing human sensitivity to explore the psychological drama of the dip where misleading appearances are designed to deceive and false substitutes replace the real.

Transition Gallery, Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QN