Project Archetype

Project Archetype is a new work consisting of a series of interactive negative images that will exhibit this September. It forms part of the five year anniversary of the designation of Galway as an UNESCO City of Film. The work uniquely depicts the 12 character archetypes; the building blocks of narrative in literature and film. This image of Dara Devaney is one such depiction and a preview of what's to come.

Creative Statement

As a photographer my work is primarily concerned with the narrative structure within the image while also developing new methods of exhibition and interaction. I am fascinated by the depictions of Archetypical characters in literature, Film and Art throughout history and how they retain relevance and intersect now with a digital world.

Inspiration for my current research project comes from this interest in these Archetypes. I see them as imprinted on the unconscious and resistant to change while the individual is constantly changing; in a state of permanent flux. I am exploring this relationship and looking to represent it photographically by using the film negative as the Imprint with the spectator signifying flux.As part of the development process I have created portraits of various actors and dancers who have interpreted specific archetypes through performance. Using Augmented Reality, I am facilitating the viewer to interact directly with the work and experience a moment of ‘magic’ as a virtual object appears in their current reality. This dynamic of real/unreal underpins the ethos of the current work and drives the investigation into methods of display.

The finished prints are digitally manipulated from the film negative and printed onto Dura-trans transparency paper then housed within a back lit display. Interaction is possible via a VR app accessed through QR codes sited adjacent to the work.