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Tam Hare

Abstract Child, Only Ever Close

The resignation of what comes next can be seen from here. This force cannot be touched or grasped; no place is somewhere that might be an indication of where to go from here.
--Taken from the text chapter, Abstract Child: Only Ever Close (2016)

This film was created for and used during the Abstract Child: Only Ever Close performance, by Tam Hare. The work was partly in collaboration with musician and sound artist John Bryden, and visual artist Anna Glantz. It was also integral to the inception of his current PhD research project, Always Pushing Away the Abstract Child.

The film accompanied a performance piece that was formed as an audio-visual, textual experience. In this work artist Tam Hare continues to construct a character, by adapting specific narrative traces and gestures that explore ideas concerning this subject’s cognition, and how it relates to global capitalism within a ‘post-capitalist’ setting. Crucially this work equally examines the availability of constantly expanding sources of information, globalization, ‘new media’ and ‘networked capital’; and focuses on the effects these elements have on this constructed contemporary, troubled character.

Presented is a ‘position’ that has felt a psychological and social rupture, and become acutely disconnected from their contemporary society and setting. Consequently, a depiction of how information is manifested and expressed within the psyche of a subject, as they begin to replicate their schizophrenic environment, is envisaged through this work and its performance.

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