Beyond the Rubicon, 2018
Programming by Nico Nonne (Trotzkind)
Sound by Draisine
Camera by Sidonie Roberts
The ultimate ephemerality of the sculptural objects in Beyond the Rubicon raises provocative questions about materiality and preservation in connection to the virtual. The impossibility of grasping these virtual objects coupled with their inevitable disintegration suggests some ambivalence about the role of digital media in issues relating to access, memory, and the archive. Additionally, Moffatt draws attention to the continued importance of the body in virtual space. The fluctuating representation of feminine bodies indicates the potentially transformative effect of digital media for the representation and perception of the human form. Yet the continued imbrication of vision, hearing, and touch in navigating the work forestalls any unwarranted idea of a transcendent, disembodied experience of virtual space. Beyond the Rubicon grapples with the crucial matter of how recent digital technology reshapes one’s sense of self as well as the self’s relationship to physical and virtual environments. And as the title suggests, these issues must be carefully considered, as we have passed the point of no return in our engagement with and in digital worlds.