Project Native Informant: Morag Keil 'Here We Go Again' (until 27th October 2018)
The physical setup of the exhibition is both very simple yet complex; in terms of 'artworks', some may arrive wanting, or expecting, more to look at, which makes the actual experience not only eerie but demanding more attention than your average exhibition. Upon arriving at the space, you're instructed to enter another door beyond the one you've just moved through. From this point on, you soon realise that the exhibition is a series of doors in a space that feels neither commercial (i.e. like a gallery environment) nor domestic.
Sound plays a large part in the show, and the recurring voice is recognisable as the increasingly ubiquitous technological personal assistants. These omnipresent but ultimately invisible figures are becoming the bridge between personal life and our technology use and Keil reasserts this with her bizarre, perhaps jarring, transformation of the gallery space. It is also worth noting that, as you might imagine from the photograph above, Project Native Informant becomes claustrophobic with the narrow green walls and sound bouncing off them from different directions. Soundbites such as "what would you like to have a conversation about?" from the robotic, awkward voice and diction remind us that these characters are not our friends but do have plenty of knowledge stored. Further sounds flash by like an analog radio being tuned, or flicking through channels on a television, creating a false sense of home and security.