Indice éternité (2016)
Galerie B-312, Montréal, Canada, 17 nov-17 dec
Gallery B-312 is proud to host Dominique Sirois most recent exhibition, Eternity’s Index. The project is part of a series involving Mimesis Trinity – a fictional company the artist created in 2013. Mimesis Trinity takes on the sphere on finance to highlight symptoms found on both individual and social levels. More particularly, the drive to gain and the fear of losing interplaying like the changing curves of stocks. In Eternity’s Index the company has become specialized in mortuary services in a Transhumanism genre. Rich people stocking their memories on hard drives and waiting for a life on another support. The project brings the idea of a world where we are no longer equal in relation to death and where possessions could last through time, expanding capitalist lust. The video Memory Index shot in a salt mine explores these current issues with a soundtrack by sound artist Alain Lefebvre.
In her exhibition, Sirois focuses also on the materiality of late capitalism, how high frequency trading is made possible with powerful computers, partly made of rare earth and metals. The artist spent some time at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa (Canada) to film selected specimens. In a six-screen video piece we can see closeups of minerals associated with bitcoin data flow in a soundtrack made by musician Olivier Alary. More broadly, Eternity’s Index borrows from a Surrealist aesthetic to explore the liberation of desire and the unconscious so dear to the movement in the light of contemporary neoliberalism. Ceramic discs suggesting a hard drive seem like Dali’s melting watches, while a figure in Effigy of a Stockholder show a biomorphic form linking the biological and the technological at the heart of Posthuman speculation and eternal life promises.