Tuesday 18 January 2011. Part of Guest Presentations.
On the 18th of January, ADA opened its doors for the artist Emily Donnini, who is spending a 4-week period in Rotterdam through the new residency exchange program organised by Sils together with The Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh.
Emily Donnini’s practice explores the room for fluctuation within the study of understanding and hermeneutics, through its simultaneous relationship with antiquity and contemporary methodology and technology. She achieves a non-hierarchical reading of information, codes, and texts by taking a more playful role in the utilization of this tradition. Tampering with history, Donnini makes plausible narratives with falsified information, playing on the expectations of a collective consciousness.
From embedding the rings of a vinyl record into a carved boulder, to cataloguing information from Google through the construction of hand-made paper models, Emily Doninni utilizes a wide array of materials and mediums. Her various materials suggest alternative histories or understandings of the world, manifested in individual and temporal experience. By working with information containers such as Internet search engine statistics, phonetics of languages, and the fringes of sound technology, a disruption of proximities and distances emerges. Often, Emily’s work is drawn to the failures within these systems. The futility and impossibility, or impracticality of preservation becomes a confrontation with the limits of the known.
Emily Donnini is an artist currently working in Glasgow. After receiving a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art.