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Interview | Sven Anderson & Gerard Byrne

A Visibility Matrix (2018) is an ambitious, video-based artwork, initiated by Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne. The work assembles contributions from an invited panel of artists, film-makers, anthropologists and others within a synchronised, multi-channel video installation in the gallery space. The appearance of the video contributions in the exhibition is shaped by an algorithm which assembles and edits the material live. The work is speculative in nature, testing the limits of the gallery as a space for live production, and the possibilities for video to operate as an active signal rather than a passive image. In this conversation with Rachel Donnelly (Assistant Curator for Learning and Engagement at The Douglas Hyde Gallery), Sven and Gerard discuss some of the ideas they were thinking around throughout the development of the work.