Lynda Devenney, Intentional Agents

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Intentional Agents captures a visual journey through three research projects. This research utilises a series of modified tool-like objects, used in performative exploration of action and touch to investigate the empathetic and simulated bodily responses to action observed on-screen. Through the conceptual lens of haptic visuality and embodied simulation, this practice research draws on theory taken from neuroscience, which informs an understanding of mirror neurons, body schema, and tool use.

Lynda Devenney’s practice incorporates moving image, sculptural objects, sound and performance to explore the human body as an interface between space, objects and movement. As objects or things embody a vibrancy of their own and have agency in their behaviour, they cause actions and their effects have consequences. Through these actions and consequences, she questions the relations between the object, the action and the audience. These objects are defined by the limits of the body and how shape, form and weight relate to the narrative of how an individual navigates physical and digital space. As the body’s orientation towards the world is essentially temporal, the body gives a unique interface and experience of the world. The objects are experienced though haptic touch and action and are activated through direction and choreography live and for the camera.

88pp | 28 x 21.5cm