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Silicon Retina (2021)
Single channel digital video with sound, 07’52

Comissioned for Green Man Festival, supported by Arts Council Wales and Green Man Trust

Gweni Llwyd’s temporary work Silicon Retina, hanged suspended in Green Man Festival’s pine woods, flips the subterranean into the tree canopy. The moving-image work explores the porous boundary between nature and technology, particularly in the landscape. Following a narrative composed of mechanical vibrations, organic rhythms and biomimetic pulses, the piece acts as a portal to what may be dwelling above and below the surface: from sci-fi cells, worm-like network cables, and bionic creatures, to electrical grids and drainage mazes. It draws similarities between supposedly passive or everyday biological and cyborgian systems, highlighting their wonderfully absurd complexities.

Photos: Anna Arca and Green Man Festival