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  Sean Lowry
   
 
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Lapdancer 1
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Sean Lowry is a Sydney based visual artist, writer, lecturer and electronic musician.

Lapdancer 1 (2008) is inspired by the laptop computer as a dominant site of cultural dissemination, and framed in direct response to the scale and theatricality of dominant video installation models, Lapdancer presents unheroic content in which neither sound nor vision is overtly privileged. Emphasis is instead placed upon the relationship between sound and vision. Sound clearly imbues visual culture with authority, emotion, authenticity and corporeality, and as a consequence exerts a powerful visceral influence over the experience of visual culture. Alterations to existing or established relationships between sound and vision can therefore profoundly affect perception and interpretation. Lapdancer aims to playfully elucidate the role of sound in creating, adding or shifting meaning within visually centered cultural formations. Aiming to identify and exploit certain ruptures between experimental and popular cultural formations, Lapdancer consists of a composite of short and seemingly disparate audiovisual sequences designed to collude the attitude, humour and attention span of popular cultural formations within the drier reflexivity of contemporary art. Finally an acknowledgement of both a rejection of aspirations toward originality and the conflicting desire to create, Lapdancer represents the artist’s agnostic desire to locate a tentative beginning rather than a cynical end within ironic estrangement.

Lapdancer 2 (2009) is a collection of popular songs reinterpreted within the moving image. Together with a range of portable viewing devices, the laptop computer has become a familiar site for the dissemination, production and transfer of cultural information. In response to the scale and theatricality of dominant video installation models, Lapdancer2 utilises the relatively modest exhibition format of the standard laptop computer. Within this unheroic exhibition format, it is hoped neither sound nor vision is overtly privileged. Sound clearly exerts a powerful influence over the experience of visual culture. Altering established relationships between sound and vision can therefore profoundly affect perception and interpretation. This work aims to elucidate the role of sound, word and melody in creating or shifting meaning within visually centered cultural formations. Occupying an ambiguous space between art and entertainment, Lapdancer2 is the second incarnation of a project already exhibited in North America, Australia and Germany. Although designed to be experienced on a standard laptop computer (ideally with external speakers or headphones), Lapdancer2 can also be viewed anywhere anytime on other smaller portable viewing devices, standard desktop computers or 16:9 television screens.

 
 
 
   
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