Christine Davis: Tlön
24 Jan 2004 - 25 Apr 2004
The slide installation Tlön, or How I held in my hands a vast methodical fragment of an unknown planet's entire history, by Toronto artist Christine Davis, recreates the science-fiction world imagined by the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges in his short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. On Borges' shadowy planet Tlön, a secret society toils to control every detail of life. It is a cautionary tale against a highly ordered, highly regulated world that destroys other legitimate forms of experience and knowledge. Davis' stunning visual interpretation of this story casts slides of stars and interstellar clouds onto a grid of brilliant blue Morpho butterflies. Light and colour shift and change; butterflies merge with celestial events. The effect of Davis' spectacular vision is both hypnotic and hallucinatory, a meditation on the appeal – and the absurdity – of order in the universe.