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Gerard Byrne, b.1969

New Sexual Lifestyles2003

Gerard Byrne’s ‘New Sexual Lifestyles’ is an installation comprising a filmed re-enactment of the transcript of a panel discussion, published in Playboy magazine in 1973. The unnaturally ordered dialogue, which appears in print, is re-enacted and presented on three monitors programmed to shuffle the sequence of the discussion, building an element of chance, slippage or error into the work, and removing a single linear narrative. The setting of the re-enactment is a late modernist building in Co. Wicklow: the Goulding Summer House. Large photographs of the architecture and the view from inside the house physically and conceptually frame the installation; at once suggestive of voyeurism and alluding to the openness of the dialogue. A photograph of the exterior of the house shows the lush natural surrounding landscape, contrasting the natural with the built environment.

MediumThree-channel video, seven photographs
Duration54 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
EditionEdition 1/3 + 2 A/P
Item NumberIMMA.1657
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Gerard Byrne, New Sexual Lifestyles, 2003, Three-channel video, seven photographs, Duration: 54 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004

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About the Artist

Gerard Byrne b.1969

Gerard Byrne works primarily in video, photography and performance art. His multi-media installations re-enact historic events using professional actors and theatrical techniques, using twentieth-century literature and mass media as source material. Referencing a range of literary and theatrical sources, his work considers how images are constructed and communicated.
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