Incidents Of Travel In The Multiverse gave me the feeling of being stuck in one particular moment in time, whilst stretching everything that has been, and will be, out around me. I absolutely crave feeling, understanding and misunderstanding within art – no matter what form it may be. This is an absolutely wonderful composition made up of film, drawing, installation, science, humanity, past, future, and everything in between. Everything works as a unit, with the obvious point that no one thing could exist without the others.
As someone who craves beauty in every part of my life, Al and Al fully satisfied me. The all consuming blackness drew me into the pops of white, like light bleeding through a dark night sky. The play with light had a dramatic impact. From the glowing neon signs, to the use of shadow and negative space, to the shining yet subtle colours; everything had a purpose and all fulfilled this purpose perfectly. If you gain nothing else from this exhibition, it’s impossible to deny the beauty at play in every corner.
Mathematics is ever present next to the creativity and unpredictability of human nature. They appear side by side, within, and on top of one another, illustrating the clear overlap between two very contrasting concepts. Love is a human emotion yet by spelling “I Love You” in binary code it shows that neither one exists without the other, and each has its own beauty. Between the films and the artwork, the message is clear. One cannot exist without the other, nor can it ever truly be successful. There’s a stark contrast between the softness of human nature and the reality of mathematics and science within the exhibit, yet there’s an undeniable flow and understanding between the two that creates something uniquely beautiful.
I’m enchanted by the stars and everything in this exhibition wants to draw your attention to their presence – within us, without us and our presence within them. It leads you to think that everything exists within everything else, and everything has existed in every form. The universe and the possibilities are infinite, and nobody brings this to life quite like Al and Al.
Beyond the visuals is a strong tone of love, humanity and superstition; things that, in this day and age, will always overrule technological expansion, or at least be present within it. It’s what motivates us, this strangeness, looking at our humanity and exploring the many ways in which it has, and will always be present. You need only to look to the headlines to see that scientists are trying to create machinery with human emotions and thoughts. We’re constantly trying to work out what makes our humanity and if it can ever be replicated and used within a machine. Al and Al recognise patterns in the universe, in mathematics, in science and in ourselves to theorise about humanity and science together. They encapsulate our curiosity of these things within this magical exhibition.
The comparisons between science and humanity are at their fullest in Al and Al’s films, not just with the plot, the use of robots or futuristic technology vs humans and the past, but the cinematography itself. There’s a surreal blend of CGI and raw realism that brings a strange innocence to the whole thing. A man walking through a room that doesn’t quite seem to be there; Blackpool tower, but not quite how we know it. The plot itself brings dreams of futuristic technology and futuristic technology discussing humanity. Both are vital to the survival of the other. As well as the films, the artwork constantly draws parallels, whether it’s chalk on paper or art in digital form, you’re constantly made aware of these prominent concepts.
Al and Al carefully made sure that everything is linked thematically, whether it’s an obvious link or something more subtle. Neither science nor humanity are ever lost in this incredibly unique exhibition.