Stockholm

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film Inside an Image), 2016, HD video, color, sound, 17 minutes.

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film Inside an Image), 2016, HD video, color, sound, 17 minutes.

Gerard Byrne

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film Inside an Image), 2016, HD video, color, sound, 17 minutes.

The ultimate aim of a representation is to be more “real” than what it depicts, so that people desire the image more than the objects it portrays. The insatiable drive toward ever-sharper high definition testifies to this age-old impulse. So does the Biologiska Museet in Stockholm. Constructed in 1893 and designed by the architect Agi Lindegren, it was one of the first museums in Europe to adopt a naturalistic approach to the display of zoological specimens. In one circular room, taxidermied Nordic animals appear in a 360-degree diorama, under natural light, against a backdrop painted by the once-prominent nature painter Bruno Liljefors. The intention was to re-create nature in the city. This synthesis of art, architecture, and science was a great technical feat in its time, but the result is far from the actual experience of nature. One could never get as close as one does in

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