A collection of full-scale concrete barriers, painted in Yves Klein’s trademark blue, rest in an untidy pile on a gallery floor. Nearby, a video plays on a loop, displaying the blue barriers as they drift in the perpetual free fall of a virtual space. It’s a scene that speaks to the strange and uncertain divides between images and objects in our digital world. It’s also the scene that first greets visitors when they encounter Tom Borgas’s Barriers IRL.
Showing at FELTspace, the exhibition looks at how we experience both the separation and the convergence between images (the digital) and objects (so-called real life). “I’m interested in how media technology has shaped our perception,” explains Borgas. “Unless it fails, media generally has a transparency and I’m intrigued with the origins and the politics of that.”