⇧ 30 MAY – 14 JUNE
⇨EMPTY AVENUES (BEST OF SEASON 1)
⇩LIAM O’ BRIEN
Empty Avenues is an imaginary television sitcom that depicts the trials and tribulations of living in a share house with ‘the void’ – a materialisation of universal nothingness. Empty Avenues is also a reimagining of the artists’ daily life through the narrative and visual conventions of television sitcoms. By doing so, O’Brien is exploring the agency of narrative identity – an area of psychology that describes how an individuals’ understanding of self, the values and goals that they possess, and their place within society is grasped within the context of a self-generated and ever-changing historical narrative. However, Empty Avenuesis also (re-) presented in the style of a YouTube ‘Best of’ compilation. Such compilations remove scenes from the chronological and narrative contexts that are required to understand their meanings. Therefore, while Empty Avenues seeks to generate meaning, the compilation of its scenes affectively denies any – resulting in a manifestation of the Absurd.