Avgang 2023: Isan Maher / The Lost Argo
The exhibition The Lost Argo is Isan Maher's graduation project in Master Fine Art (MFA).
The Lost Argo is an investigation into the disappearance of a spaceship using acoustic and visual evidence. The investigation focuses on what impact a technical glitch had on the emergency call and how it affected the accuracy of the spaceship's location parameters. Because of the glitch, a portion of the call, including critical information about the Argo position, was lost.
The work explores the fictional event's broader social and political context and sheds light on the systemic issues that may have contributed to the story's outcome. The analysis proposed in the film is not only significant for the fictional case of the missing spaceship, but resonates with the fields of emergency response and human rights. It underlines the importance of accurately documenting and analyzing information in crisis situations and highlights the potential consequences of technological failures.
The Lost Argo is a 07:40 minute video-installation.
Welcome to the opening of Isan Maher’s solo show, March 10th at 6:00 PM in Reception Gallery, KHiO.
Isan Maher is a Visual Artist and Storyteller based in Oslo. He works mainly with narration and performative video portraits. He weaves together fictional and real narratives, including events from his personal experience.
Maher's artist practice focuses on his interest in the aesthetics of the phone and communication modes such as phone apps and social media, ..etc. He is interested in how a package is conveyed from Egypt to Europe in a phone app, or how a glitch can corrupt a telephone call, or how an emergency call sounds underwater. His subjects are processed in an interdisciplinary manner including drawing, sculpting, and moving images.
In the last years Maher has received several art awards including, BKH Art Student Grant, Best Experimental Film, Venice Film Week Festival, 1 er Prize Jury Award, Cannes Art Film Festival, and FKDS Grant for developing the artistic practice.
Opening: Friday 10 March, 18:00 - 21:00
Viewing hours: 11 March - 19 March, 12:00 -15:00