Variablemedia Press Release 12
For Immediate Release 22nd June 2004


"Twinned With"
by the artist Cliona Harmey.

Starts 22nd June 2004 at
Further information at

Variablemedia is pleased to announce it’s latest project "Twinned With" by the artist Cliona Harmey. Beginning 22nd June 2004 at this work will develop online over a 40-day period.

The project starts with a series of photographic images taken by the artist along a walking route through an Irish coastal town; the small town she grew up in. They are presented in sequence, each one a clickable link to the next in the journey. The images have been created using a matchbox camera obsura attached to the lens of a digital video camera. This process of analogue filtering digital, obfuscates image detail, creating temporal vistas, which could be attributed to a multitude of places. During the 40-day project, Harmey will regularly replace a number of images in the sequence with similar photographs, images which copy the original compositions, taken whilst making journey’s through other locations.

Harmey sees her photographs as both material embodiment and metaphor for memory. Retracing a journey she took time and again as a child she captures the subject using a technique which suggests a falsification of history. By applying processes of repetition, replication and remixing to the original photographic narrative, she alludes to an experience of memory, one in which details, times and places can be rewritten according to the present. These evolving image sequences are not personal souvenirs but acknowledgements of the fragile nature of recorded experience.

Cliona Harmey is an Irish artist who works with a variety of media including video installation, photography and the Internet. She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions internationally;

‘Thaw 01’, The Institute of Communication and Culture, Iowa; ‘Tis’, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York; ‘Vdor Break 21’, Llubijana, Slovenia; ‘The Reading Room’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Harmey lives in Dublin and works as a lecturer in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design. This is her second project for Variablemedia.


Related Links

Cliona Harmey's personal website:

Definition and history of Camera Obscura:

Previous project for Variablemedia 'SeaPoint' hosted at Rhizome's Artbase: