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Discover Primavera 2016 : Ruth McConchie

Ruth McConchie

Limbic System

The limbic system is evident in the head twitches and the nausea so typical of VR experiences, along with the dilation of the pupils, the stimulation of the sweat glands, the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in large muscles, the heart rate increase, the bronchial tubes’ expansion and so many more. All of these physical responses occur within our bodies without our cognitive awareness.

Ruth McConchie’s Oculus Rift world begins in the real: situating us in the gallery spaces, she then pulls the viewer away from the physical world, down through the watery subterranean spaces beneath the MCA. The world then opens to reveal a vignette of the site’s ulterior histories. Both real and imagined, the social histories of The Rocks and its surrounds collide in a non- linear implosion of time and space.

Artist bio

Born 1987, Heidelberg, Germany. Lives and works Brisbane

Based in Brisbane, Ruth McConchie completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2008 and a Master of Arts by Research at Queensland University of Technology in 2014 and was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s 2013 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship for artists and students aged 25 years and under. McConchie’s work has featured in Fresh Cut 2013: Part II at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art; First Draft, Sydney; LEVEL, Brisbane; Boxcopy, Brisbane; Metro Arts Galleries and Blindside in Melbourne.

a table with old fashioned phone on top

Ruth McConchie salines, sirius, obelisk 2016, installation view, Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2016, virtual reality environment, colour, sound, 4:30 minutes, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Jacquie Manning