Technology is restructuring our communication methods, transforming our perceptions and interactions with our environment, and rendering the physical realm comparatively cumbersome and slow. Disconnected from the modern digital world, these material structures and the systems in which they once functioned are obsolete. With the simplicity and directness of a symbolic form, each structure withholds its message, alluding to a relic from a forgotten language.
The Illusion of Purpose explores ideas of materiality, monumentality and the sculptural, questioning the relevance of the physical in our increasingly virtual age, and in a world of communication hijacked by technology.
The Illusion of Purpose was created in 2015-2017 at various coastal locations around the UK and Ireland.
Victoria J Dean is a photographic artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has exhibited and been published internationally. Her work is part of the David Kronn Collection, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection, the Office of Public Works State Art Collection (Ireland), and a number of private collections in the UK and Ireland.
The book, The Illusion of Purpose, was published by Another Place Press in 2018.
© text and pictures by Victoria J Dean