Program Your Retroactive Wish

2 May 2018 – 5 May 2018

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Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

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Catalyst Arts

Belfast, United Kingdom


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Catalyst Arts 25th Year Members Show


  you are a programmed tape recorder set to record and playback     listen to your present time tapes and you will begin to see who you are and what you are doing here    mix yesterday in with today and hear tomorrow your future rising out of old recordings

                  who programs you

                  who decides what tapes play back in present time

                  who plays back your old humiliations and defeats holding you in prerecorded present time

                  you don’t have to listen to that sound

                  you can program your own playback

                  you can decide what tapes you want played back in present time

William S. Burroughs

Regret is a way of relating to objects and actions of the past, connecting our desires and wills to what we do and what we make.  The Members Show this year takes the idea of regret – the retroactive wish – as a potentially compelling way of seeing what we’ve made and of bringing an element of looking-back into the present.  Clément Rosset summarises Schopenhauer, saying that regret has no meaning; to do something different would have been to want something different.  Even without meaning, a retroactive wish might carry something – the ghost of an intention, a persistent illusion.

Catalyst members have all been invited to show a piece of work in any medium – work that they have made recently, that they have willed into existence, suspending or embracing the possibility of retroactive wishes.  


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