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‘Twelve Boxes of Earth’ is a multimedia narrative collage created by avant-garde writer Daniel O’Reilly

The twelve drawings, or hypergraphs, presented in this piece act as containers for visual dialogue in both a symbolic and allegorical sense: like ‘Dracula’s’ twelve boxes, (itself a form of biological-warfare,) a hidden narrative is contained by each image which unfolds through the activity of the viewer. These images are to be considered incubation units for the surreal mythologies lurking within the boxes. Spectators can ‘open the boxes’ to access these hidden worlds by scanning the QR code attached, which lead to all manner of new areas ripe for exploration: short stories, a surreal soundscape (in collaboration with soprano Laura Ingram Semillian,) handmade maps, photographic essays, and even an online labyrinth to be explored by the curious viewer eager for ludic experience.

At a time of global pandemic, ‘Twelve Boxes’ invokes the spectre of infection only to weave it into a larger narrative of ‘Gothic Capitalism’, of an infernal machinery, a succubus leeching off the living, and of the weapons of poetic counterpoint: of surrealist desire and its forbidden modes of production.

To accompany this exhibition, Daniel has published a new book of short stories entitled ‘Elliptical Passages’: handbound in felt and saddle-stitched, this book is available via the artist in a strictly limited, signed edition.

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Box No.1

Story: Death of an Artist


Box No.2

Audio: Landscape with a woman playing harmonium


Box No.3

Story: The Thing


Box No.4

Game: Labyrinth


Box No.5

Game: Labyrinth


Box No.6

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.7

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.8

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.9

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.10

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.11

Photographs: A Woman Disappeared


Box No.12

Game: Labyrinth



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