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Daniel Leivick's exhibition of satellite collages is titled 'Heliopolis' after the city to which the mythical Phoenix bird carries the ashes of its predecessor after experiencing fiery death and rebirth. In this context, Heliopolis is a fictional city which resides in a world nearly identical to our own, a place where the primary contradictions of our society - annihilation and transcendence, determinism and agency, and rationality and madness - collide.
Heliopolis is built from appropriated imagery culled from online mapping resources like Google and Bing maps, powerful tools which not only aggregate and sort but also control the visual content of our new world. The map-like qualities of these images are intentionally altered in an effort to bring them to a place on the very shores of reality; a place where symbols and markings emerging from the landscape hover on the edge of intentionality and readability. In co-opting this type of content, the viewer is asked to consider this new form of visual power and the nature of the society from which it emerges.
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