21/07/2021 - 19/09/2021
New Work - Digital & Installation
Bassam Al-Sabah - I AM ERROR
Gasworks presents the first solo exhibition in London by Belfast-based artist Bassam Al-Sabah. His work embraces the shape-shifting potential of computer-animated worlds, creating fantasy dreamscapes in which personal mythology, historical trauma and queer possibility intersect.
The exhibition at Gasworks explores the construction of masculinity in action-adventure video games. Presented in an immersive cinematic environment, Al-Sabah’s new CGI films confront the armouring of the male body in gaming culture by queering its military ethos from within.
The centrepiece is a 28-minute-long animation projected on to a large curved screen. It features a collection of cinematic sequences from an imaginary game in which the hero’s body is constantly in flux, undergoing metamorphoses as a result of his encounter with other lifeforms, whose physical touch makes him vulnerable to change, threatening his identity and selfhood.