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How much do we really live in the ‘real world’? In an age where we’re spending more time on social media and all kinds of entertainment is readily available, it could be argued that we’re becoming increasingly detached from reality. This disconnect has become a major source of inspiration for John Lawrence, whose new film Sickly Revelations* comes to Sunderland’s Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art from this month. The three-part film, which features a soundtrack by Mark Good, centres on the banal observations of an everyman narrator, focusing on his home cinema system and pieces of AV equipment on his floor. The unnamed narrator could be any of us, thus encouraging the viewer to ask why we feel such a strong connection to technology as opposed to other objects.

The short series of films is accompanied by a city-wide poster campaign using enigmatic phrases. Beginning with the words ‘some people,’ the posters are not only a list of some of the negative traits contemporary society has brought about but their placement asks passers-by to pay more attention to their concrete surroundings. Prepare to be reconnected to the real world.

John Lawrence’s Sickly Revelations* comes to NGCA, Sunderland from Saturday 2nd July until Saturday 24th September.

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