'Things to Come', 2014
UV flatbed print on polyester foil
7 panels; each 5 parts (450 x 760 cm each)
Domanović looks at the history and development of technology through a gender-conscious lens. Her work specifically focuses on the point at which machine meets, interfaces and touches the human user.
In her first institutional solo exhibition in Scotland, at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow in 2014, Domanović focuses on the marginalised representation of women within popular science fiction film. Using the building’s position and architectural features, Domanović has re-contextualised the gallery by installing large sculptural prints on transparent foil. Films such as Blade Runner (1982), Demon Seed (1977), Alien (1979), Prometheus (2012) and Gravity (2013) form the source material for prints of objects that interact, or form an important part of the female characters’ narrative. These films deviate from the conventional representation of women in cinema: as mother, love interest or victim.
The material used is similar to the celluloid sheets historically used by animation houses to draw and layer cartoon animations. Domanović discovered that the mechanical filling in of the cartoon outlines was women’s work; the actual art-working was
reserved only for men. This repetitive activity echoes the work undertaken in the exhibition’s building 135 years ago when the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow was a telephone exchange staffed entirely by women, who were referred to as ‘computers’. Domanović’s exhibition is a multi-referential exploration of the role of women in technology, both past, present and in the fictive future.
Presented alongside Domanović’s exhibition ‘Things to Come’ is a collection of DVDs collated by the artist and Dr Leonie Cooper. It is the product of their discussion and research about science fiction and its significance today.