The “As rights Go By” exhibition at freiraum Q21 aimed to unfold the irregularities of a ‘regular legal system’ in today's postdemocratic societies. The 15 works on show, curated by Sabine Winkler, focused on the complex dynamics of this system and on the sociopolitical asymmetries that it allows.
What kind of digital content do we consume and what culture do we create? How are we “feeding” today’s digital markets? How ephemeral is digital Pop culture? Under the theme of Digital Pop, Athens Digital Arts Festival 2016 aimed to capture the different aspects of Pop in the digital era, focusing on the response of artists and users alike.
For the exhibition „Manifesto“ Julian Rosefeldt collaged the texts of numerous manifestos — from Futurism to Pop Art, Conceptual Art or Dogma 95 - into poetic and entertaining monologues. Forming new narratives into thirteen videos, manifesto collages are brought to life by unexpected characters in different contexts.
The Critical Atlas of the Internet, Louise Drulhe’s latest project, is a virtual and physical exploration of Internet space. Wishing to represent the geography and architecture of the unseen, Druhle includes cyber-spatial analysis in her practice and reflects on sociological, political and economical issues. Louise Drulhe talks to Chloe Stavrou about her work.
Mathias Fuchs reviews Gerald Raunig's latest book, which examines the concept and the genealogy of “dividuum”. Locating its roots in Epicurean and Platonic philosophy and referring to its controversial dispute in medieval philosophy, Raunig argues the term has gained a new relevance in the era of machinic capitalism today.
Can citizens today read, confront and resist infrastructures of surveillance? Teresa Dillon's latest project at the Seventeen, Art Centre in Aberdeen prompts reflections on solidarity, literacy and symbolism within digital civic governance, inviting us to become architects of our own knowledge and action.
Revisiting the Curious World of Art & Hacktivism, is the first of a series of articles exploring how contemporary artists engaged with technology and activism are transcending established art behaviours. Crossing over into territories that reflect not only social and political contexts, but new dialogues of experiencing and understanding art. The politics of today becomes the background, the material and canvas of imaginative and critical play.
Furtherfield recently received a hard copy of The Telekommunist Manifesto in the post, written by Dmytri Kleiner. After reading the Manifesto it was obvious that it was pushing the debate further regarding networked, commons-based and collaborative endevours. Marc Garrett interviews Dmytri about the Manifesto, its concepts and other projects created by the Telekommunist Collective.
Daniel Rourke visits the Photographers' Gallery in central London and reviews their latest exhibit One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age by artists Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, on THE WALL. Over an eight week period (18 April - 17 June 2013) they feature a non-stop stream of video captures of what they term as the lost city and its archival ruins. A documentation of a past visual culture of the web and the creativity of its users with new pages changing every 5 minutes. The project provides a glimpse into web publishing when users were in charge of design and narration in contrast to the automated templates of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.
Robert Jackson journeys into the realms of Accelerationism and Ordinaryism. Accelerationism has achieved potency by merging Enlightenment principles within the guise of complex systems and networked protocols. Ordinaryism proceeds in the same question in its own framework: the question of the everyday within automated systems. We might indeed change the world, but in most cases, it feels like the ordinary changes us.
Rob Myers takes us on a short historical journey of Glitch as an aesthetic signifier of technological presence that dates back at least to the 1980s. Referencing the Vaught-Kampf machine in Blade Runner (1982), the titular character in Max Headroom (1985). And how the use of Glitch as an artistic aesthetic in itself has accelerated with the democratization of new technologies.
As founder/director of the Media Archeology Lab in Colorado, Lori Emerson has (since 2009) been surrounding herself with "dead" media technologies in order to help make sense of (and critique) today's much-hyped alive ones. Montgomery Cantsin conducted this interview upon the release of Lori's new book, Reading Writing Interfaces.
Deep Water Web is a poetic essayistic meditation around phenomena straddling contemporary and historical geopolitical contexts of the UK and Australia; a continuous hyperlandscape, an environment composed from local manifestations of global ecologies, between points in the northern and southern hemispheres in the UK and Australia, online and in the physical space of Furtherfield Gallery.
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Artist collective THEY ARE HERE invite you to play with and test software that allows wireless-enabled computers and mobile devices to directly form a spontaneous communication network independent of the internet. Across a series of drop-in sessions facilitated by THEY ARE HERE, games and experiments will be trialled as part of the development process for their forthcoming exhibition at Furtherfield in October 2016.
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