FURTHERFIELD GALLERY & SOCIAL SPACE: "The People’s Serpentine Gallery of North London"
Current Exhibition: Glitch Moment/ums
Open until 28 July 2013.
Curated by Rosa Menkman & Furtherfield.
Featuring artists Alma Alloro, Melissa Barron, Nick Briz, Benjamin Gaulon, José Irion Neto, Antonio Roberts and Ant Scott.
The artists in this exhibition exploit the malfunctions and bugs in the normal running of machine hardware and computer networks to make what is known as Glitch Art. These imaginative disruptions use different digital media tactics, exploiting software, hardware, video, sound and glitch textiles.
+ Last chance to SUBMIT && SHOW - 0P3NR3P0.NET Glitch Art Open Call
Glitch artists and enthusiasts are invited to add their work to GLI.TC/H 0p3nr3p0.net, a Glitch Art repository coded by and developed by Joseph 'Yølk' Chiocchi & Nick Briz for a last chance to be showcased at Furtherfield Gallery.
+ Read more Glitch As Symbolic Form, an essay by Rob Myers
A short historical journey of Glitch and on the use of Glitch as an artistic aesthetic that has accelerated with the democratization of new technologies.
GLI.TC/H 0p3nr3p0.net Open Call (2013), KindleGlitched (2012) by Benjamin Gaulon, Glitch Performance Antonio Roberts (2013).
Next Exhibition: Shu Lea Cheang and Mark Amerika
Date: Saturday 31 August - Sunday 20 October 2013
This exhibition by Mark Amerika (US) and Shu Lea Cheang (US/FR) at Furtherfield Gallery marks a significant moment for contemporary art. Amerika and Cheang are both 'net native' artists. They share many of the obsessions of the growing multitude of artists who have grown up with the net since the early 1990s.
They are also big "names" - internationally established artists who regularly show their work, to critical acclaim, at contemporary art galleries around the world. They have crossed over into the mainstream art world whilst maintaining a critical edge.
Shu Lea Cheang and Mark Amerika at Furtherfield Gallery provides a physical interface in a local setting in the heart of a North London park to the thriving, international, networked art scene.
Exhibition event: Seeds Underground Party
Saturday 31 August 2013, 2-5pm
As part of the Shu Lea Cheang and Mark Amerika exhibition, Furtherfield is pleased to host a Seeds Underground Party organised by Shu Lea Cheang.
In certain parts of the world, the vast farmlands have been colonised by genetically modified crops for our staple foods (i.e. wheat, soybeans, corns). Introduced 30 years ago, the transgenic biotechnology has since been commercialised by the patent-protected corporate sectors. Taking over the wholesale markets, the Herbicide-tolerant and pest-resistant seeds promise higher yields and profits without much ecological concerns.
Join us and bring your self-harvested homegrown seeds of sorts! Sign on to trade seeds, to adopt and germinate, to broadcast and track their distribution. Share some food, drinks and seeds stories while we celebrate the harvest season together in the relaxing setting of Finsbury Park.
+ More about Seeds Underground Party
LATEST REVIEWS, ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
Outsider Art: The Art Market's 'Cultural Capitalism' Moment. By Robert Jackson.
We all know what Outsider Art is, and the fallaciousness of the term - yet, why is the mainstream artworld suddenly turning towards it? Outsider artworks (echoing Dubuffet) are aesthetically valuable, precisely insofar as they haven't been created for the sole purpose of critique, nor for being deliberately market-friendly (the last point is quite contentious). They are what they are. Or at least, 'what they are' is grouped around a deviation from the mainstream 'norm'.
Neither Here Nor Then: Thomson and Craighead at Carroll / Fletcher Gallery. By Daniel Rourke.
Daniel Rourke reviews Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead's exhibition at the Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London, UK. This is the first survey exhibition bringing together a range of new and recent works. Interested in how information about the world is filtered through the prism of the world wide web, and other forms of information technology, Thomson & Craighead play with this data to create poetic, compelling works that ask fundamental questions about what it is to be human.
Drone: Camera, Weapon,Toy: The Aestheticization of Dark Technology. By Patrick Lichty.
Patrick Lichty in his essay explores the aestheticization of unmanned mobile devices more commonly known as drones. What emerges is a cultural landscape where a burgeoning remote air force polices the globe while the images generated by them elicit a perverse visual fascination amongst certain subcultures, whilst also being flown by techno-enthusiasts. What is developing is a complex set of relations that is abstracting power, interaction, and representation.
Mckenzie Wark in Conversation with Montgomery Cantsin. By Monty Cantsin.
Mckenzie Wark kindly met with Brooklyn’s Montgomery Cantsin on the 16th of May, 2013, in Manhattan. The two spoke briefly about philosophy, history, science, and technology. Wark's new book Spectacle of Disintegration was recently published by Verso. Wark is originally from Australia but now based in New York.
FURTHERFIELD GALLERY & SOCIAL SPACE:
McKenzie Wark at Furtherfield
On Saturday 25th May McKenzie Wark, the author of The Beach Beneath the Street, gave a talk at Furtherfield Gallery about his latest book The Spectacle of Disintegration - Situationist Passages Out of the 20th Century, in which he puts the work of the Situationists in a broader, deeper context.
Writer and academic Dr Richard Barbrook gave an introduction to Wark's work and to Situationism and its relevance to contemporary culture.
The Spectacle of Disintegration takes the reader through Guy Debord’s late films and his surprising work as a game designer, the political aesthetics of former Situationist T.J. Clark, the Fourierist utopia of Raoul Vaneigem, René Viénet’s earthy situationist cinema, Gianfranco Sanguinetti’s pranking of the Italian ruling class, and Alice Becker-Ho’s account of the anonymous language of the Romany.
Click here and listen or download a recording of the event - (thanks Richard Thomas!)
Movable Borders: The Reposition Matrix Workshop organised by Dave Young
As Part of the Movable Borders: Here Come the Drones! exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery during 11-26 May 2013. Dave Young, with participants investigated the weapons industry and intelligence agencies that operate in the background of the drone campaigns ongoing in the Middle East. Information was gathered through a diverse range of sources - from corporate publications to leaked document repositories. The research session examined the basis for collaborative development of a new world map: a diagram that exposes the complex networks of control and influence that exist at the core of the drone campaigns.
+ See images from the workshop on flickr.
Play Your Place: Play Southend
- an online game to draw, make and play your future town -
At Metal's Village Green festival last weekend Southenders discussed and drew the changes they would like to see in their future town. This the first in a series of place-based participatory arts projects developed by Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Mary Flanagan (Tiltfactor) to enable fuller participation by people (especially young people) in the formation of their communities
They played game levels created by other Southenders: 'Mr Chippy chooses the healthy option on the seafront', 'Free Parkour in Southend High Street!', 'The Tate Gallery at the Kursaal'. News for the maker launch and game building contests to follow soon. www.playsouthend.co.uk
Re-Opening Gameplay − The Game Platform at the ZKM. Start New Game! June 21, 2013
In the context of the Karlsruhe Science festival EFFEKTE the "World of Games" will be re-opened under the name "ZKM_Gameplay" at the 2nd floor of the ZKM | Media Museum. The newly designed exhibition on the theme and significance of the computer game purposes to unfold and sound out the multi-facetted layers of this medium with a critical gaze. Since its opening in 1997, numerous computer games have been presented in a permanent exhibition on the second floor of the ZKM | Media Museum, since these reflect an essential part of digitalized realities of life. For centuries new artistic, experimental, media-reflective as well as ‘serious’ forms of games have evolved. In the past decade alone, the cultural influence and economic power of the game has experienced enormous growth. Digital games also generate promises and equally vague fears.
Curator: Stephan Schwingeler and Bernhard Serexhe
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