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.
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.
Patrick Lichty has some intriguing questions regarding conceptions of New Aesthetics in its various forms, in terms of interaction with the program/device and its level of autonomy from the user. It includes looking at different aspects of Glitch, Algorism, Drone imagery, satellite photography and face recognition.
Marc Garrett writes about Heath Bunting's Status Project in the age of the Netopticon. Garrett considers the worth and social context of humans as data, submersed in frameworks and protocols, designed by a neo-liberal elite for a generic consumer class. Bunting's work is well placed for observation and practical research into the 'depths' of legal and illegal territories, whilst our contemporary identities are being collected on mass as we ride into the maelstrom of constant surveillance.
Taina Bucher interviews curator Gaia Tedone about her online curatorial project called 'Is Seeing Believing?' as part of the TRUTH programme at or-bits.com. An online platform for the commissioning, production and display of contemporary arts and critical writing. She has been involved in a number of art projects and worked with institutions such as Whitechapel Gallery, James Taylor Gallery, The David Roberts Art Foundation and Tate Modern
Rob Myers reviews Peter Lunenfeld's new publication 'The Secret War Between Downloading & Uploading: Tales Of The Computer As Culture Machine'. A vivid new conceptualization of threats to and the promise of networked computers as culture machines and presenting a new way of looking at the cultural struggle for control of the Internet, whilst managing to avoid, singularization, fantasy and anthropological despair, and reaching a surprising conclusion.
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