If you ever owned a Sony Walkman, had a CD collection or can remember the floppy disk, then you might just “get” an art exhibition to be staged at Turf Projects next month which explores the ephemera of the digital world we inhabit.
Featuring the work of seven emerging and established artists, working across film, performance, sculpture and writing, “Last words, so it goes” looks at the uncharted digital legacies.
Stephen Cornford’s “Constant Linear Velocity” explores the physical space of digital storage with an assemblage of obsolete computer shells, and features the opening and closing of a disk drive.
Louis Henderson’s film “All that is Solid” sets out to explore the circulation of illegally exported electronic devices between the west and the developing world. In Accra, Ghana, the artist finds one of Africa’s largest electronic graveyards, where local groups extract the mineral worth of our abandoned technology.
Sasha Litvintseva’s “Immortality, home and elsewhere” uses Google maps like a virtual safari. In it, the artist-narrator moves from one suspended place to the next as we learn about the artist’s own personal brush with a nuclear disaster. Similarly, “A Door Has Opened”, addresses the audience from a place outside of time. In his work with neon words and objects simultaneously frozen and moving in space, Sam Austen exposes the physical and transient nature of film.
Daniela Zahlner’s installation “Keep Swimming” looks at the body’s relationship with new technology and its potential to fragment, reshape and augment experiences both real and virtual. Another body part — the hand — features as a motif in the installation “Cradle Game”, in which Linda Persson explores the uncanny side of technology. Influenced by early cinema and witchcraft, the artist engages with the flaws and failures of her equipment.
On opening night (June, from 5pm to 9pm) Francis Patrick Brady will invite the audience to participate in a discussion and role-play performance entitled “Universal Scenarios for Peace”.
The exhibition is curated by Jack Friswell, a Bristol-based artist who is a member of the artist collective Runaway Fleas and a co-founder of Turf Projects who has worked with the Tate Collection and other National Archives on the preservation and display of film and digital artworks.
The opening night is Friday, June 9, and the exhibition then runs to July 15 at Turf Projects, which is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. More details here: Turf Projects, Keeley Road, Croydon, London CR0 1TF
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