Monday, August 08, 2005

Low-fi: new works by international artists using networked media

low-fi (a collective to which I belong) has launched its not-really-eponymous show at Stills in Edinburgh: Low-fi: new works by international artists using networked media. I mention it here because I'm a self-aggrandising egomaniac and also because I think the six artists in the show are in league with photographers who put their photographs online, in at least one interesting way. Viz. all are quite consciously and purposively materialising networks, an act which sort of splits in three: in doing so, they are 1. revealing the pre-existence of those networks, their workings 2. materialising those networks as if for the first time and 3. sitting back and seeing what happens once the network is visible and in action (because, who can predict). Photographers use photographs and cameras and computers and software and stories and links and friends and family and places; the artists in "low-fi" use (in order of the artists, as they are listed below): world maps, newspapers, scrolls + webcams, metaphysical search engines, the most popular and most hunted African animals, coffee trade routes, and live sonic input (plus, in all cases, the internet—our uber-network). Here are the show details:

6 August – 02 October 2005
Open daily 11am – 6pm

Stills, 23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP

Mauricio Arango (Colombia/US)
Cavan Convery (UK)
James Coupe (UK)
Radarboy (South Africa/Japan)
Kate Rich (UK)
UK Museum of Ordure (UK)

Low-fi commissions exist to support the production of new artworks that use networked technologies. Although these artworks thrive on the internet, in this exhibition the artists use sound, projection and other methods to inhabit the physical space of the gallery. They work in tangible, engaging and sensory ways to convey ideas about our relationships with the media, technology and digital and commercial networks.

Among the works, Kate Rich forges new routes of import while Mauricio Arango's map of the world reveals how international news media is creating new cartography. James Coupe's sound installation dispenses wisdom gathered from metaphysical travels on the net, while the UK Museum of Ordure invite you to add to their gradually degrading sound files.
Throughout the exhibition, the works react and grow in response to visitors' input - unroll familiar contemporary technologies as one would ancient scrolls in Cavan Convery's Vertical Scroll and take responsibility for the maintenance of radarboy's Big Five Digital Zoo.

Low-fi is an artist collective focused on net art, mediation and distribution systems.
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