24 Jul — 09 Oct 2021
REVEALING THE INTERCONNECTS BETWEEN ONLINE CULTURE AND HUMAN LIFE
Following a year in which we have all become more reliant on digital technologies than we could ever previously have imagined, Outside The Algorithm investigates digital culture, questioning our position as online observers and dares to ask what has this accelerated reliance on technology done for our mental health?
The exhibition, at The Exchange in Penzance, offers a stimulating space for interaction and reflection, with a range of media and artworks including interactive projections, a controversial electric-acoustic radio album, experimental film from international female artists, creative coding and meditative GIFs.
Artists and works featured include Damjanski, a contemporary Yugoslavian artist living in a browser, and his experimental software called bye bye camera, an app that seeks to remove any human presence from cityscapes with a taste of the uncanny valley.
Martin Vargic, Slovakian author and artist is best known for his Map of the Internet (2014) originally inspired by a map of the internet created by xkcd showing the most popular social networks as countries and regions, back in 2010. The map is divided between software companies, gaming companies and some of the more real-life oriented websites.
Award-winning interdisciplinary artist Rhiannon Armstrong presents The Slow GIF Movement. Rhiannon brings her own and other people’s lived experience of neurodivergence to an understanding of how GIF culture is currently increasing the hostility of online spaces, and seeks to rectify that with the creation of calming, gently looping GIFs. Rhiannon will also host a workshop around online practice which focuses on an artist-led response to online landscapes.
Chez Conversations, an all-female arts collective, present The Age of Misinformation; a short film by Liza Voloshin that explores how technology alters our senses. The film features poetry by Cleo Wade, music by Margot and Mia Moretti and psychology research by Kate Greer. The Life Game is an interactive series about people who find themselves lost, lonely, and surrounded by self-centered technologies. The series explores their whirlwind relationship as they become more dependent on screens and metamorphosise into both the unknown and the forgotten.
Cyber feminist Laurence Rassel and trans-activist Terre Thaemlitz present an excerpt from their electro-acoustic radio drama album (with spoken word), which examines gender politics and features Peggy Phelan, the American feminist scholar. The cutting-edge work was deemed so controversial that German Public Radio banned it from broadcast.
Peter Freeman, an international lighting artist based in West Cornwall creates light sculptures and light installations using neon and LEDs, including the epic illuminated glass façade of The Exchange. For this show he has been commissioned to create bespoke lighting inspired by gaming desk and lighting aesthetics.
Inspired by a new wave of young creatives forging their practice through online platforms, this exhibition will host a programme of creative workshops for young audiences to develop digital skills throughout the summer.
In partnership with Yew! Magazine and supported by Cultivator these digital workshops are aimed at young creatives to help them to develop an online presence. The sessions will include introductions on how to sell and make NFTs, a crypto asset which records ownership of a digital item, such as an image, video or text, on blockchain. It will also cover how to start your own podcast.
Join us on SAT 24 JUL to celebrate the launch of our Summer Exhibition Programme
- NEWLYN ART GALLERY open 19.00 – 20.30
Join us from 19.00 for a look at the exhibitions, In Your Hands, and Facing The Sun by Kitty Hillier. At 19.15 there will be a welcome from James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, an introduction to In Your Hands from curator Blair Todd, and an introduction to Outside The Algorithm from curator Heather Pasfield.
- THE EXCHANGE open 19.30 – 21.30
Enjoy a look at the exhibitions, Outside The Algorithm and work by Shelley Anderson, plus top tunes from DJ Chewy from 20.00 in the cafe area.
We suggest starting your evening at Newlyn Art Gallery and then moving on to The Exchange if you would like to visit both venues on the night. You can, of course, go to just one
FREE entry, and all welcome. Pay bar at both venues, and food at The Exchange.