12 practitioners will take part in the INFRA_SPECTION cycle, producing work which gives form to the idea of #stacktivism .
As the digital divide and post‐internet discourses disperse and diversify, the INFRA_SPECTION residency artists and creative technologists will focus on giving form to the idea of #stacktivism – a popular critical conversation and line of enquiry around infrastructures (physical, political and social) and the relationship we have to them.
The residencies enable emerging and mid-career artists an opportunity to produce new work, on a major public platform.
Residencies at The White Building are supported by Bloomberg under the Bloomberg ON collaboration with SPACE.
2014-2015 residency artists include:
KARI ALTMANN (USA)
Kari Altmann is an American artist and cultural technologist working at the complex intersection of formats and motives that occur in the back end of production today. Memes, brands, trends, microcultures, algorithms, social media, prosumer software, and other communal imaging systems are all put to use in a restructured ecosystem of content which flows through multiple platforms, almost faster than art product or identity can keep up with.
KEI KREUTLER (USA)
Kei Kreutler’s work in applications, installation, and text focuses on the relationship between interfaces and data, emphasizing open source models of design and developing platforms to increase technical literacy and agency.
Work during this residency will critically examine tools for quantifying and reporting qualitative personal data.
BYRON PETERS (UK)
Byron Peters is an artist and writer who works between London, Vancouver and San Francisco. His work focuses on the politics of labour models influenced by the digital age and networked culture.
REVITAL COHEN and TUUR VAN BALEN (UK)
Hackney-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s work is occupied with broad meanings of material and production. They will be producing a new piece of work during the INFRA_SPECTION residency which comprises an artificial mineral mined from technological artifacts.
ERICA SCOURTI (UK)
Erica Scourti is an artist and writer, born in Athens, now living in London. She works with text, video and performance to explore online identities and explores the differences between personal and collective experience through language and technology.
GRETCHEN (ANDRUS) ANDREW (UK)
Shoreditch-based, American artist Gretchen (Andrus) Andrew started painting in San Francisco after becoming convinced that the internet can teach you anything. Previously an employee of Google, her application of cutting edge technologies to traditional oil painting has received attention from The Victoria & Albert Museum and The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Gretchen was selected to be part of Google’s “Glass Explorer Program” based on her interest in using the hands-free-wearable technology to share her artistic process.
HUW LEMMEY (UK)
Huw Lemmey is an artist and writer based in London. He writes on digital culture, sexuality and politics, as well as writing fiction and plays. He is co-director of Limazulu Project Space, an artist-run space in North London that focuses on the intersections between art, politics and technology, and sometimes works under the name @spitzenprodukte.
MATTHEW PLUMMER FERNANDEZ (UK)
British/ Colombian artist and designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez makes work that critically and playfully examines the socio-technical tensions in emerging technologies and culture. Fernandez’s interests lie in the use of bots, automation and algorithms to explore the complex relationship between human and machine.
ROSEMARY KIRTON (UK)
Rosemary Kirton creates essays, articles, interviews, events and artworks and is increasingly becoming acknowledged for her projects which explore gender and identity focused Digital culture. She uses the medium of the internet to remix popular digital artifacts into critical parody - an agent provocateur DJ of Tumblr images.
SAMUEL KENSWIL & CHRIS TIMMS (UK)
Samuel Kenswil is an artist whose work produces affection from technological structures. His most recent series works through a romantic relationship between an Earthling and a piece of space debris.
Chris Timms is an innovative Irish artist who uses blogs and GIFs to research abstract and experimental art in new, tactile forms.
Their project at The White Building will explore a range of ‘stacks’ stemming from research conducted around the Apollo submarine cable in Bude as a visible and non-neutral site of ‘ugly’ infrastructure.