Two works from the series The Distributed Presence of the Natural World are included in the summer salon at Candid Arts in Islington.
The salon runs from 7th to 14th August and is open daily 12-6pm. The Private View is Thursday 6th August 6-9pm.
First Floor Gallery, Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ
The series from which this work is taken is a follow on from Postcard from Another Place and work I have done on identity and the distributed presence.
The ability to create tools has been a key factor in the evolution of the human species. This project, For the Moment, emerges from explorations of how we shape our behaviour through the use of our personal technology. With our smartphones in particular, we are able to maintain a presence in the online virtual space regardless of the physical space we inhabit.
Our new technology enables us to connect and share, so no longer do we remain passive consumers of imagery but we actively construct imagery along with words to index our physical existence in the virtual space. We can now easily jump from the physical world to the virtual world through the scan of a code with our phones.
As the use of these new tools becomes normalised we define new social practice. Once, when people gathered together, they shared the same experience. Today in such group situations we will talk to people who are present, but we might also spend some time interacting with others who are not present. We are likely to fragment the time we spend with others by attending to our virtual life and not always being “in the moment” with those around us.
The digital camera in all its formats is a key tool of the new technological era. In making For the Moment I have taken the opportunity to look at some aspects of photography that are changing as a result of the evolving digital medium. This includes time as a characteristic of the photograph, the genre of the tableau in presenting social comment, manipulating digital images and using technology to create multi-media work. With this last aspect I endeavour to bring elements from outside the frame into the work itself.
For the Moment has been on show at Thought Atlas the MA Show 2013 at The Cass.
Image Search, a work that has evolved out of 10×8 will be on display at M_INTa show of work in progress by students at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, LMU.
As well as a preview of work by over 20 students, the Private View on Thursday March 14th will include various fundraising activities; M_INT Photo Booth, Silent Auction and raffles. The Silent Auction will provide visitors with an opportunity to buy work by established artists, and students at The Cass at VERY affordable prices.
The 10×8 Project will be exhibited as part of the MA Photography and MA Fine Art Interim Show at the Cass Gallery in March. 10×8 involved 10 artists editing 8 images. This project looks at digital photography on the Web and in particular, image search on the web. It also looks at the process of creating images in the digital era.
The MA Photography and MA Fine Art Interim Show will see 20 students from The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design and London Metropolitan University presenting their work at The Cass Gallery, located opposite the Whitechapel Gallery in Whitechapel High Street, London right above Aldgate East Underground Station.
“Why have IP at all? The reason is that creative labour is valuable and important. It is noble work, work that is worthy of recognition and reward. It is work that should be dignified with the grant of a small dollop of state power – a property right.” Professor Robert Merges from Justifying Intellectual Property 2011.
I have recently written a post on Copyright for the Digital Photography Project 10×8. Visit www.10×8.eu to read the article.
The digital photography project, 10×8 is now underway. 10 artists and 1 musician are contributing their edits to 8 photos I provide. The result is 1 digital image, a digital 10×8, with sound.
Check in at www.10×8.eu