[spectre] Exhibition: Networking the Unseen @Furtherfield 18 June - 14 August 2016

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Thu May 5 11:54:40 CEST 2016

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Networking the Unseen

Private view: Friday 17 June 2016, 6-9pm (register)
>From 18 June - 14 August 2016
Open 11am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday or by appointment

Five culturally and geographically disparate Australian artists – Gretta
Louw, Jenny Fraser, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, and Curtis Taylor – and
artists, including Neil Jupurrurla Cook, Isaiah Jungarrayi Lewis, and
Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson from the Warnayaka Art Centre in Central
Australia, present work situated at the intersection between avant garde
digital, media, and installation art, the sociological study of digital and
networked culture, and activism.

Networking the Unseen is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the
intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in
contemporary art. While digital networks manifest physically as tonnes of
cabling, and electrical or electronic devices, the social and cultural
impacts of the networks remain somehow invisible, eroding clearly felt
boundaries of geography, place, culture and language.

Together with artist and curator Gretta Louw, Furtherfield presents an
exhibition and event series that brings together concepts and experiences
of remoteness and marginalised cultures, with art-making in contemporary
society. It proposes a radical rethinking of widely accepted stereotypes
concerning the impact of networks on contemporary global cultures, digital
art, the avant garde, and indigenous art-making. It tackles subjects
ranging from digital colonialism and cultural marginalisation (or,
conversely, diversity/empowerment) within an increasingly connected, online
world to universal concerns around cultural change as a result of
technological migration. The exhibition extends our focus to the
extremities of the global digital network. It subtly proposes ways to claim
power back from centralising forces of control to use these tools for
positive change; for intercultural exchange and empowerment for
marginalised communities.

Tags: activism art, exhibition, digital print, installation, collaboration,
digital art, digital colonialism, digitalisation, multi-disciplinary
networks, social and cultural geography…
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