Art & Activism 31.8-8.10
Political and activist art is the theme for the first exhibition in
the autumn of 2006 at Mejan Labs. In a collaboration with the
British organization Furtherfield we present a number of artists
and organizations using technology to communicate a political
message. The participating artists are Heath Bunting, C6, Kate
Rich, Andy Deck and Eva and Franco Mattes
Heath Bunting was one of the pioneers within net art but has
lately more been working with different social and political based
projects in Bristol. As a pioneer within net art among other things
he sent out emails with false reviews, press releases etc. We will
show a number of these early pieces in the exhibitions. For further
Heath Bunting reading see www.irational.org
The artists group C6 will show their project Want &
Need, a project where the audience can SMS their wants and
needs, which will be screened in the gallery. They question if
people in general aren’t mixing up they actual needs with
what they want to have.
Kate Rich shows Feral Trade where she trades coffee
over social networks.
Andy Deck shows Glyphiti where the audience participate
through drawing and interacting with the software over Internet. www.artcontext.org/glyphiti
For Mejan Labs, Glyphiti is presented as a projection that shows an accelerated,
retrospective view of everything drawn from 2001-2006 by visitors
to the art-software website.
Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG) shows their project
vaticano.org where they published a new version of the official
Vatican web site.
To the exhibition Furtherfield produced the film 5+5=5
which will contribute to the context of the exhibition.
Participating artists and film makers are Mongrel, David Valentine,
Chris Dooks, Furtherfield, Michael Szpakowski, Simon Poulter, Anya
Also see www.furtherfield.org for more information.
With support from the British Council and
Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden