We are pleased to present OUTSOURCED, a two-part exhibition project organised by or-bits.com for Banner Repeater's serial publication: UN-PUBLISH.
Or-bits.com is an online curatorial project curated by Marialaura Ghidini, devoted to exploring the ways by which we 'perceive', that promotes practices and dialogues across and beyond media, furthering exploration into site-specificity in relation to online/offline production.
By presenting two consecutive solo projects by graphic designer/artist Tara Kelton and co-director of Museum of Vestigial Desire, Prayas Abhinav, UN-PUBLISH: OUTSOURCED explores the notion of outsourcing in its relationship with the users' cultures and logics emerging from communicating through web-based services and online platforms.
Contributing to Banner Repeater's: UN-PUBLISH serial publication, and in conjunction with the multiple modes of dissemination of artworks that Banner Repeater offers, such as free distribution of artists publications from the reading room and public space of Platform 1 at Hackney Downs rail station in London, Kelton and Abhinav have developed two new bodies of work to be experienced from different locations: at Banner Repeater project space, in the UN-PUBLISH publication printed on paper 2.04 and 2.05 and at or-bits.com.
13 Sept – 13 Oct 2013
<< In her film review of The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010), Zadie Smith despises Facebook's normalcy as defined by its autistic computer-nerd founders. “Maybe the whole internet simply becomes like Facebook: falsely jolly, fake-friendly, self-promoting, sickly disingenuous.” Smith asks if we shouldn't struggle against this pacification. “We were going to live online. It was going to be extraordinary. Yet, what kind of living is this? Step back from your Facebook Wall for a moment: Doesn't it, suddenly, look a little ridiculous? 'Your' life in 'this' format?
Geert Lovink, Networks Without a Cause, 2011 Cambridge: Polity Press; p.41>>
Curators' talk: or-bits.com and Banner Repeater in conversation.
Sunday 6 October 2013, 2-3pm as part of Art Licks Weekend 2013
Ami Clarke of Banner Repeater and Marialaura Ghidini of or-bits.com will disscuss the UN-PUBLISH programme and the development of this exhibition project.
MUSEUM OF VESTIGIAL DESIRE
18 Oct – 17 Nov 2013
with a performance on the idea of Self by the Museum co-director Prayas Abhinav at 7.30pm at Banner Repeater project space.
The Museum of Vestigial Desire is an online platform funded and co-directed by Prayas Abhinav in collaboration with Alishan Shahibaug. The Museum is a textual presence, a publishing entity which seeks to enable access to residual particles of human desire which have been cached at remote sites and are made available locally via software on a web browser. Its function is that of a portal which enshrines these fragments of desire in language, thereby confronting the contemporary culture of the visual which continuously shapes our forms of communication, and thus our drives and the manifestations of our selves.
In a time when the ever-changing aggregations of images created by corporations are incessantly distributed and mediated by technological devices, the Museum of Vestigial Desire asks its audience to take a step back and replace the act of envisioning through images with that of seeing through reading; questioning our assumptions about the faculty of vision. For UN-PUBLISH: OUTSOURCED, the Museum of Vestigial Desire, maintaining its original essence as a feed of text, will invite the viewer to break with the current ever-morphing flux of cultural material and instead to sit and read, to stop and listen.
As a guest presence inhabiting different contexts of display - the project space at Banner Repeater, the UN-PUBLISH 2.05 publication and or-bits.com - the Museum will speculate upon a future age in which there might be “nothing to show, nothing to see and nothing to disclose”. It will perform itself by enacting a new episode of browsing activity, offering a reading experience of its published books, journals and videos. This new episode of browsing, as a whole, will propose reflections upon the ways in which “reading without seeing” might materialise and potential modes of being without being seen; it will disclose a system constructed by the museum's directors by performing a process of cultural analyses upon human desires. This system, as an interconnected display, might then reveal how human desires are often formed around the false emotions generated by the visually-driven and automated interactions which are so common in our technologically-driven society. Desires and drives will be stripped down to their essence through language, which is employed here as a possible vehicle to awaken real emotions.
During the exhibition, Prayas Abhinav will present a series of live talks on or-bits.com, from Saturday 19 October to Saturday 26 October 2013. The talks will take place at the Banner Repeater project space and both the online audience and gallery visitors will be able to engage with Abhinav. Talks will be scheduled as follows:
Saturday 19 October; 2pm: SOURCE
Sunday 20 October; 2pm: CHANNEL
Tuesday 22 October; 10am: HOLOGRAM
Wednesday 23 October; 10am: ORIENTATION
Thursday 24 October; 10am: IDENTIFIER
Friday 25 October; 2pm: PACKAGING
Saturday 26 October; 2pm: DISTRIBUTION
on www.or-bits.com and at Banner Repeater project space.
For more details about the exhibition download the PR at or-bits.com and go to the Museum.
* UN-PUBLISH is a series of critical works published on paper which are determined by ideas of shifting time and labour relations which are intrinsic to Banner Repeater’s location and which focus on the co-evolution of humans and technology.
Into Practice Book Sprint
Saturday 16 November 2013, 10am-5pm.
Into Practice, a collective of UK-based artists, curators and researchers that exists to provide knowledge which facilitates practice, will organise a one-day Book Sprint exploring the themes of the exhibition with invited participants.