From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition brings together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.
This exhibition displays emerging technologies, the ways in which they will affect our lives in the near future, and what choices we have, as citizens, to influence their development.
The world of tomorrow is shaped by the designs and technologies emerging today. From smart appliances to satellites, this exhibition brings together more than 100 objects either newly released or in development that point towards where society might be headed. Although some may seem straight out of science fiction, they are all real, produced by research labs, universities, designers’ studios, governments and corporations.
Guided by ethical and speculative questions, we invite you to step into four scenarios – self, public, planet and afterlife – each evoking increasing scales of technological impact. How might these objects affect the way you live, learn and even love?
The undeniable physical reality of these objects may give the impression that the future is already fixed. But new things contain unpredictable potentials and possibilities, often unanticipated even by their creators. It is up to us – as individuals, as citizens and even as a species – to determine what happens next. While the objects here suggest a certain future, it is not yet determined. The future we get is up to us. The future starts here.
Are cities still for everyone? This section explores the public realms of cities, politics and networks, the places where we come together to collectively make decisions. People get together to crowdfund everything from bicycles to bridges, or to leak governmental secrets and generate new currencies. In face of this, Does democracy still work? The future of public and civic spaces lies between two competing forces: the top-down strategies of an increasingly small number of companies and governments, and the bottom-up tactics of an increasingly large number of people. Which will thrive?
Exhibition includes my Estonian E-Residency ID card.
This exhibition comprises a trilogy of interconnected works that examines the role of technology and data and how it relates to the human condition in an age of hyper information. In a world dominated by digital media and the instant accessibility of information, his practice crosses the boundary between art and science to reveal the paradox of the promise of infinite knowledge and an absolute vision against its impossibility due to the transient nature of human perception.
The Fundamental Units: The lowest denomination coin from each of the world’s 166 active currencies are photographed to vast scale using an infinite focus, optical 3D microscope. Printed to a size of 1.2 x 1.2 metres from files with over 400 million pixels, the hyper-real level of detail, beyond normal vision, reveals the material construction and make-up of the coin together with the marks and traces from their circulation and use as tokens of exchange.
A Planetary Order: This is a 3D scale model of the earth showing cloud cover from one single moment in time. Raw information from one second’s worth of readings from all six cloud monitoring satellites overseen by NASA and ESA is transformed into a physical visualisation of real-time scientific data that delicately outlines and profiles the clouds emerging across the sphere. The sphere, or globe, has no added colour, only the sculpted whiteness of the raw material that throws a maze of faint shadows across the structure.
Text Trends: This looks at our perception of words and data when displayed in graphical form. Through animation, it uses Google data to explore the content generated by search queries and reduces this process to its essential elements: search terms -vs- frequency searched over time, presented in the form of a graph. The viewer watches the animation plot out the ebb and flow of search terms generated by internet users around the world. Pairs of words such as ‘now and later’ and ‘summer and winter’ play out matter-of-factly, with all the passion of a market index. Originally an animation, it has also been commissioned as a series of prints.
I Wanted to See All of the News From Today: collects everyday over 600 front covers of newspapers from around the world.
The Berlin Art Prize is pleased to announce the list of nominated artists for the Berlin Art Prize 2016. Chosen from a pool of over 600 Berlin-based applicants through a multi-stage selection process, the nine nominees selected by the jury are:
Martin John Callanan
Regina de Miguel
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Of the nine nominated artists selected by the jury (Karen Archey, Kito Nedo, Emeka Ogboh, Ahmet Öğüt and Susanne Winterling) and presented in the exhibition and catalog, three will be selected as winners of the Berlin Art Prize. The three winning artists will be awarded a trophy created for the occasion by Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno, prize money and a four-week residency in Georgia.
The exhibition will present a broad spectrum of artistic positions – including sculpture, installation, photography, performance and conceptual art. In contrast to previous years, the exhibition will focus on the nominee’s individual artistic positions, with multiple works from each artist.
The exhibition opening on November 11, 2016 will be followed by a special program of events, performances and lectures during the exhibition. All nine positions will also be documented in a publication which will be released on the occasion of the opening. The winners will be announced live for the first time at the awards ceremony at Kühlhaus Berlin on the evening of December 10, 2016 followed by an after party.
( Opening )
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7pm
After Party starting at 10pm
( Award Ceremony )
Saturday, December 10, 2016
After Party starting at 10pm
( Location )
Luckenwalder Straße 3
The exhibition will be open November 12 – December 10, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 6pm.
Each and Every Command documents, as on ongoing archive, over twelve years of edits I have made in the popular image editing software Adobe Photoshop (from version 8). Presented in readable text, each and every action, edit, change, mistake, or creation that I have made to my own work, and on behalf of other people, on any computer, from 23 December 2003 until today is recorded in unredacted form. Printed as one complete copy over 15,873 pages on mid-grey A4 paper and bound within eleven archive folders, the 27,504,497 million characters comprise 4,114,676 words over 198,605 lines of text. Equivalent to eight times the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
To celebrate the first exhibition of the archive, the full record is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store, as the largest ebook ever released. For the next five days, the duration of the Baltic 39 exhibition, the ebook will be free to download.
Guillem Bayo, Clara Boj i Diego Díaz, Martin John Callanan, Grégory Chatonsky, Thierry Fournier, Varvara Guljajeva i Mar Canet, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nicolas Maigret, Katie Paterson, Antoine Schmitt, Thomson and Craighead, Addie Wagenknecht, Carlo Zanni
In our society accelerated, time becomes a main concern as we try to keep abreast of major events taking place globally and react to events. We live in a state of permanent connection that leads to anxiety of being part of a present that is not his own, but describing the media and social networks.
The term real time (real time) refers to the ability to display, communicate or react to events when they occur. This term, which is commonly used in computer science, in the media and in all types of stories, denotes a process that occurs synchronously with time the viewer or user. This immediacy means, for example, the ability to interact with a virtual environment, reporting on current events or tell a story that develops over time naturally. This individual is connected with present external or shared driving part of this issue or present an answer. The “real time” is also linked to “be there” or Dasein in the interpretation of Martin Heidegger, which refers to the relationship between the individual and the environment, and indicates that we are all linked to the world we live in and in which we participate. The concept also leads us to question what is “real time” as we measure time and how this measure is relative, but determines our perception of reality.
In the art world, time is a crucial element in a fact often ignored: the length of contemplation of works of art by the viewer. As indicated by Boris Groys, while in traditional media the necessary time for contemplation is determined by the user, process-based temporary art (new media, video and performance) passes this control to work. Usually, the artworks are a special time or action bounded in time, but what happens when a work is developed in the “continuous present” constantly changing and subject to endless process?
“Real Time. Art Real time “presents a selection of contemporary art in which the concept of” real time “has a leading role, either by questioning the relativity of time, using data extracted in real time Internet or their intention to create a vision today, “realistic” and the ever-changing times in which we live. Some of the selected works are fed information that appears on the media, while others extract data from various sources, establish a production process in real time or propose a questioning of the way we measure time and to relate to the present. The technologies we use today in our everyday lives have a major role in these pieces, which brings reflections on time in an area very close to the audience, which in some cases can interact with the work and about others do not know. [Google Translate]
En la nostra societat accelerada, el temps es converteix en una preocupació principal a mesura que intentem mantenir-nos al dia dels grans esdeveniments que tenen lloc a escala global i reaccionar davant dels fets. Vivim en un estat de connexió permanent que ens porta a l’ansietat de formar part d’un present que no és el propi, sinó el que descriuen els mitjans de comunicació i les xarxes socials.
El terme real time (temps real) fa referència a la capacitat de mostrar, comunicar o reaccionar davant dels esdeveniments en el moment en què es produeixen. Aquest terme, que s’utilitza comunament en informàtica, en els mitjans de comunicació i en tot tipus de narracions, denota un procés que es dóna de manera sincronitzada amb el temps de l’espectador o usuari. Aquesta immediatesa es tradueix, per exemple, en la capacitat per interactuar amb un entorn virtual, informar sobre successos actuals o narrar una història en la qual el temps es desenvolupa de manera natural. El present individual es connecta amb un present extern o compartit, impulsant a formar part del dit present o a emetre una resposta. El «temps real» es vincula així amb «ser-aquí» o Dasein en la interpretació de Martin Heidegger, que fa referència a la relació entre l’individu i el seu entorn, i indica que tots estem lligats al món en què vivim i en què participem. El concepte també ens porta a qüestionar què és el «temps real», com mesurem el temps i de quina manera aquesta mesura és relativa, tot i que determina la nostra percepció de la realitat.
En el món de l’art, el temps és un element crucial en un fet sovint ignorat: la durada de la contemplació de l’obra d’art per part de l’espectador. Com indica Boris Groys, mentre que en els mitjans tradicionals el temps necessari per a la contemplació és determinat per l’usuari, l’art basat en processos temporals (nous mitjans, vídeo i performance) passa aquest control a l’obra. Habitualment, les obres d’art mostren un moment específic o una acció fitada en el temps, però què succeeix quan una obra es desenvolupa en el «present continu», en constant transformació i subjecta a un procés sense fi?
«Real Time. Art en temps real» presenta una selecció d’obres d’art contemporani en les quals el concepte de «temps real» té un paper principal, ja sigui pel qüestionament de la relativitat del temps, per l’ús de dades extretes en temps real d’Internet o per la seva intenció de crear una visió actual, «realista» i sempre canviant del temps en què vivim. Algunes de les obres seleccionades es nodreixen de la informació que apareix constantment en els mitjans de comunicació, mentre que altres extreuen dades de diverses fonts, estableixen un procés de producció en temps real o bé proposen un qüestionament de la nostra manera de mesurar el temps i de relacionar-nos amb el present. Les tecnologies que emprem actualment en la nostra vida quotidiana tenen un paper principal en aquestes peces, la qual cosa porta les reflexions sobre el temps a un àmbit molt proper a l’espectador, que en alguns casos pot interactuar amb l’obra i en uns altres ho fa sense saber-ho.
The capitalist belief that profit-seeking is the best way to manage and develop societies has sparked an unprecedented desire to abstract and quantify everything into data. In the pursuit of economic efficiency, data is money, data is power, data is everything and everything is data. Yet data is contingent on a world that is messy, irrational, unstable, and emotional. The rise of so-called big data and the emergence of technologies that are able to quantify our every move, preference and behaviour, have demonstrated where the friction lies between the unpredictable reality that we live in and the desire to capture it in data. The public program Data in the 21st Century will explore how this friction has changed and shaped our relationship to data and seeks to discuss how this relationship will develop in the future.
Lev Manovich, Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner & Dominikus Baur
Martin John Callanan
Max Dovey & Manetta Berends
Birmingham City University Alumni of the Year recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Birmingham City University graduates. Our alumni make a real difference across the globe in a variety of ways, and the University seeks to acknowledge their contribution to the local, national and international communities through Alumni of the Year.
‘Hearts’ is an exhibition that explores scientific and artistic research relating to our life-giving organ, examining local ground-breaking heart disease research and sharing the work of internationally renowned artists whose practice is concerned with the heart in transplantation, the heart as a system, the heart as a poetic object.
The exhibition arises from an ongoing body of cardiovascular research led by Dr Nikolai Zhelev at Abertay University. Miniature beating hearts are developed from human stem cells reprogrammed to grow has tiny heart organs which are then used to investigate preventions and cures of heart disease.
Featuring the work of artists Catherine Richards, Ingrid Bachmann, Martin John Callanan and Jennifer Kelly.
With 11 days to go for the public to nominate a visual artist to feature on the next £20 bank note, the Bank is pleased to deepen its collaboration with visual arts through the arrival of artist Martin John Callanan, who will be working at the Bank over the next twelve months on a series of conceptual art projects. Mr Callanan’s work – which will be generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust and University College London – will reflect aspects of central banking, economics, finance and data.
Mr. Callanan – a Teaching Fellow at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art and current holder of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Visual and Performing Art – researches and creates artwork to better understand how societies and individuals interact with technological, political, economic, environmental and other systems. His work, exhibited and published internationally, expresses complex ideas relating to these systems in tangible, accessible ways.
Working with the Bank of England will provide Mr. Callanan a unique opportunity to expand his research into financial services and economics, and to collaborate with economists, mathematicians and computer scientists at the Bank and beyond.
Through the exhibition of these finished artworks, this collaboration will also provide the Bank with a unique opportunity – to raise awareness and broaden public understanding of our mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.
The Bank renewed its mission as part of the launch of its Strategic Plan in March 2014. Core priorities as part of this Plan included: opening up the Bank’s research and analytical work to external contributions – and its data sets to the public – in order to benefit from external points of view; partnering with outside academic researchers to develop advanced data and research capabilities; encouraging diversity in all forms, including promoting and encouraging diversity of thinking and experience; and building public understanding of the Bank’s responsibilities for maintaining monetary and financial stability.
The Bank’s collaboration with Mr. Callanan will help to further each of these priorities, and builds on other successful Strategic Plan initiatives to date – including the launch of a One Bank Research Agenda, a data visualisation competition and our new Bank Underground staff blog.
It is also timely, given the next £20 banknote will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts. Since 19 May 2015, the public have been invited to nominate historic visual artists they would like to see on the £20 note, to be released by 2020. Thousands of nominations have been received so far – underlining the extent of British achievement in the visual arts and reinforcing why this field deserves to be recognised on the next £20 note. The public has until 19 July 2015 to make their nominations on the Bank’s website.
Welcoming Mr. Callanan’s presence at the Bank, Governor Mark Carney said:
“Today’s announcement brings together three recent themes of the Bank’s work. The financial crisis has taught us that we must look beyond the conventional, and approach policy issues with creativity, audacity, and diverse thinking. Harnessing the power of Big Data will allow for new patterns, new trends, and ultimately, new answers to age-old questions. And as we move towards celebrating the visual arts on our new £20 bank note, we also reflect on how the visual arts can help us deliver on our mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom. On behalf of the Bank, I warmly welcome Martin Callanan, I look forward to seeing the results of his work, and I thank the Leverhulme Trust and University College London for generously sponsoring his work.”
At Vitsœ we like to share the work of creative people. So when Berlin and UK-based artist (and Vitsœ customer), Martin John Callanan, asked to show a new piece for the first time at our New York shop, we were happy to oblige.
I Cannot Not Communicate, consists of the top 100 books recommended to Callanan by Amazon, based on everything he read and bought since the online retail giant first launched its recommendation algorithm over 15 years ago.
The event will take place during a busy time with New York design week and Frieze Art Fair New York occupying the city – all the more reason to take a moment to pause in comfort at our New York shop at 33 Bond Street.
To accompany the installation, Callanan has produced a pamphlet, including a text by Marialaura Ghidini. A limited number of copies are available free to visitors.
Martin John Callanan is an artist researching an individual’s place within systems. Recent solo exhibitions include Noshowspace, London, Horrach Moya, Palma and Or Gallery, Berlin. His work has been shown at White Cube, James Cohan Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Whitstable Biennale and Imperial War Museum. He is recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Visual Art.
Die Zusammenarbeit mit kreativen Köpfen macht uns immer wieder Freude. Als uns der in Berlin und Großbritannien lebende Künstler (und Vitsœ Kunde) Martin John Callanan fragte, ob er seine neue Arbeit in unserem New Yorker Shop ausstellen könne, sagten wir ohne Zögern zu.
„I Cannot Not Communicate“ besteht aus den ersten 100 Büchern, die Callanan von Amazon vorgeschlagen wurden – basierend auf allem, was er gekauft und gelesen hatte, seit der Onlineshop-Gigant vor mehr als 15 Jahren seinen Algorithmus für Kaufempfehlungen einführte.
Ausgestellt werden die Bücher in unseren bewährten Regalen. Unsere Sessel und Tische sorgen dafür, dass es beim Kunstgenuss nicht an Komfort mangelt.
Die Ausstellung findet während der trubeligen Zeit der New York Design Week und der Kunstmesse Frieze statt – gönnen Sie sich eine kleine Auszeit von der Geschäftigkeit in unserem New Yorker Shop in der Bond Street 33.
Begleitend zur Ausstellung hat Callanan im Riso-Druckverfahren ein Pamphlet produziert, unter anderem mit einem Text von Marialaura Ghidini. Eine limitierte Auflage können geneigte Besucher kostenlos mitnehmen.
Martin John Callanan sucht nach individuellen Wegen im Kunstbetrieb. Seine jüngsten Solo-Ausstellungen fanden im Noshowspace, London, Horrach Moya, Palma und der Or Gallery, Berlin statt. Seine Werke wurden gezeigt von Institutionen wie White Cube, James Cohan Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Whitstable Biennale und dem Imperial War Museum. Er ist ausgezeichnet worden mit dem Philip Leverhulme Prize für Bildende Kunst.
In his book “The Imaginary Museum” (1965), André Malraux asserted that in the reproductions of artworks published in books and exhibition catalogues we can find more significant artworks that could be seen in the largest museum of the world. Internet has exponentially expanded Malraux’s Imaginary Museum and provided us with unprecedented access to a myriad of artworks. In digital art, the complexity or ephemerality of many artworks makes it difficult to see them in an exhibition and therefore it is the video documentation created by the artists themselves that allows us to discover their works. Two selections of documentation videos present an overview of the many faces of digital art today.
Clara Boj y Diego Díaz
Marloes de Valk
Martin John Callanan
The most shocking thing about the Edward Snowden revelations is not so much their content as the fact that they have been met with little interest or surprise; not because people are unconcerned about the erosion of civil liberties, but because they thought that they knew all of this already. The internet now seems to produce a mode of hyper-connectivity, short-circuiting any separation between public and private. Along with the internationalisation of finance and other aspects of globalisation, this can make it feel as if everything has become completely interconnected, and there is nowhere left to hide from the encroachment of capital.
We submit that this state of hyperconnectivity induces a kind of paranoid subjectivity. Marx showed that there is something inherent to capitalism which makes it very difficult to see past its surface effects to its essential structure. While this was already true in his time, today the vast scale of the networks governing contemporary existence makes this aspect of capitalist society a near-constant feature of everyday experience. As abstraction reaches into every crevice of our existence, art increasingly adopts a style that Emily Apter has called oneworldedness: “a delirious aesthetics of systematicity … held in place by the paranoid premise that ‘everything is connected’”. on Paranoia.pdf2 (912.0 KB)
‘Onewordledness’ is poignantly and hilariously expressed in Hito Steyerl’s video Liquidity Inc. (2014), which deliberately confuses various meanings of the word liquidity (physics, finance, climate, martial arts), showing intricate, but unfathomable links between seemingly unrelated spheres. Steyerl’s work is the latest in a long line of artistic and theoretical reflections on (and of) paranoid subjectivity since the 1960s. From the novels of Thomas Pynchon, paranoia movies such as The Conversation and the films of Adam Curtis, to the rise of systems theory, and notions of the ‘network’ (Luhman), much art and theory from the US and Europe in this period has reflected an increasing interest in modes of cognition either contend with or break down due to the increasing scale of social abstraction. The popular television show The Wire (2002-2008) is a key example, being centered on a dense web of connections which traverse the US city of Baltimore, uniting all of its diverse spheres into a violent and tragic situation that the character Omar simply calls ‘the game’.
In this conversation, the third and last in a series that we, David Hodge and Hamed Yousefi, are organizing for e-flux conversations, we would like to critically consider the political consequences of ‘oneworldedness’. Fredric Jameson once said that “Conspiracy […] is the poor person’s cognitive mapping in the postmodern age … the degraded figure of the total logic of late capital, a desperate attempt to represent the latter’s system”.JamesonF86a_CognitiveMapping.pdf1 (155.3 KB) But what if capital’s abstractions interpolate subjects who are unable to undertake a critical cognitive mapping? Can art help to induce new forms of subjectivity, which might be better equipped to trace the totality?
Yet again, we have another fantastic group of contributors, who will take it in turns to write a post every weekday:
Martin John Callanan ( http://greyisgood.eu) is an artist whose practice involves “researching the individual’s place within systems”. His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he lectures at Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. His most recent book is Cartographies of the Absolute (with Jeff Kinkle) – see: https://cartographiesoftheabsolute.wordpress.com.
Sarah Brouillette is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is currently researching “a sort of cultural history of neoliberalism”, focusing on UNESCO as a core case study.
Tom Eyers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, U.S.A. He is the author of three books including Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present (Forthcoming, 2015).
This large survey book builds on the ZKM Karlsruhe exhibition tracing the multifaceted relationship between art, science and technology in Dutch landscape art around 1650. Long before digital satellite imagery, Dutch artists used modern systems of remote sensing. Their art works provide valuable insights into past exchanges of knowledge that anticipate the techniques of mapping used today.
Monday January 26, 2015. 10am till 6pm Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 GC Rotterdam
This day of lectures and presentations will focus on old and recent media technologies of temporal measurement and control, and how they animate and re-animate human life.
The keynote speaker is Zoe Beloff, who will discuss works she is presenting in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 program, including: The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff (2012) and Glass House (2014)
Further speakers that will expand on this topic of pervasive techniques of control, that mobilise audiovisual media to measure, categorise, and discipline us, include: Zoe Beloff, Aura Satz, Julien Maire, Martin John Callanan, Florian Cramer
The PIET ZWART INSTITUTE, MASTER MEDIA DESIGN (LENS-BASED MEDIA / NETWORKED MEDIA) is an intensive project-based research degree that will equip you to create a distinctive voice as an artist/designer in the contemporary media landscape. Our programme encourages students to explore the new possibilities released by the friction between media forms, critically working across the historical gaps between photography, cinema, animation, mobile media, information systems and technological networks. The curriculum combines collective learning, intensive individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry.
24/7 will focus on the changing world & technology, and how the attention economy is affecting our lives, how we consume information and how it dominates not only our waking but also our sleeping moments. Our experience of time is mutating at the speed of light, due to the glass fibre and wireless networks that keep us entangled. How this affects our sense of reality now and its impact in the near future is one of the most important discussions in the world today.
In the late 1990s, when Google was barely one year old and was still a privately held company, its future CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt was already articulating the context in which such a venture would flourish. Schmidt declared that the twenty-first century would be synonymous with what he called the ‘attention economy’, and that the dominant global corporations would be those that succeed in maximizing the number of ‘eyeballs’ they could consistently engage and control.
24/7 is focussed on stimulating discussion on this ‘attention economy’, the global thirst for information and the daily data consumption and mass synchronisation of work and leisure rhythms which are synonymous with this. We are working, communicating and consuming whenever and wherever we happen to be in the world. Divisions between night and day, between rest and work are gradually disappearing. Our experience of time is mutating at the speed of light, due to the glass fibre and wireless networks that keep us entangled.
Therefore 24/7 forces the audience to step out of the cinema, into hotels. A hotel is just like a cinema, a place where one checks in to step out of the daily routine. They are open 24/7 and strongly associated with our need for sleep. While examining the ever-changing world of the 21st Century, this programme challenges the traditional notion of a film ‘slot’ by raising the question of what we now class as a ‘normal duration’.
January 2015 MK Gallery presents How to Construct a Time Machine (23 January – 22 March 2015), an exhibition of over twenty-five historical and contemporary works that explore how artists play with media in innovative ways to transform our experience of time.
What is time? How do we order the past, the present, and the future? Why are artists interested in time? How is art a machine, vehicle, or device for exploring time? How is art a means by which time ‘travels’, and how does art permit us to travel in time? Consideration of these and other questions has provided the exhibition rationale for guest curator, Dr Marquard Smith, Head of Doctoral Studies/Research Leader in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London.
The show’s title is taken from an 1899 text by the avant-garde French writer, Alfred Jarry, written in direct response to H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Time Machine (1895). Wells invented and popularised a distinctively modern, fictional concept of time travel, with the time machine as a vehicle that could be operated ‘selectively’.Jarry’s response crafted a pseudo-scientific fiction that presents the time machine and time travel as an instance of ‘the science of imaginary solutions’.
Taking this idea of the time machine, time travel, and perhaps even time itself as an instance of ‘the science of imaginary solutions’, the exhibition is divided thematically across the galleries and includes works by John Cage, Martin John Callanan, Jim Campbell, Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Matt Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Tehching Hsieh, the Lumière Brothers, Chris Marker, Kris Martin, Manfred Mohr, Melvin Moti, Nam June Paik, Katie Paterson, Elizabeth Price, The Otolith Group, Raqs Media Collective, Meekyoung Shin, Sun Ra, Thompson & Craighead, Mark Wallinger and Catherine Yass, amongst others.
Film work ranges from George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902), an iconic silent movie which follows a group of astronomers as they explore the moon, to Thomson & Craighead’s The Time Machine in alphabetical order (2010), a complete rendition of the 1960s film version of the Wells’ novella re-edited into alphabetical order.
Sculptural work includes Mark Wallinger’s Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (2001), an aluminium version of Dr Who’s ‘Tardis’ police box that simultaneously disappears into the space-time continuum and reflects its own surroundings, and Ruth Ewan’s We Could Have Been Anything That We Wanted to Be (2012), a decimal clock which divides the day into ten (rather than twenty-four) periods, echoing a bold 18th century French Republican attempt to redefine and rationalise the day.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, designed by Herman Lelie, featuring an extended Introduction by the exhibition’s curator and a translation of Jarry’s How to Construct a Time Machine, together with essays by Dutch cultural theorist and video artist Mieke Bal and radical philosopher Peter Osborne. The exhibition will be supported by a range of related events including tours by the curator and artists, seminars, academic conferences, and film screenings.
The Future of Objectivity Dr Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
This volume sheds light on still unexplored issues and raises new questions in the main areas addressed by the philosophy of science. Bringing together selected papers from three main events, the book presents the most advanced scientific results in the field and suggests innovative lines for further investigation. It explores how discussions on several notions of the philosophy of science can help different scientific disciplines in learning from each other. Finally, it focuses on the relationship between Cambridge and Vienna in twentieth century philosophy of science. The areas examined in the book are: formal methods, the philosophy of the natural and life sciences, the cultural and social sciences, the physical sciences and the history of the philosophy of science.
Hardcover: 788 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (20 Jun 2014)
Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 4.8 cm
Scientific research on climate change has given rise to a variety of images picturing climate change. These range from colorful expert graphics, model visualizations, photographs of extreme weather events like floods, droughts or melting ice, symbols like polar bears, to animated and interactive visualizations. Climate change graphics have not only increased knowledge about the subject, they have begun to influence popular awareness of global weather events. The status of climate pictures today is particularly crucial, as global climate change as a long-term process cannot be seen. When images are widely distributed, they are able to shape how the world is thought about and seen. It is this implicit basic assumption of the power of images to influence reality that this book addresses: today’s images might become the blueprint for tomorrow’s realities. “Image Politics of Climate Change” combines a wide interdisciplinary range of perspectives and questions, treated here in sixteen interdisciplinary case studies. The author’s specializations include both visual practice and theory: in the fields of climate sciences, computer graphics, art, curating, art history and visual studies, communication and cultural science, environmental and science & technology studies. The close interlinking of these viewpoints promotes in-depth insights into issues of production and analysis of climate visualization.
Birgit Schneider (Editor), Thomas Nocke (Editor)
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Transcript Verlag (15 Mar 2014)
Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
To sum up the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: we’re toast. The nearly two dozen participants in this terrific, if depressing, show propose an art for the Anthropocene, in which time has accelerated (Martin John Callanan’s airport departure board cycles eerily fast), the seasons are out of whack (Charles Burchfield’s “Summer” features a tree, December-bare), and no purchase of organic strawberries will outweigh the ten billion metric tons of carbon spewed forth each year. An eighteenth-century theatrical scene, featuring an artificial sun, leads all too inevitably to AlexisRockman’s trash-strewn seascape, featuring a drowning elephant and a capsizing container ship. The ever-sharp Pierre Huyghe and the young filmmaker Erin Shirreff also make strong contributions, but the most haunting work is an anonymous video from the destroyed power plant at Fukushima, in which a single man points his finger in silent accusation at the camera, at the polluters, at us. Through Aug. 8.