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A Media Network of Art
KI - 'Trash Mistress' (2009) by Shu Lea Cheang - Photo by Rocio Campana
Living in an age of social media, the Furtherfield Gallery in Harringay, is presenting a joint exhibition featuring two obsessed network savvies. Based in the US, both Mark Amerika and Shu Lea Cheang grew up using the internet in the early 1990s, and it has influenced much of their contemporary art, which includes novels, net-based installations, social interfaces, and film productions.
In this exhibition they turn the virtual world into a physical medium. For example, there will be screenshots from Cheang's ongoing U.K.I Viral Love project. This includes a fun viral game, in which players will be taken to a Google Street view of their current location, and then be able to infect your friends with viruses. Another branch of the project is called Composting The Web, which looks a bit like a screensaver, where a dot bounces off the screen and erases computer code. You will also be able to watch her cyberpunk movie, I.K.U, from the Sundance Festival 2000. Set in the future, after apocalyptic web crash, tweeters, techies, and networkers are forced to scavenge e-trash landscape.
Amerika has an online persona called The Artist 2.0. The Artist 2.0 practices something called 'glitch aesthetics', which is basically the corruption of digital artwork, in which images have been skewed, pixilated, or manipulated in some way. At the exhibition, which runs until the 28th September, you will be able to works such as Lake Como Remix (2012) and Bit Heaven (2012).