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Peer to Platform: Artist Collective vs. Social Network

Peer to Platform: Artist Collective vs. Social Network

1 May 2013

This panel discussion will highlight the overlaps between the way in which a radical artist collective functions and how individuals operate together within the most contemporary of frameworks, the social network.

If the radical artist collective is posited as a network for shared political ideals and collaborative production, could it be proposed that an emerging generation of digitally-native artists is more comfortable establishing such structures online? Perhaps the accessibility of virtual space, the promise of relative anonymity and the corporate overtones of online platforms provide the perfect forum to continue the legacy of groups such as Bernadette Corporation.

Reflecting on the notion of the network and questions of authorship, ownership, self-promotion, and sincerity, the conversation will explore the ways in which – arguably – the peer-to-peer bond of the artist collective has been replaced by the virtual connections of Facebook and Twitter.

Chaired by Ben Vickers, the panel will comprise Lizvlx from UBERMORGEN.COM, Metahaven and Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield.

Ruth Catlow is co-founder and co-director of Furtherfield, the  UK's leading organisation for arts, technology and social change running since 1997 - now a dynamic, creative and social nerve centre where upwards of 26,000 contributors worldwide have built a visionary culture around co-creation - swapping and sharing code, music, images, video and ideas. Furtherfield opened London's first gallery for networked digital art in 2005. In Spring 2012 the Furtherfield Gallery relocated to the heart of Finsbury Park where it has been referred to as the 'Peoples' Serpentine Gallery of North London'. Furtherfield believe that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies.

Metahaven is a studio for design and research, founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden. Metahaven's work - both commissioned and self-directed - reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Solo exhibitions include Affiche Frontière (CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2008) and Stadtstaat (Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Casco, 2009). Group exhibitions include Forms of Inquiry (AA London, 2007), Manifesta8 (Murcia, 2010), the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 (Gwangju, Korea) and Graphic Design: Now In Production (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2011.

UBERMORGEN.COM is a Swiss-Austrian-American artist duo founded in 1995 by lizvlx and Hans Bernhard. Their main body of work consists of Internet art, installation, video, photography, software art, and performance, and uses the convergence of digital media to produce and publish online and offline. Their early works were Media Hacking projects using low-tech tools to reach very large audiences.  Between 2007-2011 their focus went into research-based productions (Superenhanced, WOPPOW, KRAFT Series) and Rock Art productions such as TORTURE CLASSICS and CLICKISTAN (commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art). Since 1999 their work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and Asia and include venues such as SFMOMA, Centre Pompidou, Konsthall Malmoe, NTT ICC Museum Tokyo, Gwangju Design Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe, MUMOK Vienna, Ars Electronica Linz, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, MoCA Taipei, Witte de With Rotterdam, Lentos Art Museum Linz, Biennale of Sydney, ARCO Madrid and the New Museum New York.

Ben Vickers is a writer, network analyst, curator, technologist and luddite. He makes a living and finds a vocation in understanding how systems of distribution, both human and other, come to affect our personal perception of reality. Vickers is currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine, co-runs LIMAZULU Project Space, is an active member of EdgeRyders, leads Brighton University's Professional ‘Reality' Development Program and facilitates the development of unMonastery, a new kind of social space designed to serve the local communities of towns or small cities throughout Europe in solving key social and infrastructural problems.

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