Exhibitions and Fairs

Two upcoming UK shows explore the conversation between art and technology

By Shira Wolfe

DATACOSM, by Jo Lawrence // Collusion 2019. Image courtesy of Jo Lawrence.

As technology continues to develop at lightning speed, it becomes more and more irrevocably intertwined with art. This is reflected in the great number of digital art and technology university degrees popping up all over the world, and in the increasingly interdisciplinary working method of today’s artists, many of whom are deploying new technologies in a variety of fascinating ways. As artists attempt to grasp and reflect the time we are living in, they turn to technology to challenge our perceptions and raise questions about the confusion of life in a time that seems to simultaneously mirror and exaggerate the beloved sci-fi movies of the past three decades. In a world that often feels exactly like an episode of Black Mirror, how are artists responding? Two upcoming UK exhibitions this month explore the powerful possibilities of an impending convergence between art and technology.

At London’s Paul Smith gallery, ‘Networking Serendipities’ by Taline Temizian will be on display from 11th – 23rd of April 2019. Meanwhile in Cambridge, the public art exhibition ‘Collusion 2019: An exploration of emerging technology through extraordinary art’ is open from 12th – 22nd of April 2019.


Networking Serendipities – Taline Temizian

Armenian-British artist Taline Temizian, who was born in California, grew up in Syria, and is currently based in London, explores human interactions and experiences through the intersection between art and technology. Her artistic practice is inspired by philosophers, scientists, technologists and filmmakers alike, taking a transhumanist approach towards trauma and memory and exploring ways to improve human life from a mental and emotional perspective. In her work, Temizian makes reference to developments and research in cardiology and neuroscience. She uses a broad range of media — from paper, oil, collage, digital media, installations, light, coding, and electronic media to performance, video, poetry and the moving image.

The series of multimedia works in her ‘Networking Serendipities’ exhibition resemble charts and shapes forming all kind of systems and connections. Temizian creates a sensory experience using olfactory, audio and visual elements. Her piece ‘It’s an Overkill,’ for example, could be called a self-portrait of the artist — a video of Temizian’s own brain is attached to a padded velvet shape and plays on a loop.

‘Through my work I look to explore the relationship between the signifier and the signified, forming imaginative orders that transform into visual realities. Computers and technologies which we are surrounded by in day-to-day life become extended versions of ourselves. Concomitant variants rule our universe and I am most interested in identifying these, playing with their nature, grammar, grids and possibilities, observing myself through each viewer who will have a unique experience transforming themselves, the artwork and therefore me.’ – Taline Temizian

Screenshot from Adham Faramawy's 360-degree dance film 'My fingers distended as honey dripped from your lips and we danced in a circular motion.' Courtesy of Collusion
Taline Temizian, 'It’s an Overkill,' 2019. Photo courtesy of artist and Paul Smith
Taline Temizian, 'Smith-Bailey,' 2019. Photo courtesy of artist and Paul Smith

Collusion 2019: An exploration of emerging technology through extraordinary art

Cambridge-based arts and technology organisation Collusion commissioned artworks by a number of artists whom they selected to take part in a 12-month research and development programme exploring the impact of technologies like artificial intelligence, data culture, and augmented reality on society. The participating artists are Jo Lawrence, Crowded Room, Adham Faramawy, DDBC (led by Christian Nold & James Stevens), Above & Below, and Henry Driver & Barbara Dougan. Their six interactive artworks will be housed in specially designed pavilions, combining theatre, music, dance, sculpture, film and animation and incorporating various emerging technologies. An example of the type of work visitors can expect is a party set in a 2030 home hosted by a virtual assistant.

Richard Traherne, the project sponsor and Chief Commercial Officer of Cambridge Consultants, elaborates on the project: ‘Over recent years we’ve seen the emergence of highly sophisticated ‘deep’ technologies that hold world-changing potential and significant social impact. We’ve provided experts in disciplines ranging from user experience to artificial intelligence, to collaborate with Collusion to help explore these implications and prompt artistic reflection and debate.’


Gallery

Paul Smith

Address

No. 9 Albemarle Street, London

Opening hours

Monday – Wednesday:

10 am – 6 pm

Thursday – Saturday:

10 am – 7 pm

Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm

Gallery

Collusion pavilions

Address

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge

Opening hours

Monday – Saturday:

11 am – 7 pm

Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm