Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SYS.TE/M FAIL.U+RE: Revelations of the Interface

An OCAD University Thesis Exhibition curated by Shauna Jean Doherty and Feauring Glitch Video Work by: Nick Briz, Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman, and Ezra Hanson-White

2186 Gallery, 2186 Dundas St. West,  March 28th – April 2nd 2014

The exhibition SYS.TE/M FAIL.U+RE investigates the increasing invisibility of the technology that surrounds us. Four new media artists, Ezra Hanson-White, Jennifer Chan, Nick Briz and Adrienne Crossman use the digital interface as their subject in these experimental glitch video works, critically considering the implications of technological pervasiveness and its increasing transparency. Through the appropriation of software imagery and computer glitches these artists disrupt the conventional representation of digital information. They effectively suggest alternative perspectives and modes of expression in a world saturated by technology designed to go undetected.

Featuring my Series #1 piece

"Adrienne Crossman's Series #1 produces complex visual effects through the application of the deconstructive video editing technique known as datamoshing. By deleting the key frames that comprise digital videos, in this case gleaned from YouTube, Crossman reveals the components that allow them to function while producing stunningly colourful results. These digital yet painterly abstractions connote the visual possibilities latent within digital media.

Through the re-presentation of well-known masterpieces, Crossman highlights the anti-canonical nature of the glitch genre and the challenges that face new media art in the context of the conventional art institution. The use of the glitch as applied to these traditional works disrupts notions of the art historical canon, breaking apart its authoritative and exclusive underpinnings. Contrasting these two media forms, painting and glitch video raises questions surrounding the presentation, preservation, and production of digital art works, problematizing typical exhibition practices."

- Shauna Jean Doherty