(Al)most Life, after all

On 26th September at 6.30 p.m. the collective exhibition (Al)most Life, after all in the Arts Santa Mònica centre will be inaugurated. The exhibition shows the works of Kenneth Dow, Patricio Rivera and Toplap, which have been produced thanks to the new production programme of the BEEP Collection, New ArtFoundation and Hangar, and which have been previously presented in Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

The exhibition, which is open until 20 October, is part of the Young Gallery Weekend contemporary art festival, which focuses on new trends in culture and technology.

About the works

Kenneth Dow‘s PsyCHO TRance//K-Hole consists of a series of parts that comprise a limit use of technology. One of them, for example, called OfoStep, consists of a bicycle lock, taken from one of the bikesharing the Shanghai services (a service that broke and left the bicycles abandoned in the street), turned into a sequencer. The buttons that allow it to be programmed are the same ones that allowed the combination that opened the lock to enter, and no screen has been added: it is the same device, turned into a musical instrument that is both rudimentary and complex.

Patricio Rivera presents his piece Agism (photo). A paintball gun mounted on an articulated robotic support automatically writes the word “agism” on the wall of the exhibition space, shooting with a mixture of paint and horse excrement. In the artist’s words, “the piece addresses the declarative character of the shot as a force of performatic enunciation and an exclamation point of an intention; a statement, though regulated by law, free to be executed within the elusive alibi of a work of art.

Toplap‘s Post-window piece proposes a thought on the semantic, semiotic and affective bridges that connect our sonorous and linguistic imaginaries, and explores the possibility of extending the writing of computer code to the (upper) level of human writing. Is it possible to write the code of a piece of music in words? The device looks like a primitive computer, with an alphanumeric keyboard and an analog monitor, in which the visitor has no choice but to type using the keyboard. What the visitor writes generates and modifies in real time the musical piece that the device creates.

 

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