Art, technology and the post-Internet dawn

Private view 13 May, 6pm–10pm. Live audio-visual performances at 8pm
Official after-party at Marie Laveau in collaboration with London/Stockholm collective Top Nice 10pm–3am

Exhibition open 14–18 May, 12–4pm

TETRAGRAM FOR GATHERING explores contemporary art in the ‘post-Internet’ era; an emerging cultural state in which the initial dreams of a networked society have been replaced by a more practical understanding of the systems strengths and failures.

Themes of nostalgia, intrigue and optimism are touched upon, with the contributing artists rejecting simplistic celebrations of technological process in favour of a multi-layered culturally and technically engaged vision, investigating aspects of pop culture, economic critique and the pursuit of esoteric and cryptic languages. Their work explores new methods of production and appropriation, employing DIY software and aesthetics, and activating questions around the democracy of a digital society, the politics of media production and the territorilisation of virtual space.

The exhibiting artists are: London-based collective Lucky PDF, who recently performed at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the British Art Show 7 and whose Internet broadcasts and sculptures have been shown at Tate Modern and the Barbican.  Also from London, Jimmy Merris whose work investigates themes of technology and economic crisis, and James Howard aka Lucky Lucky Dice whose provocative digital images are currently presented as part of the Saatchi Gallery’s New Speak:British Art Now exhibition.
Swedish artist Anna Lundh (currently in residency in New York) who examines how a networked reality has been fictionally represented in her film work and Joseph Waller aka textcursor who creates the title of the exhibition ????; a study on the concept of meta-title.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a free micro-publication featuring artist prints, critical essay and interview with internet artist Ryder Ripps.