Jerwood Space tackles art and the pervading influence of the internet

By Jessica Keating | 03 May 2012
a detail from an artwork showing an image of a woman taken on an i-phone
© Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth
Exhibition: Assembly, JVA at Jerwood Space, London, May 9- June 24 2012

The world may be conscious of the impact social media and digital technology has had on news and consumption, but a less acknowledged truth is the considerable affect it is having on the art world.

Curated by Sarah Williams, ASSEMBLY explores the influence of the internet and digital communications on the way art is produced, discussed and displayed through showing the work of collaborative artists.

Northern Irish artist Kim Coleman and Scottish-born Jenny Hogarth have been working together since 2003.

They are exhibiting an exploded installation of their blog, whereby videos of their own separate journeys are shown as a continuous chain of overlapping and mirrored events.

The aim of their work is to use technology to boost people’s way of seeing art and heighten the sensual awareness for visitors, thus transforming it from a visual experience to a participatory one.

Alongside Coleman and Hogarth, The Hut Project is staging an ambitious piece of dance work for film, titled The Look of Performance. Consisting of artists Chris Bird, Ian Evans and The Hut Project was formed in 2005 and is noted for conceptual strategies taking a droll look at the art world.

For ASSEMBLY, their work is derived from a video of a previous performance which gives rise to a large-scale production over three or more hours by a choreographer and dancers.

Fellow exhibitor Charlie Woolley is an artist whose entire work is shaped by communications, perhaps exemplified by the live radio show he also broadcasts.

Featuring drapes and furniture designed to create a space for activity, Woolley himself invites visitors and organisations to take part in certain events. Through this interaction, conversation and gathering of people, his installation is activated.

Curator Sarah Williams says Assembly "aims to explore the influence of the constantly-shifting platform of the Internet" and the ways in which "work made in an increasingly digitalised world is reconciled within the context of a physical gallery space”.

A series of accompanying events are also taking place on Sunday afternoons. These focus on group workshops and accompany a mixed media installation, Social Space.

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