WADS (↑ ← → ↓)

Demetris Shammas (Curator), Myrto Aristidou (Curator), Emiddio Vasquez Hadjilyra (Curator), Constantinos Miltiadis (Curator)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

Abstract

Virtual exhibition for the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival, "In Kepler's Garden," featuring 11 Mozilla Hubs rooms by 21 artists.

WADS (↑ ← → ↓) speaks of plurality and plentifulness, of conjoining principles, disciplines and possibilities. As a virtual space compiled of local artists, it sets out to explore the potential of digital hubs as grounds of artistic and technological co-creation. It imagines a garden of commoning where artists pollinate the digital by employing a technique derived from gardening: namely, grafting.

WADS: aware of the effects of such techniques over nature, some of the qualities found in grafting — rarely witnessed elsewhere — play a central role in WADS. Gardening in the digital, a form of immaterial labour, allows artists to cultivate and critically reinterpret their practice for the web. Grafting entails delicate care and a commitment to longevity. Each chimeric mien explores the feedback between the virtual and the physical, locale and átopos, politics and the paradox of a labour that grows by consumption. The collectively grafted landscape invites visitors to indulge in each experience separately and in respect to one another.

These interconnected ecologies contribute to ‘unnatural’ mergings, propagating and spreading an alternate digital common. A nice framework for worldbuilding. One to grow, to work, to flourish and to wither in.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationonline
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventArs Electronica Festival - Linz & Online, Linz, Austria
Duration: 9 Sep 202013 Sep 2020
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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