Nye Thompson & UBERMORGEN
21 November 2020 - 02 March 2021
ElectroPutere Gallery has the pleasure to announce the opening of the project UNINVITED, conceived by the digital artists Nye Thomson (UK) & UBERMORGEN (AT, CH) as a world premiere of a horror experience created by the „Machines”.
In a globalized society where ostensive ideology and digital technology divide the world into two factions - the observers and the observed, Nye Thomson and UBERMORGEN get at the core of the digital world in order to engender a new „form of life” which continuously evolves by using AI. Described by the artists as a „A radically new creature looking at the world and nothing makes sense, while hearing the universe through millions of hallucinogenic virally abused sensors”, UNINVITED is an autonomous entity projected in such a way as to pervade the CCTV systems all around the world so as to capture images and transform them into a horror film where violence, anxiety and paranoia become leading actors and such entities as the Machines, become producers.
UNINVITED is an art project which can be understood as a horror film, web experience and an art installation. The ElectroPutere Gallery space will function as an AI avatar where a mechatronic „Monster”, connected to a self-evolving organism inside a network (botnet), runs through the CCTV networks in the entire world to collect images which are afterwards processed and projected as a film within the gallery space. It is a horror film that speaks about what happens when the surveillance networks and the AI devices configure a crazy world of „Machines”.
Nye Thompson is an artist turned software designer turned artist. She creates data-gathering software systems to explore new technology paradigms, and has a particular interest in the machinic gaze and its underlying power dynamics. She has exhibited internationally including Tate Modern, The Barbican, The V&A, ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica and The Lowry. Her first solo show Backdoored.io – described by C4 News as „too shocking to broadcast” – became global clickbait and triggered an international government complaint. Her work has been featured on BBC, C4, CNN, the Guardian and Wired, and she was a guest presenter on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Art of Now: Surveillance’. She has been called „the new Big Brother” (Vogue) and „a contemporary Jacques Cousteau” (Bob & Roberta Smith). She has received several Arts Council England and British Council awards. She was a Lumen Prize finalist in 2018 & 2019, and shortlisted for the 2019 Rapoport Award for Women in Art and Technology. Her work was recently acquired for the V&A Museum’s permanent collection.
UBERMORGEN (AT/CH/US) is an artist duo founded 1995 in Vienna by lizvlx & Hans Bernhard. Part of the Net.Art avant-garde of the 1990s and 2000s digital actionism & concept art. UBERMORGEN celebrates a radical-subversive approach to data & matter. UBERMORGEN owns 175 websites/domains and they have been featured in 3000+ news reports & reviews. CNN called them „Maverick Austrian Business People”, NY Times called them 'simply brilliant'. UBERMORGEN was featured at Centre Pompidou, MoMA/PS1, Sydney Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, New Museum New York, SFMoma, ICC Tokyo, Gwangju Biennale, Serpentine Galleries, Whitney Museum. Main influences: Rammstein, Samantha Fox, XXXTentacion and Pixibücher, Olanzapine & LSD, Kentucky Fried Chicken's Coconut Shrimp Deluxe & Viennese Actionism. UBERMORGEN talks at international conferences, museums and symposia and they hold the professorship for Networks at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.
By Nye Thompson & UBERMORGEN
Composer/sound designer: Thom Kubli
Project Consultant: Adrian Bojenoiu
Branding & Web Team: Studio Hyte
Industrial Design & Monster Prototype: Tareg Al-Zamel
Photography & videography: Geoff Titley
Software architecture & machine learning: Richard Hopkirk & Martin Dixon
Mechatronics: Modulab Bucharest
CCTV visual prototypes: Alexander Zenker
Generously supported by: Administration of the National Cultural Fund / Romania, Arts Council England, British Council, City of Vienna, Federal Chancellery of Austria, Furtherfield, Haringey Council, OKdo, Pro Helvetia
Parteners: Revista ARTA, TVR, Scena9
Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.
Opening: 21 November 2020- 29th Jan 2021
Opening: 31 Oct 2020 - 31 Jan 2021