Six artists sit on a moving pulse. The pulse is a travelling wave of information and experiences that change daily. The pulse encourages us to adapt to our environment as quickly as it changes – as quickly as it offers an upgraded tool. Pulse groups together five projects from six young artists with an innate technological awareness. Their practice is informed by their childhood experiences of a constantly changing technological environment reflected in the proliferation of personal computers, portable music devices and home VCRs. Each piece has been chosen with this evolving experience in mind. It becomes obvious that their output as emerging contemporary artists would involve this – the technological.
With flashing lights and constant movement, the works are time capsules for trends in the constantly changing "pulse". An LED sculpture is accompanied by the artist's how-to manual, highlighting our tendency to open-source everything and boost it to the next level. A machine databases the image of a patch of grass, then projects it in tiny segments along the floor, alluding to our progress with mapping technology and its ability to catalogue, capture and recreate space. A messaging software attempts to graph the changing likenesses between you and your friends, exposing a new perspective on the social differences in a virtual world. A musician becomes a machine by allowing an audience to remix and control her performance – the user interface develops a new emotional context for the push of a button. And finally, a wall of biogenetically-engineered animal "failures" are packaged and branded to be sold as toys, offering a possibility for the exaggerated use of our current tools.
Each work in this show is conceivably alive. Attempting to emphasize, explore or experiment with our adaptation to technology, it carries a very current pulse.
**Amy Learmonth will allow an audience to "remix and control her performance" the following dates: Friday July 8th 7-10pm, Saturday July 16th 12-5pm, Friday July 22nd 4-5pm, and Saturday August 6th 12-5pm.
InterAccess would like to thank Vtape for their support of Pulse.