6 – 27 September
Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
10- 14 Waterloo Pl.
Curated for Phoenix Brighton by The Fortunecats (shardcore and Sam Hewitt), with support from Sue Gollifer and Matt Pearson, The New Sublime is an exhibition and series of discussions exploring the new ways in which artists who use digital technology are engaging with the viewer’s attention. This is a thorny subject because technology catches our attention in a particular way. When viewing this kind of work we may be initially fascinated and involved, but eventually slightly bored. This may describe our relationship to technology in general.
The question we are asking is: ‘Can art which uses digital technology move us in the same sustained way as other forms of contemporary art?’ Based on our previous experience of curating digital art exhibitions and making our own work, the answer is a tentative “yes”.
We will be showing work by emerging and established new media artists which we think either confirms our hypothesis or raises interesting questions around the subject. Pictured is “No Network” by Julian Oliver. It is an illegal network jammer in the shape of a battle tank. This work exemplifies what the is exhibition is about. Technology is an essential part of the piece but its socio-political comment overrides its technological interest. We are showing work by thirteen international artists who are more interested in how the art feels or what it makes us think than what it’s made of.
Please join us at the preview on Friday 5 September, 6.30 – 9 pm.