THE DIGITAL (IN)STABILITY
11th October 2016
RCA Dyson Building, Battersea. SW11 4AN
19th November 2016
Blip Blip Blip, East Street Arts LS9 7EH
Claire Davies, Anne Haaning, John Lawrence, David Steans
Guest Curated by Harry Meadley
Richard Bell (RCA Screening)
Josephine Flynn (Blip Blip Blip screening)
THE DIGITAL (IN)STABILITY brings together five works that negotiate the relationship between the human body and digital images. The films interrogate how digital forms can exploit moments of instability in both matter and identity. As an increasingly familiar processes of interrogating the personal and emotive through digital forms become apparent: Claire Davies, John Lawrence and David Steans explore the digital’s role amongst domestic spaces and offer a seemingly intimate narrative portrayal of each protagonist. Similarly in Anne Haaning’s work special effects imagery pulled from YouTube tutorials are used to find common ground between permeating digital processes and much older spiritual beliefs, provocatively questioning whether this immaterial anarchism might also offer us liberation from the very laws of physics.
This screening marks the start of a second screening program curated by Spectrum that will continue throughout 2016 and 2017. Initiated by Alex Culshaw and Rachel Wilson the curatorial project arose from a want to research and provide a platform for artists currently working with moving image. Spectrum is formed from an annual open call, the screening events are curated from the entries received and tailored to the entries rather than prescribing a particular 'theme' beforehand. A guest curator is invited to respond to each screening by contributing the work of another artist who is listed as the guest artist. Alongside this we publish a collection of writings inspired by the films selected can be accessed as a PDF here.