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James Bridle @jamesbridle
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Last year I was asked to choose a group of artists for the NGV Melbourne Triennial on the theme of 'The Virtual', and I am really pleased with the result. Each artist contributed a work or set of works, and a text to the online exhibition. Here they all are:
Morehshin Allahyari (@morehshin)'s 'Distributed Monument'… - 3D-printed recreations of sculpture destroyed by ISIS - alongside The 3D Additivism Manifesto…
Ingrid Burrington (@lifewinning) and Meredith Whittaker (@mer__edith)'s sigils for the internet age, 'The Realm of Rough Telepathy'… is paired with Burrington's essay 'Living with our Daemons'…
Kyriaki Goni's (@Kyra_Goni)'s speculative networks of data havens in the Aegean Sea… and her wonderful text 'Living on the sea surrounded by the sea'…
Selected projects from Ian Alan Paul (@IanAlanPaul)'s Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History… are accompanied by Derek Gregory's essay 'The Black Flag'…
Alan Warburton's (@CGWTF)'s 'Primitives'… explore AI and mob representation while his brilliant video essay 'Spectacle, Speculation, Spam'… dissects the artistic possibilities of digital, experimental animation
Last/not least, Robert Yang (@radiatoryang)'s new game 'The Tearoom'… simulates cruising, anxiety, and police surveillance - while his counterpoised essay questions the idea that VR can really let you empathise with anyone else…
(While the exhibition includes works depicting violence -e.g. Richard Mosse's 'Incoming'- the NGV did not feel able to include the trailer for 'The Tearoom' in the exhibition. You can watch it online here: . It includes sexual acts performed on a handgun.)
I also wrote a short essay for the exhibition, on the exploration, exploitation, and perhaps the eventual elimination of The Virtual:…
Other themes include Time, Movement, Change, and notably the Body, a great series of works curated by Hannah Black (@nanpansky). You can explore all the contributions here:…
I'm incredibly grateful to all of the participating artists for their contributions and discussions, as well as the NGV (@NGVMelbourne) for inviting me to put this together. Here endeth the tweets.
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