Our world develops and changes. The way we envision what the future may hold is likewise changing. Not that long ago artists and writers imagined how high technology, the Internet in particular, would effect us. Some of them imagined the cyborg, others thought of massive conscious computer networks, and still others focused on megalopolis cities. Our past is overcrowded with futures that sparkle, glow, or get buried in kipple and ashy debris. These speculations on the future get revised at the same time that we use, misuse, and adapt what we have now. Bits and pieces of how we thought about the future become embedded and attached to how we experience our present creating a hybrid between speculation, adaptation, and creative modification.
Visual artists sometimes investigate the relationships between technology, constructed environments, and individuals. They interpret high and low technology interactions in a way that emphasizes an experimental and creative approach. When this mode of artisitic practice begins to merge with how we image our technological future it becomes more and more difficult to distinguish them from each other. The output becomes less easily defined and the hybrid forms that develop carry with them clues as to what they were and what they are to become.
In the place of a thematic approach to installation, this show presents an environment in which the multiplicity of technological influence on visual art is evident. SPRAWL is an environment that exhibits interpretations of how an information-rich world becomes an inseparable part of creative practice. The work that SPRAWL makes visible is characteristic of the way in which visual artists use, re-use, mis-use, and bring our physical world and our digital environment into the same space. SPRAWL is a gray area between what is left and what is to come.
We live in a conglomeration of superimposed information networks. Our physical world is being devoured and woven into the fabric of our digital environments. We are adapting to this situation as much as we are adapting it to fit our own needs. We believing in using, re-using, and mis-using every bit and byte with what is left of our finger tips. SPRAWL exhibits interpretations of how an information-rich world becomes an inseparable part of creative practice.
SPRAWL is a gray area between what is left and what is to come.
SPRAWL comes from The Sprawl which is the setting of a series of novels by William Gibson. But, I don't think that you need to really have read the books to understand the concept (I highly recommend them though).
Have additionally contacted The Armoury Gallery, Spackle Gallery, The Green Gallery, and a few others in Milwaukee... as back-up to where the show is scheduled. This is in case the Borg Ward ends up having to shut down by the end of October. I have a feeling that we can have the show there if want to without too much difficulty, but we'll have to do all advertising and flyer'ing ourselves.