The New Media Gallery presents eight award-winning artists consider the multiple narratives and symbolic systems that have accumulated around contemporary notions of currency in a rapidly changing world of technology. They consider how things and ideas acquire value, reflecting common anxieties, critiques and problematic relationships with our systems of currency.
Fabbio Lattanzi Antinori (Italy) uses gas chromatography to create a luxe perfume reflecting the volatile spikes of the biggest financial crash in history; LarbitsSisters (Beligum) create a social media campaign directing bots to produce cryptocurrency that attempts to restore fair balance to data exchange. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau (Austria + France) manipulate surveillance technology to measure the currency of human attention in art. Jonathan Monaghan (USA) adopts an ancient, apocalyptic narrative to reflect modern anxieties around future systems of currency and surveillance. Byron Peters purchases a piece of ephemeral real estate with the currency of social media. And Daniel McKewen utilizes a labour term to make sense of a catastrophic event involving the buying and selling of securities. Together these works offer a fascinating glimpse into currency in the early 21st century.
Exhibition Ends: : December 13, 2020
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