Digital Zoo

In a bid to democratise digital art and take it out of a gallery context, arts organisation Furtherfield is organising the Digital Zoo touring show, putting internet-driven art into UK-wide shopping centres.

Leeds Wall
Leeds Wall

The exhibition launches at Trinity Leeds shopping centre this week, and will examine ‘the way the Internet and social media have changed our culture’, according to Furtherfield, which partnered with producers The CultureCode Initiative and Land Securities, owners of Trinity Leeds, to stage the show.

The ‘zoo’ of the title was inspired by the way social media makes our lives visible for all to gawp at, and as such, much of the work in the exhibition draws on things like tweets and Facebook statuses as materials.

Borders
Borders

Six works will feature in the Trinity Leeds exhibition, including experimental software, videos, installations and mobile media.

Arts collective Transnational Temps has created a new piece for the show entitled Mall of the Mind – an app game that challenges users to scour Trinity Leeds for ‘wildlife’. Representations of animals can be found around the centre, and having successfully hunted them down, users can share their ‘documentary photos’ via social media.

Animacules
Animacules

Other works include the Animacules animation by Genetic Moo, inspired by  the19th century sea life illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and the work of the 17th century Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

Kay's Blog
Kay’s Blog

Li Sterry’s installation Kay’s Blog explores the phenomena of people opening up about often very personal things online.

Kay's Blog
Kay’s Blog

As well as showcasing the artworks, Digital Zoo will also host a series of workshops for children around Andy Deck’s Crow_Sourcing installation, based around animal noises and social media.

Crow_Sourcing
Crow_Sourcing

Digital Zoo takes place from 14 – 23 February at Trinity Leeds, Albion St, Leeds, Yorkshire LS1 before touring to Lewisham, London; Sunderland; London’s Shepherd’s Bush and White Rose, Leeds. For information on dates visit http://furtherfield.org/projects/digital-zoo

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