Digital-inspired art at Jerwood Space’s Assembly show

Today sees the opening of Assembly – a Jerwood Encounters show that presents  artworks inspired by all things digital.

Charlie Woolley, Book shop and bean bags, We have out own concept of time and motion, Auto Italia South East, 2011.

Source: Photo Theo Cook. Courtesy the artist and Auto Italia South East.

Charlie Woolley, Book shop and bean bags, We have out own concept of time and motion, Auto Italia South East, 2011.

While clearly the rapidly-developing nature of technology is impacting the way people make work  it’s interesting to see that much of the work in the show  is created in a distinctly analogue manner.

Charlie Woolley’s installation consists of a ‘space for activity’ formed of drapes and furniture. Throughout the exhibition’s duration, Woolley will be inviting individuals and organisations to collaborate with him to take part in a series of events within the space. As with the internet, the space is activated by interaction – meaning it constantly morphs and evolves with the different participants.

Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth, Screenshot of www.kimcolemanjennyhogarth.co.uk/blog 07.02.12.

Source: Courtesy the artists

Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth, Screenshot of www.kimcolemanjennyhogarth.co.uk/blog 07.02.12.

Collective The Hut Project is showing a new video installation formed from a segment of a documentation of a previous performance; while Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth have taken the internet theme rather literally. Their piece is an ‘exploded installation of their blog’, according to the gallery, showing their separate online records intertwined as a single chain of overlapping events through a dialogue of video clips.

Curator Sarah Williams says. ‘Within recent years a surge in the use of digital communication technology has impacted on artistic practice in the way work is produced, discussed and displayed. As a result there has been an increase in performance-based work, events, film, installation, broadcast and online exploration.

‘Assembly aims to explore the influence of the constantly-shifting platform of the Internet and how work made in an increasingly digitalised world is reconciled within the context of a physical gallery space.’

The Hut Project, The Trouble With Women (detail) 2011.

Source: Courtesy the artists and Limoncello Gallery, London, UK

The Hut Project, The Trouble With Women (detail) 2011.

As well as an accompanying website showing further conversations, images and videos, the exhibition will also see a number of talks and events complimenting the show.

Curated by Charlie Woolley and Richard John Jones, each of the events are centred around the idea of ‘activity’,  with film screenings; Ian Bone’s Class War Jumble sale, selling ‘ephemera and merchandise from the class struggle’; a Banner Making Workshop and a Collective Film Workshops.

Assembly runs until 24 June at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1. For more information visit www.jerwoodvisualarts.org

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