INTERFACE

neo:studios is pleased to present a pioneering exhibition of contemporary art, which explores the impact of technology on our daily physical and social environment and on visual culture in general.

The original meaning of the word ‘interface’ is a boundary between two entities, such as a cell wall or human skin, but is now most commonly associated with the means of communication between ourselves and the technology we depend on.

Digital interfaces have become such an integral part of our lives, that they are often taken for granted. By focusing on ‘interfaces’ as the subject, rather than purely as conveyors of information, the exhibition aims to initiate a dialogue about the ways they represent reality and directly influence our understanding of the world.

The exhibition has been organised and curated by three neo:associates, Lucie Wilson, Sandra Bouguerch and Sume Leyden, who have invited a diverse group of 23 regional, national and international artists to work creatively around their personal interpretation of the theme. Sandra says:

‘The artists responded to the invitation with tremendous enthusiasm and ingenuity.’ Visitors to the exhibition will find an eclectic mix of exhibits, from interactive mirrors which turn to face the viewer, virtual reality installations, futuristic animations and sound pieces, as well as paintings, videos and 3D artworks.

American artist Eric Pickersgill has contributed a series of photographs which feature people in a range of day-to day situations, seemingly engrossed in their smartphones. On closer inspection, we see that the devices have been removed from their hands.

Eric says: ‘The making of the photograph operates as a way of disrupting the isolation I feel from strangers, who barricade themselves behind their technology. This exchange creates new relationships, while is also asking the viewer to question their own device habits. I am excited by the way the viewer fills in the device at first look. It is as if the device has become one with the body and can be seen when not present.’

Other artists included are Alastair Peat, Ashokkumar D Mistry, Bex Ilsley, Carolyn Curtis-Magri, Elliot Brown, Guli Silberstein, Helen Wheeler, Henry and Bragg (Julie and Debbie), Dr Jacqueline Wylie, Janette Byrne, Keith Brown, Liliana Robins, Louise Garman, Oliver Blight, Paul Turnock, Said Afifi, Sally A Hayes, Tess Baxter and Zlatco Cosic.
A series of artist’s talks will be staged throughout the duration of the exhibition and a catalogue containing images, artists’ statements and critical writing will be available for sale.
neo:gallery 23 The Market Place Bolton BL1 2AL
Preview Saturday 31st March 2 – 4pm 31st March – 20th May Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Free Admission – Gallery is fully accessible
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