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Networking the Unseen Exhibit

Featuring Gretta Louw, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, Curtis Taylor, Jenny Fraser, Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson and the Warnayaka Art Centre.

Networking the Unseen is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in contemporary art.


Furtherfield Gallery- McKenzie Pavilion,
Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ


Private View: 17 June 2016 18:00-21:00 (register here)

Open 11am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday or by appointment
Admission free

Networking the Unseen proposes a radical rethinking of widely accepted stereotypes concerning the impact of networks on contemporary global cultures, digital art, the avant garde, and indigenous art-making.

While digital networks manifest physically as tonnes of cabling, and electrical or electronic devices, the social and cultural impacts of the networks remain somehow invisible, eroding clearly felt boundaries of geography, place, culture and language.

Together with artist and curator Gretta Louw, Furtherfield presents an exhibition and event series that brings together concepts and experiences of remoteness and marginalised cultures, with art-making in contemporary society.

Five culturally and geographically disparate Australian artists – Gretta Louw, Jenny Fraser, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, and Curtis Taylor – and artists, including Neil Jupurrurla Cook, Isaiah Jungarrayi Lewis, and Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson from the Warnayaka Art Centre in Central Australia, present work situated at the intersection between avant garde digital, media, and installation art, the sociological study of digital and networked culture, and activism.

It tackles subjects ranging from digital colonialism and cultural marginalisation (or, conversely, diversity/empowerment) within an increasingly connected, online world to universal concerns around cultural change as a result of technological migration.

The exhibition extends our focus to the extremities of the global digital network. It subtly proposes ways to claim power back from centralising forces of control to use these tools for positive change; for intercultural exchange and empowerment for marginalised communities.

Events and Workshops

Neil Jupurrurla Cook and Gretta Louw in conversation
Saturday 18 June 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Furtherfield Commons
Join Neil Jupurrurla Cook, artist and Director of the Warnayaka Art and Aboriginal Cultural Corporation, and Gretta Louw, artist and curator, for a Show and Tell and conversation about their collaboration and work.
FREE – Limited places, booking essential (register here)

Free Saturday family workshops
Saturdays, 23 July – 27 August, 2-4pm – Furtherfield Commons
Fun, interactive workshops for local families to co-create using art & technology – suitable for children aged 5 upwards – throughout July – August 2016 at Furtherfield Commons.
Details to be confirmed – Register your interest (here)

Selfie App Workshop series led by Gretta Louw and Furtherfield
Wednesday 3 – Friday 4 August 2016 – Furtherfield Commons
For practitioners of all ages (artists, techies, activists)
Questioning the moulds or templates that we are given by online media today. Working with apps to insert our own more diverse experiences and cultures into existing Social Media platforms. Increasing the visibility of alternative (age, background, class, sexual orientation) identities and relationships in networked media
Details to be confirmed – Register your interest (here)

Do It With Others – Art and Solidarity in the Age of Networks
Saturday 6 August, 12-5pm – Wysing Poly
With Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Gretta Louw, Tim Waterman and They Are Here
This day long symposium explores art as a commons (defined as the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society) in the age of networks and neoliberalism. How can the practices, circulation, appreciation and stewardship of arts be emancipated for all? Exploring tensions between digital inclusion and cultural diversity in the digital global hegemony.
FREE – Limited places, booking essential (register here)

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