[NetBehaviour] NULL OBJECT: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing
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Fri Nov 9 18:01:12 CET 2012
NULL OBJECT: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing
Friday 30 November 2012–Saturday 9 February 2013
Private View: Thursday 29 November, 6–8 pm
NULL OBJECT will exhibit the results of the collaboration between London
Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) and internationally
celebrated artist Gustav Metzger to create a sculptural work by linking
a computer-brain interface with industrial manufacturing technology.
Using bespoke software, London Fieldworks produced 3D shape information
from EEG readings of Metzger’s brainwaves as he attempted to think about
nothing. This data was translated into instructions for a manufacturing
robot, which carved out the shapes from the interior of a block of stone
to create a void space.
As well as the sculptural representation of Gustav Metzger thinking
about nothing, exhibits will include a film of the carving of the stone
as well as other documentation of the development and delivery of the work.
A timely addition and challenge to the present climate of technological
evolution and increasing cybernetic augmentation, NULL OBJECT offers an
alternative model for a creative, non-invasive interface between
body,mind and machine.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the same name
published by Black Dog Publishing, including an introduction by the
artists, a text by Gustav Metzger and four contextualising essays by
Bronac Ferran, Hari Kunzru, Nick Lambert and Christopher Tyler. These
leading writers across the fields of literature, art, science and
technology explore the diverse historical and conceptual grounding for
and broader implications of NULL OBJECT’s production process.
Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson will be signing copes of the book on the
evening of the private view.
Gustav Metzger and London Fieldworks will discuss the project further at
Central Saint Martins in Spring 2013. Please check back for details of
additional events to be held at WORK Gallery in conjunction with the
NULL OBJECT has been funded by Arts Council England and Computer Arts
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