[NetBehaviour] Invitation Exhibition Hacking Antartica London

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Tue Jan 15 13:27:03 CET 2019


17 JANUARY – 28 JANUARY 2019 

WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2019, 5–8 pm

MONDAY 21 JANUARY 2019, 5–6 pm

London Gallery West is delighted to present Hacking Antarctica, a solo exhibition by Alejandra Pérez Núñez as part of her practice-based PhD at The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster. The CREAM doctoral programme hosts a thriving international community of researchers exploring theory and practice-based issues across art, design, photography, moving image, film, ceramics, cultural studies, music, art and technology/science. 

Hacking Antarctica explores artistic responses that interrogate the chasm now apparent between humans and nature and proposes a methodology for artistic research based on hacking. The exhibition showcases artworks that challenge representations of the polar continent, and embracing the concept of the site as a concept that reinforces the productive character of art, as it devises local and leaves visible the infrastructure that is part of its production.

Experimental devices – ranging from bio-cultures to digital sensors – were implemented across sites in sub-polar areas, high altitudes, and extreme environments including highly polluted areas. Used as unconventional registers they were designed to implement forms of human and non-human discourse as a means to investigate the production of imperceptibility in the Antarctic region. Based on a conception of hacking as an onto-epistemological method - in the sense that ways of knowing are altered by ways of being - the hackspresented in the exhibition involve some of these field works and site-specific performances and include:

# "Antarctica 1961-1996" (2017), a sound installation originally commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO) for the exhibition "Otros Sonidos, Otros Paisajes"

# The fabulated documentary "A sublime settlement" (2018) in which the artist speculates on the PM-3A nuclear reactor used in Antarctica in the 1960s.

# The installation "Antarctic Sound Cartography" (2009-2018) which documents the artists’ field work realized in Antarctica and the sub-Polar areas of the Magellan region in Chile. 

# A series of photographs, "Mold", in which the processes of contamination are documented in the peripheral zones of sub-polar townships and with which the artist uses to help establish new understandings of the polar as polluted.

The work presented aims to contribute to the displacement of dominant forms of human ‘truth’ in which the imperceptibility of the non-human is remaindered as inaccessible and insignificant. Instead recognition of the hegemony of the ‘distribution of the sensible’ is foregrounded such that imperceptibility may be newly regarded as the production of an alterity of not-knowledge.

ABOUT Alejandra Pérez Núñez 
Alejandra Pérez Núñez is a sound artist and media designer who uses Free Libre Open Source technologies. Her work focuses on the study of Antarctica and encompasses sound, performance, video, installation, as well as site-specific and land art interventions. She is currently based in Chile where she works at the Chilean Antarctic Institute and teaches at the Geology School in the Faculty of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, the University of Chile. Alejandra has been awarded numerous grants and residencies and her work has been shown in various international contexts including the 2017 conference Music and Hackingat Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris, and in radio-based art commissions for Kunst Radio of Vienna (2013) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2014).

Visitor Information:
London Gallery West
Westminster School of Arts
The Forum, University of Westminster
Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3TP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7911 5970
Email: m.maziere at westminster.ac.uk
Website: www.westminster.ac.uk/london-gallery-west

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