SD 19021421022014SD!

‘SOCIETYDISTRACTED’
tom bresolin
19/02/2014 – 21/02/2014

48 hr durational performance

@DISTRACTSOCIETY

https://www.facebook.com/events/1415366878704149/

This project is part of the continued exploration by the artist Thomas Bresolin, of violent structures within contemporary society. Using his immediate, visceral, physical, and interactive performance works, or ‘surface violence’, Bresolin argues against structural conditions which produces such violence.

SD is ‘48hrs of unadulterated media content’ – a collaborative production of 48hrs of continuous image saturation and the effects upon of a group of participants. For 48hours the artist and a group of participants will be immersed in the onslaught of imagery and sensory experiences contributed by a group of artists and curators, as a response to the question of how they construct political meaning amongst a deluge of cultural imagery.

During the 48hrs the group will asses the infinite fragmented content of imagery after the internet – or, to quote Jodi Dean, within communicative capitalism. Structural violence is doled out via or aesthetics and interactions, this project takes as its point of departure the frequently used paraphrase ‘the personal is political’, and asks if we can knowingly insert our bodies into the space of simulacra and its velocity, can we see behind the image – or – find processes to better use aesthetics in political and active ways?

Participating Contributors:

Alexis Milne
Rebecca Cooper
Dan Mc Clennan
Joey Holder
Nik Jaffe
Lauren Lapidge
Amy Bresolin
Charles Stanton-Jones
Arcadia Missa
Mark Lewis
Jesse Darling
James Lawrence Slattery
Olivia Wynter
Redtube

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Participation? 

tom bresolin

Activist and visual artist who maintains a distinct mistrust of technological development! Organiser.

Dan Mc Clennan

My practice is an exploration concerning encounters with a traumatic and ungraspable ‘Real’ which resists representation and denies mastery. I tend to work with sound and video installation in an attempt to create an over-proximity, an amplification of the tension between the traumatic spectacle and the discomfiting and displaced knowledge which often accompanies such spectacles. My work addresses and encourages the ruptures, fractures and slippage that affords us a brief connection to that which is behind the ‘screen’ of representation. My practice is based in London.

Arcadia Missa

Arcadia Missa is a Gallery and Publishers, which opened in 2011 in London. http://arcadiamissa.com/ Arcadia Missa will be contributing some of their favourite video art that is available online, as well as various documentaries and tv programmes: “I promise we won’t send you any more rubbish home movies of me on my computer, I’ll send some actual good stuff that we enjoy watching, rather than footage of me watching something you can’t see.”

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arcadiamissa.com
Charles Stanton-Jones
Charles Stanton-Jones is an inter-disciplinary artist working in partnership with RSJ Engineering, established in 1985, “understanding the challenges of today for a brighter tomorrow.” RSJ Engineering is a technology, aeronautical and aerospace consultancy providing expertise to private sector industries. Charles Stanton-Jones is an artist exploring the fusion of corporate ventures and art.

http://stanton-jones.com

Amy Bresolin

I am completing BA Creative & Expressive Therapies as a Visual Artist. I understand creativity to be a fundamental, natural human process. I find the ‘therapy’ setting of my practice minimizing and want to apply its concepts to working to transform aspects of mainstream society. I believe sociologically, I am positioned in a created structure that is not a creation of mine, not one I have agreed to participate in and I do not believe it exists for my true benefit.
I feel bombarded with things I have not chosen. I feel as a sensory, living being I am affected and susceptible in many ways, not all in my recognised consciousness. Even my process of disbelief is not one that removes me entirely from that which is inflicted. I feel anxious about a future in which this bombardment is technologically intensifying. This is complex because I do not want to isolate myself by actively not participating. Yet I believe I should be the creator of my environment and have choice over what I in take.

Jesse Darling

JD is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, “dasein by design”, and the spaces in which performance becomes unmediated experience.

http://bravenewwhatever.tumblr.com

Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper works with video, text and installation – previously adopting techniques borrowed from projection mapping to fragment and then scatter the resulting image.
rebeccacooper.co.uk
Joey Holder

Joey Holder’s work includes painting, sculpture, video and digital manipulations. She is concerned with the notions of the artificial and the natural, two terms whose meanings we have become less able to define within today’s modern technology driven world and our adaption to this ever-revised order. By contrasting organic substances and surfaces through a series of abstractions, she creates a world of manifold layers, none more unified or natural than the next. Virtual and digitised forms exist in parallel, distant remnants forced together into stable configurations, resulting in moments of pure display and hyper-aestheticization.

http://www.joeyholder.com

texture

Alexis Milne

I am a London based artist concerned with issues surrounding recent political protest and forms of autonomous subcultural uprising (such as Hip Hop and Rave cultures) and their subsequent media dissemination and forms of recuperation. My work traverses video scratch collage and interventionist performance, utilizing alter egos, the grotesque, and cartoonist parody as tools to comment on the erosion of the authentic and in particular, riot as spectacle. Riot Act

http://www.alexismilne.com/

James Lawrence Slattery

Artist currently making work with performance and film / I am interested in structure and how to discuss moments (narrative or otherwise) through film making, and the sculptural moments of film.

Liv Wynter
Liv Wynter is an artist whose work embodies the position of the fan as the active creative, interested in rewriting histories that she is obsessed with, such as hip hop culture to include herself, and also to include things such as queer theory and feminism.

Mark Lewis

In my work I use footage, imagery and sounds that can be my own or from a range of sources including advertisements, YouTube ephemera and Cinema. I am interested in how disparate things hinge on each other and the potential to extract new meaning, or to change meaning by putting things next to each other, near each other or on top of each other. I construct videos and installations that play with the relationships and tensions between music and moving image, seduction and repulsion and obscurity and familiarity.

http://markwilliamlewis.tumblr.com

Lauren Lapidge

Artist and Curator who explores the digital and visual realms.

http://laurenlapidge.com/

Redtube

One of the largest internet pornography websites hosting thousands of videos received millions of hits per day. ‘Welcome to RedTube, the Home of Videos Porno.’ Redtube has selected 2hours of there favourite videos to be exhibited specifically for this exhibition.

http://www.redtube.com/