Nye Thompson’s Programme 2 explores our world through the many new digital systems that have fundamentally changed how we see and exist. Data is harvested, other worlds are imagined and the cataclysmic effect of technology is explored.
Technical innovator Nye Thompson's work is celebrated for its often weird and unsettling effect, as she pushes the boundaries of digital art by creating data-generating artist software systems to explore the often hidden impact of new technologies. She will premiere the new work /artefact for Visions, originally commissioned by The Lowry’s WEEK 53 Festival, which virtually builds a colossal dividing wall on the un-walked territories of Mars.
24 other artists’ work join Thompson’s from Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, the US and Wales, contemplating data gathering, other worlds, space, earth and CCTV. Join the digital Disco Islam (Bijan Moosavi), an alternative future for mankind (Stefan Hurtig) and works produced from months spent online during lockdown.
Presenting Judith Alder, John Barlow, Laurel Beckman, Max Colson, Susan Eyre, Dave Farnham, Aurèle Ferrier, Federica Foglia, Tessa Garland, Libby Heaney, Stefan Hurtig, Jo Lawrence, Robert Luzar and Martina Schmücker, Shanna Maurizi, Bijan Moosavi, Finn Rabbitt Dove, George Finlay Ramsay, Elke Reinhuber, Hiroya Sakurai, Dagmar Schürrer, Mattia Spagnuolo, Charlie Tweed.
Visions is Bow Arts’ renowned biennial exhibition of moving image, digital and performance art, and this year presents work from 15 countries selected from a worldwide open call. Lead artists Hetain Patel, Nye Thompson and Benedict Drew will all show new films, the themes of which guide the curation of the show’s three programmes.
An online event programme will run throughout the exhibition and all exhibition works will also be available online. Visions 2020 was selected by Tessa Garland, Sophie Hill and Kamila Kuc, together with the lead artists.
Please note, you are welcome to bring your own headphones to the exhibition. Shared gallery headphones are available at each screen and cleaned by a member of staff after use.
As part of the exhibition, Nye Thompson has released three unique digital prints, allowing you to purchase your very own piece of Mars. Printed on metallic paper, they have an otherworldly feel, and each represent a unique area of Martian land on Mars.
Martian Territories Land Deeds, 2020
Digital Prints on C-Type Kodak Metallic paper
Unique Edition (each one represents a unique area of Martian land)
220 x 307mm
25 Sep – 18 Oct
15 Dec – 17 Jan (closed for Christmas from 21 Dec to 4 January)