arebyte on screen
AOS is a platform dedicated to artist videos, multimedia experiences and curatorial interventions utilising digital formats to address current political, economic and theoretical discussion, viewable 24/7 both online and via a screen in the gallery window of arebyte. Following in the footsteps of our Storage-un.it project, which ran from 2015-17 in our storage space in Hackney Wick, AOS will continue our research in online and virtual spaces for curation and artistic production.
For the online component of arebyte gallery’s 2018 ‘Islands’ programme , Luiza Prado and Daniel Rourke invite a potentially endless chain of artists to co-create a web-based billboard of graffiti-like visual calls and responses. Each artist will ‘run over’ one other in dissenting acts of ‘atropelo’: a term used in Brazilian graffiti culture for territorial interventions over someone else’s work. Subverting and writing over and into each other, the works appearing at atropelos.com and aos.arebyte.com throughout the latter half of 2018 will become a palimpsest of colonial counter-histories, and affirmative decolonising enunciations. The project began with three physical posters created for the 2018 Walk&Talk Festival , in the Azores. The original works, pasted at locations of colonial significance across the shores of the island of São Miguel, addressed systems of power that have marked the history of the Azores islands. By inviting a series of artists to continue the project online, Prado and Rourke’s original inscriptions will become merely a part of a complex conversation on decolonising narratives.