Group exhibition guest curated by Kelani Nichole, with works by Morehshin Allahyari, LaTurbo Avedon, Snow Yunxue Fu, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Pussykrew, Sabrina Ratté, Amina Ross, and Alan Warburton

Exhibition runs until Saturday 16 March, open Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm
Part of our 2019 programme home


Installation view. Image: Christopher MacInnes

Installation view. Image: Christopher MacInnes

arebyte Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of their 2019 programme. Titled Home, the programme attempts to reflect upon notions of home, taking as it's point of departure thoughts of housing and redevelopment of urban spaces and otherworldly sites of discovery; the disconnection of marginalised bodies; new ecologies for future ways of living; and looking beyond locality as a means of integrating change, as well as resisting the homogeneous nature of corporate systems and challenging ideas surrounding labour, leisure and existence.

We can no longer decipher what is real or fake. Simulation has been a topic of concerned conversation for decades, and  in recent years, the contours of a new contemporary art movement have begun to emerge.

The ‘Simulism’ movement has developed in resistance to the ethos of Silicon Valley, the ‘platforming’ and globalisation of culture, and the widespread availability of technologies of power like artificial intelligence, photorealistic CGI, and virtual and augmented reality. ‘Simulism’ simultaneously embraces and subverts technology,  interrogating the slippery world in which we live, and proposing humanist and non-binary futures.

In a 1977 lecture, Philip K. Dick spoke of counterfeit, deranged, private worlds where alternative experiences branch off and possible futures emerge, revealing the layers of simulation mediating contemporary culture. Simulacra and Simulation, a Jean Baudrillard treatise from the early 1980s, explored how signs, symbols, realities, and societies entwine into shared experiences—and how the saturation of such simulacra was beginning to render all meaning meaningless, long before we immersed ourselves in the overwhelming onslaught of digital stimulation we take for granted today.  In her Cyborg Manifesto (1984) Donna Haraway explains the virtual camera emulates rules of the real world, but in a symbolic manner. The virtual camera symbolically embodies a liminal space, an interface that enhances our physical bodies with a prosthetic extension.

Curated by Kelani Nichole of TRANSFER and featuring works by Morehshin Allahyari, LaTurbo Avedon, Snow Yunxue Fu, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Pussykrew, Sabrina Ratté, Amina Ross, and Alan Warburton RE-FIGURE-GROUND explores myth, identity, and the body. It proposes a softening – opening up an alternative view to the ideologies of Silicon Valley. Virtual space is inhabited with queer bodies; the boundaries of technology and the body are blurred, as are the lines between author, image, and algorithm. The artists unapologetically disrupt normative cultural production, demonstrating what it means to inhabit this infinitely malleable world.

Alan Warburton, still from  Homo Economicus  (2018) 3-channel HD computer generated simulation

Alan Warburton, still from Homo Economicus (2018) 3-channel HD computer generated simulation

Kelani Nichole is a design strategist and curator based in New York. She consults for agile product teams and startups, and founded TRANSFER, an experimental exhibition space in Brooklyn. Nichole specialises in challenging variable media artworks: she designs exhibitions in the home, gallery, and art market contexts. In 2018 Nichole began serving as director of The Current, a cooperative collection of contemporary media art that examines technology's impact on the human condition.

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between virtual studio practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery was founded in 2013 to support artists making computer-based artworks, by installing solo exhibitions of experimental media art. In 2016 the gallery shifted to focus programming on solo shows from women refiguring technology, and began traveling a new virtual exhibition format called the ‘TRANSFER Download’. In TRANSFER’s first five years, the gallery produced over 60 exhibitions of experimental media art in NYC and abroad, including international exhibitions, pop-ups and art fairs. In 2019 the gallery is relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California. TRANSFER is independently owned and directed by Kelani Nichole.

Artists and works:

- Morehshin Allahyari She who Sees the Unknown, Aisha Qandisha (2018) Video Installation

- LaTurbo Avedon Afterlife (Beta) (2018) Single-channel with Audio

- Snow Yunxue Fu Karst (2018) VR and Single-channel Video

- Carla Gannis A Subject Self-Defined (2016) Single-channel Videos

- Claudia Hart The Flower Matrix (2017–ongoing) VR Installation

- Lorna Mills Yellowwhirlaway (2017) 4-channel Animated GIF installation

- Eva Papamargariti But for Now All I can Promise is Things will Become Weirder  (2018) Video with Audio

- Pussykrew the bliss of metamorphing collapse (2018) VR and 3-channel Video Installation

- Sabrina Ratté Biomes (2016) Single-channel Videos with Audio

- Amina Ross by your hands i open/ spill out./ i’m the inside of an egg/ i pour/ we bloom/ magma rushing from a jagged crown of earth/ molten and dangerous and alive/ can’t you feel? (2018) Video Installation

- Alan Warburton Homo Economicus (2018) Single-channel Videos with Audio