Preview July 20 6-9pm
In the figurative sense, a proxy can be understood as “a politics of the stand-in and decoy” (Levin, Tollmann; 2016). It can take many shapes such as a bot, an algorithm, a scam, a sound, an avatar, an alter-ego, a body double, a decentralized and immaterial object or even a curatorial collective.
PANDO is a curatorial collective investigating proxy politics as an artistic counter strategy. Join us for the opening of ‘Something in the Distance’ at EnclaveLab featuring the work of Anne de Boer. The artist created a proxy, which the curatorial collective will inhabit over the next four weeks. This proxy acts as a surrogate of both the artist and the collective, as well as an intermediary between them and the public. EnclaveLab will host Anne’s proxy on screens and structures he builds within the space. This forms the physical body of his proxy (through which PANDO also speaks), and this body will continually morph to support, retreat from or fit around other proxies which enter the space within the next weeks. The focus of our collaborative research is on the proxy as an artistic counter-strategy used to withdraw from direct competition, explore the benefits and shortcomings of anonymous critique and relaxed authorship allowing the production of meaning to happen through the process of distribution.
Anne de Boer (b. 1987, Enschede NL) is a London based artist actively seeking potential collaboration with different forms of intelligence. Content, either produced or harvested, is being presented, manipulated and arranged through algorithms, shuffle functions, randomizers or other coded structures. Devices that normally function in the background, as hosts to works on display, are equipped with tools that allow for forms of communication or contribution to the work as a whole. Currently these results are gathered by ECKS-EN-IS, an organism that grows in content and capability. This part is accessible online via ecksenis.net as well as in installations and works offline. De Boer co-founded both HARD-CORE (2011) and the Mycological Twist (2014).
Recent projects include: Planned Obsolescence, Prolog.Vision, Moscow; KOSMO, Kevin Space, Vienna; Polluted&rearranged&garage&virtualized&LOVE&Fighting&repeat&usb&, Hartslane, London; Athens Digital Art Festival, Web Art, Athens; TEXT2SPEECH: Proxy Politics As Withdrawal, ICA, London; Пикник на обочине (Piknik na obochine), EXO EXO, Paris; Two Admirable Uncles Communicating to the Beat, Channel Normal, online; The Ripped Uk Power plug, Goldsmiths Gallery, London; the Mycological Twist / Riverside / Rust, Riverside, Bern.
PANDO is a curatorial collective investigating proxy politics as an artistic counter strategy. PANDO@EnclaveLab intends to use this space as a platform for exploring various manifestations of artistic proxies. Most of the practices we will engage are focused on the technological, however also economical and social conditions that artists are dealing with or developing proxies within as a method of withdrawal from the art market, the institution, authorship or identity politics. The program will consists of five exhibitions, including installation, performance and sonic art, as well as artist-curated exhibitions, between 13 July and 13 August 2016. Artists/collaborators include RCPP, Anne de Boer, Lars Hering, a project by GOLDSMITHSGALLERY hosted by Frederique Pisuisse and many more. PANDO will also produce one para-curatorial event each week. PANDO’s events will be aligned with the current exhibition, however host different individuals research on cyberfeminism, surveillance technology, sonic art and moving image.
Something in the Distance is supported by Goldsmiths MFA Curating and Enclave.