Ars Electronica – Copy Paste

Piksel Cyber Salon – Piksel Fest Spill 2020 / COPY PASTE exhibition / Hackteria & Badlab

Piksel is an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom. Part workshop, part festival, it is organized in Bergen, Norway, and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free technologies.

Piksel participates in the unofficial parallel activities around the Bergen International Festival. We call this new initiative Piksel Fest Spill. The goal of this new program is to add electronic performances to the art scene during the most international season in Bergen, May/June.

Piksel Fest Spill 2020 is premiering the Piksel Cyber Salon. Designed by the Mexican artist Malitzin Cortés, the virtual venue hosts COPY PASTE, an exhibition featuring the work of five artists who all make copying a core aspect of their work. The exhibition aims to show that copying is natural, and to rethink the way we create/share/copy and paste.

Piksel presents a video program and a Live Coding ALGORAVE. The Worship – Dinner Performance, an original idea from Maya Minder, Hackteria, takes elements of #asrm (autonomous sensory meridian response) as a way to explore the online broadcasting of emotions through sound. The Authors of the Future. Re-imagining Copyleft lecture, by Constant, is about authors’ licensing. The curator’s tour will be led by Antonio Roberts, who will participate in the ALGORAVE with Alex McLean.

Copy Paste photos

Photos of the Copy Paste exhibition currently taking place at Piksel in Bergen, Norway, and online in the Piksel Cyber Salon

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Copy Paste

Full list of exhibiting artists inculde Carol Breen, Constant, LoVid, Lorna Mills, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez + Julien Deswaef, Duncan Poulton, Eric Schrijver, Peter Sunde.

Photos taken by Maite Cajaraville. More photos can be seen here.

If you have the opportunity to see the exhibition in person please do! It’s open until 21st June.

Copy Paste opening

Copy Paste opened at Piksel in Bergen on the evening of Friday 22nd May. Sadly myself and all of the exhibiting artists were unable to be there but fortunately they live streamed the whole thing.

After all of the uncertainty about whether Copy Paste would go ahead I’m really happy that situation in Bergen has been good enough for the exhibition to welcome visitors. It was sad to not to be in Bergen myself to see everything IRL but I’m thankful to Maite and Gisle, Directors of Piksel, for handling all of the logistics and installation of the works.

Copy Paste exists in two spaces. In the physical studio space visitors can find works by Carol Breen, Constant, Lorna Mills, Duncan Poulton, Eric Schrijver, and Peter Sunde.

Here’s a pixelated look at some of the artworks as captured by me in the UK from the livestream:

Copy Paste also exists as a virtual online exhibition in the Piksel Cyber Salon.

The space is built using Mozilla Hubs and works in your web browser (or VR headset if you have one). In the Cyber Salon you can find works by LoVid, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez + Julien Deswaef, Carol Breen, and Duncan Poulton.

Many thanks Malitzin Cortes for designing this space. You can visit it at any time and all of the live streamed events will also be streamed to there.

Events

Speaking of events check out these upcoming events happening as part of Copy Paste!

Curator’s Tour

24th, 31st, 7th, 14th, 21st June 13:00 – 14:00
Each Sunday at 13:00 – 14:00 CEST I’ll be giving a tour of the exhibition (remotely, obvs), talking a bit about each artwork and how they contribute to the exhibition and explore ideas around copying.

Live Coding Algorave Performance with Alex McLean and Antonio Roberts

29th May 23:00 – 00:00 CEST
On 29th May 23:00 – 00:00 myself and Alex McLean will be doing a live coding performance. Alex will be doing his usual patterns of sample based music and visually I’ll be mixing things up a bit.

Authors of the Future

6th June 18:00 – 20:00 CEST
An online presentation from Constant of Authors of the Future, with a focus on the Cinemas Sauvage license. This license shows the pitfalls and fun (im)possibility of coming to an agreement with a bunch of anarchist people who do not want to agree on a rule.

Internet Archaeology for Beginners

7th June 16:00 – 18:00 CEST
Join artist Duncan Poulton on 7th June 16:00 – 18:00 CEST for a virtual workshop which offers an introduction to techniques for mining and misusing the web for creative reuse. Attendees will visit the depths of the internet that search engines don’t want you to find, and learn to make their own digital collages from the materials they gather.

To book onto Duncan’s workshop and find out more about the other eents send an e-mail to piksel20(at)piksel(dot)no

Hope y’all enjoy the exhibitoin!

Howie Lee in conversation with Antonio Roberts

If you don’t believe in concepts like creativity and originality, are claims to authorship and copyright still relevant? The copying and counterfeiting culture is one of the most well known clichés about China; copyright laws have been in force there since 1990. But in fact, the copyright-based creative industry has become a major economic factor and the trade in creative goods is growing exponentially in China. On the day after his concert, the DJ, music producer and video artist Howie Lee talks with artist, curator and algoraver Antonio Roberts about creative practice, authorship in the age of digital technology and the “Chinese Dream.”

We Are Your Friends, 11th – 27th November

Happy to announce that my second solo exhibition, We Are Your Friends, will be taking place from 11th – 27th November at the Czurles Nelson Gallery at Buffalo State University, NY.

There’s a reception on 14th November 17:00 – 19:00 and I’ll be present in Buffalo from 11th – 17th. Come say hi! Many thanks to Brent Patterson for making this happen 🙂

Friday Late: Copy / Paste

Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age.

V&A Friday Late: Copy / Paste – 29th March

On Friday 29th March 18:30 – 22:00 I’ll be showing two new videos at Copy / Paste at V&A.

Gif by Erin Aniker

Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age.

I’ll be showing two videos titled Visually Similar:

Visually Similar is a video work that examines how images and videos posted online can be used to preserve history, but can also be remixed to create new narratives. In sharing our work online we make a permanent record of a point in time, which can then be used out of context.

I’ll be there IRL too if y’all have questions. Check out the rest of the awesome programme too!

Libre Graphics Meeting – No Copyright Infringement Intended

In 2017 Antonio curated the No Copyright Infringement Intended exhibition. The exhibition, which took place at two UK galleries across 2017, featured work by 10 artists and explored how popular culture and creative processes conflict with outdated copyright laws.

In this presentation he will discuss the impact that the exhibition had on the artistic community and give reflections about using copyright as a core theme in the production of art work.

Granular Colloquium

Utilising a range of formats from audio-visual performance to talks, this event is an experiential investigation of noise as a granular entity. State changes are a central theme. Processes of disintegration and/or reintegration of material elements at a granular level are explored, both as the mode of transference between states (whether physical or digital) and the means by which a thing starts or ceases to be.

The colloquium will take place from 10 am – 5pm at The University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building and is held in association with the exhibition Granular: The Material Properties of Noise. The event will be followed by a private viewing of the exhibition.

Chaired by Dr. Stephen Kennedy, University of Greenwich, Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts
(author: Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space – Bloomsbury 2015)
Keynote: Greg Hainge , University of Queensland, Associate Professor, School of Languages and Cultures
(author: Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise – Bloomsbury 2013)
Contributors include Russell Duke, Jane Grant, Antonio Roberts, Dr David Ryan, Charles Danby and Rob Smith.

Tickets cost £10 (£5 for students) and are available via this link to our Eventbrite page. Tickets include free access to the performance of “Recitativo” on Friday 26th January.

Curating the Machine

Since May 2017, alongside everything else, I been undertaking a fellowship with Near Now in Nottingham. The Fellowship, now in its third iteration, is for anyone interested in developing a project that uses technology in a creative way.

For my fellowship I have been conducting research into the relationship been copyright, curating and automation. There are no concrete outputs yet but do take a look at the blog, Curating the Machine, which collates all of my research to date.

If any of this sparks an interest or it you want to know more please do get in touch! I’ll also be at Transmediale on a research trip (thx Near Now) at the end of January if you want to meet IRL 😺