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New exhibition at Hanover Project to explore Yuk Hui’s concept of Cosmotechnics.

Opens 20th May 2021 at 5pm. Visit www.cosmotechnics.net Online artists’ discussion streams at 5:30pm

Hanover Project is delighted to announce a new exhibition featuring artists Simon Blackmore, Andy Broadey, Paul Dolan, Helen Knowles that will launch via www.cosmotechnics.neton 20th May 2021 at 5pm. This exhibition takes the form of a website and online artists’ discussion, including guest artist-philosopher El Putnam, and marks the completion of an initial phase of research examining how Cosmotechnics impacts the concept and practice of art making.

Hui explains, ‘The concept of cosmotechnics concerns the idea that different cultures and epochs have different ways of thinking about technology’ (Hui, 2019). The artists are interested in how this term explains the co-functioning of technical, moral, ecological and social relations of the 21st Century as emerging from within specific localities. Cosmotechnics calls for a re-prioritisation of the local as a way of challenging western imposed ideas of progress, and assumptions that our modernity is entirely conditioned by networked globalisation.

Simon Blackmore’s work studies for flamenco and feedback explores live interaction between flamenco and live electronic music systems, bringing these together through new custom technology.

Andy Broadey’s White Machines (Cosmologies after Paul Neagu) is a series of collages examining the contemporaneity of Englishness that fuses visual codes informing the cosmopolitan origins of England in the first millennium AD with the technical objects of 21st Century globalism.

Paul Dolan’s The Cloud in the Sea digitally simulates an experimental underwater data centre placed off the coast of the Orkney Isles in 2018. The work invites discussion around the complex ways in which technology, infrastructure and nature are conceived of in relation to countering the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Helen Knowles’s, Capitalist Cosmologies reflects on the past and present exploitation of child labour in industrialised countries and our physical and spiritual relationship to the machine. The gifs and film juxtapose Louis Hines’ photographic works for the National Child Labour Committee depicting children working in factories – on looms and other such machines – in the early part of the 20th century, with analogue photographic studies of the artist’s and others’ own children ‘at work’ on their mobile phones and iPads, surfing the surveillance architectures of the internet.

The Cosmotechnics website, www.cosmotechnics.net will launch at 5:00pm on Thursday the 20th May 2021 at 5pm. The artist’s discussion will be streamed on the website at 5:30pm and the artists will be available to chat and answer questions on the video stream.

Hanover Project is a contemporary art space based within the Fine Art area at University of Central Lancashire. For further information contact dmackintosh@uclan.ac.uk and abroadey@uclan.ac.uk

Yuk Hui is a philosopher based in Berlin. He is the author of three monographs: On the Existence of Digital Objects (Univ. of Minessota Press, 2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics (MIT Press, 2016), and Recursivity and Contingency (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

Helen Knowles (b.1975) is an artist and curator of the Birth Rites Collection. Recent and forthcoming shows include; Kunstlerhaus Graz, (2021), arebyte Gallery, London, Ars Electronica (2020). The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo,’Artistic intelligence’ Hannover Kunstverein (2019) ZKM, Karlsruhe, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2017). Her work is held in private and public collections worldwide. She won an honorary mention at Ars Electronica in 2020. www.helenknowles.com

Simon Blackmore (b.1976) is an artist making sound and technology based installations and performances and a founding member of the art collective Owl Project. He worked with Owl Project on ~Flow, an Artist Taking the Lead project for the 2012 Olympics. His work was presented in a solo show at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, USA (2014) and recent performances have included Parallel Voices, a piece for eight vocalists and custom technology presented at the Lowry Theatre(2020). www.simonblackmore.net

Andy Broadey (b.1978) is Lecturer in Contemporary Art, History and Theory at University of Central Lancashire, where he co-curates the art space Hanover Project. His installations exploit the discontinuities of contemporaneity to produce critical cartographies of diverse modernities and indigenous cultures captured by networked globalisation. Recent activity includes a solo exhibition at The Nehru Centre, London (2019), the symposium Art School Gallery? A site for radical and experimental exhibitionary practice? (2019), and for the collective @.ac co-authored articles in Research in Education (Sage Publishing, 2019) and Rethinking Marxism (Taylor & Francis, 2020). www.andybroadey.com

Paul Dolan (b.1982) is an artist and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. His simulated moving image works use computer-generated imagery and programming to explore themes of nature, media, materiality and time. Recent activity includes published chapter Recalcitrant Temporalities: Heterogenous Time and the Simulated Image (2020) in Machinic Assemblages of Desire, (Leuven University Press, 2020).

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