[artinfo] Coal Fired Computers |1st June | SPACE, Hackney London

Jim Prevett Jim at spacestudios.org.uk
Wed May 26 15:41:36 CEST 2010

Harwood and Jean Demars in conversation with Matthew Fuller

Tuesday 1st June 2010, 7pm - 9pm
SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, London
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Whilst we take in the shape of government, the 
politics of power takes on a new meaning as 
Harwood, Jean Demars and Matthew Fuller discuss 
the Coal Fired Computer Project and the 
implications layered under dusty marvels of 
everyday bits and bytes. Global fuel reliance, 
the price of a computer measured against the 
lives of 318,000 miners with choked up lungs, 
stark reality with no escape unless we begin to 
think. Attend the talk. 

Graham Harwood (YoHa and Mongrel) and Jean Demars 
talk to Matthew Fuller ( author of Media 
Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and 
Technoculture)  about the Coal Fired Computers 
project recently commissioned as part of AV 
Festival in Newcastle.

Over three days at the Discovery Museum in 
Newcastle, in collaboration with Jean Demars and 
groups of coal miner activists, Coal Fired 
Computers articulated relations between Power, 
Art and Media. The new work by leading UK media 
artists Harwood and Yokokoji (YoHa) responded to 
the displacement of coal production to distant 
lands like India and China after the UK miners' 
strike in 1984/85. Coal Fired Computers reflects 
on the complexities of our global fossil fuel 
reliance and especially on how coal transforms 
our health as we have transformed it. Today coal 
produces 42% of the world's electricity, and in 
many countries this rate is much higher (more 
than 70% in India and China).


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