[artinfo] Coal Fired Computers |1st June | SPACE, Hackney London
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
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. Read more...
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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provide affordable studio space for visual
artists. Alongside this core support for artists
we host exhibitions, courses and events including
those with a focus on new media and technology,
wherever possible offering these for free.
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