PAST EXHIBITIONS / MONGREL /
Fri 8 Aug - Fri 27 Sep 03
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Fri
Mongrel are a collective formed in 1995 out of
a desire to combat socially excluding attitudes towards new technologies.
"The fact that people's skins are of different colour, or
that people manifest their intelligence in different ways, or
that people are born to different social classes needs have no
more bearing on their place in the world than the difference in
the colour of their toe-nails - if they have any."
The current Medialounge Exhibition presents the
provocative National Heritage, a large scale audiovisual interactive
work which challenges the viewers attitudes towards a series
of racially stereotyped faces. Accompanying National Heritage
we also present Natural Selection, their search engine exploring
racial politics and the data-classification systems of search
engines such as Yahoo, Heritage Gold, a hack of Photoshop in which
the red, blue and green colour options are replaced by Aryan,
African and Asian options, and Nine9, Graham Harwoods latest
work of Social
Mongrel will also run a two day workshop at the end of August
using their latest work, Nine9. If you are interested in participating,
Please note that places are limited.
Mongrel have previously shown work at Ars Electronica, Barbican
Art Gallery, ICA and the Pompidou Centre, Paris; they have also
created an online project for Tate Modern, mirroring the Tates
website while offering a critical reading of the Tate collections
Graham Harwood / Mongrel /
Thu 7 Aug 03
7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Media Centre
Presentation @ 7:30pm
To mark the opening of the first
UK exhibition of Mongrel's National Heritage, Graham Harwood will
present and discuss the work of the Mongrel collective.
"Mongrel is a mixed bunch of people, machines
and intelligences working to celebrate the methods of London street
culture. We make socially engaged culture, which sometimes means
making art, sometimes software, sometimes setting up workshops,
or helping other mongrels to set things up.
"We do this by employing any and all technological advantage
that we can lay our hands on. Some of us have dedicated ourselves
to learning technological methods of engagement, which means we
pride ourselves on our ability to program, engineer and build
our own software, while others of us have dedicated ourselves
to learning how to work with people.
"Mongrel sets up strategic alliances to expand and contract.
Sometimes fifty mongrels work on a project, sometimes one."
Mongrel Core Members are Matsuko
Pierre-Davis and Harwood.
Confirmed Medialounge exhibitions for 2003:
Lia + Miguel Carvalhais
October - December 2003
Artist, programmer and designer Lia [Austria]
has over the past few years created some of the most extraordinary
interactive works. These delicate organic audio visual mutations
represent a unique and highly influential body of work.
Recently Lia has been collaborating with designer, teacher and
musician, Miguel Carvalhais [Portugal] - part of the '@c' collective
based in Porto. The outcomes from this collaboration can be software,
live audio visual musical performances or design projects.
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