The central focus of the exhibition is a large scale audio work that channels the utterances of the post-human ‘ghosts’ of obsolete and decaying ‘technologies’ who transmit from below the surface of an e-waste site in Guiyu, China.
The transmitted voices exist across multiple timeframes and materialities, from lines of code to seismic devices, digital images to consumer electronics who occasionally swarm together to chant and sing responses to their condition. The work is part elegy to human machines and part exposure device; bringing into view a mesh of interrelations between human and nonhuman actors and the machinic production of a human initiated geological period.
A number of recent video works will also be on display. These include Oporavak (2016) which uses the language of ‘information recovery’ to manipulate all sorts of digital and non-digital materials and Archimeters (2012) which outlines a plan for a fully integrated auto-poietic, auto-effective mechanism.
The exhibition will include the launch of a new publication ’The Signal and the rock’ which is in part a manifesto and also an assemblage of notes that contextualises and amplifies the work on display.
Charlie Tweed’s exhibition is part of the final output of his PhD with the Contemporary Art Research Centre CARC at Kingston University.
Charlie Tweed (b.1974) is an artist and academic based in Bristol. He employ methods of fictional writing, alter ego and appropriation to construct audio, video, performance and text based works that often investigate and re-imagine human and ecological relations with technology and systems of control. Recent solo shows include: “Notes I, II & III” at Spike Island, Bristol; “Animate Projects” and “Alma Enterprises”, London; “i am algorithm” at Aspex, Portsmouth and Exeter Phoenix. Recent group shows include: MEGA-LO-POLIS, WRO Art Center; “Selected VI” (videoclub touring programme); WRO Media Art Biennale: Draft Systems; VAEFF 2017, Tribeca Film Centre, New York; “Both Sides Now III: Screenings in East Asia” (videoclub); “Silent Signal” (multiple venues); Oberhausen Film Festival 2016; “Cold Bodies, Warm Machines”, NRW-Dusseldorf; Inland Art Festival; “dragged down into lowercase” (Sommerakademie) at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland; “The Box Season 5”, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; “The London Open”, Whitechapel Gallery.