Exhibition

Fulfilment Services Ltd., Arvid&Marie, Smartphone

4 May 2021 – 10 May 2021

Regular hours

Tue, 04 May
00:00 – 00:00
Wed, 05 May
00:00 – 00:00
Thu, 06 May
00:00 – 00:00
Fri, 07 May
00:00 – 00:00
Sat, 08 May
00:00 – 00:00
Sun, 09 May
00:00 – 00:00
Mon, 10 May
00:00 – 00:00

Free admission

Arvid&Marie, Bollo Lane

London
England, United Kingdom

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Smartphone, Arvid&Marie in collaboration with Post Neon

About

Forms of Hidden Intent is a series of work which explores how objects of technology have become opaque black boxes drifting towards simpler and smoother shapes (the rectangle of smartphones, the globe of Alexa, etc.) behind which hide more and more issues. 

New smart technologies fulfil our lives. Yet their shape, always a perfect geometry, hides the social, environmental, and ethical issues behind it. Together with a new generation of artists and designers Arvid&Marie propose different ways to break the silence of these muted forms. By creating fictional objects and products that take the opposite approach: informational, baroque, highly decorated. Exhibiting either their materials, their production lines, or their social impact.

Studio Post-Neon interrogates the global resources hidden within opaque smartphone bodies.

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At Fulfilment Services Ltd. we begin at the logistics of the systemised supply chain: algorithm to ‘click to buy’ to factory worker to shipping container to gig delivery driver to momentarily satisfied and fulfilled consumer; from there we link, de-link, and re-link. With Gasworks as the nexus of a series of public interventions, we invite international artists Arvid&Marie, DNA, Florence Jung, and Frank Wang Yefeng to respond to the contemporary provocation of an anti-fulfilment narrative. 

 

Under existing infrastructures of production and consumption, networks are constantly in multi-directional movement building new needs once existing ones have been satisfied. In an ever-expanding and dissatisfying system we ask crucially: is capitalism fulfilling consumers or are consumers fulfilling capitalism? 

 

The four new artist commissions situate themselves in and around London on billboards, delivery vehicles and digitally on an e-commerce platform and website. These works come together under the unified spirit of corroding existing networks of dissemination. At Fulfilment Services Ltd. our disseminated medium is very much part of our message: join us in imagining alternative realities of fulfilment by interrogating the chain of production, networks of transportation, and the extortionist quality of fabricated needs. 

 

Fulfilment Services Ltd. is curated by Andreanne Beguin, Zidong Chen, Sarah Daher, Zifei Ge, Hayley Gibson, Jiawei Gu and Brenna Horrox from the MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme as part of the Graduate Projects 2021, Royal College of Art in partnership with Gasworks, supported by Jack Arts and Print&Digital.

Curators

Hayley Gibson

Andreanne Beguin

Zidong Chen

Brenna Horrox

Jiawei Gu

Sarah Daher

Zifei Ge

Exhibiting artists

Arvid&Marie

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