“Billions of dollars are being spent to create continent-wide information highways along which will flow every conceivable kind of information except one. The information–termed–ecological that all human beings acquire from their environment by looking, listening, feeling, sniffing, and tasting–the information, in other words, that allows us to experience things for ourselves. . . . For understanding our place in the world, ecological information is thus primary, processed information is secondary.”
Edward S. Reed, The Necessity of Experience, 1975
The 21st century has been marked by the evolution of the Internet, during which it has been transformed by various technologies – allowing it to traverse the screen and become a part of every day life. The world has now become a fluid space in which various forms of information rapidly flow, and in that flux they can be modified, altered, morphed, appropriated and put back into the cycle of consumption. In Edward S. Reed’s book, which anticipated the Internet’s affect on society before it was even conceived, the author posited that in Western societies information is processed and pre-interpreted, and by constantly taking it in, we lose our abilities for new encounters. The author suggests that we look backwards at some essential way of learning about the world, through various types of sensory experience.
In a world submerged in the flow of data and its consumption, what happens when our capacity for absorbing information reaches saturation point? ‘MORE MORE MORE MORPH!’, a group exhibition of works by Valerie Kong, Maria de la O Garrido, Sebastian Sochan and Liam Tickner, asks if there is anything we can learn from a closer, more direct, sensory experience with the material world, and how do we make sense of our place within it? Are artworks not only descriptions of, but also a ‘morphing’ reaction against the surrounding conditions of our time? Through the process of making and looking at art, being able to realise various influences of the material world, and trying to make sense of oneself, ‘MORE MORE MORE MORPH!’ attempts a new understanding of our times through experiential knowledge, which involves looking, listening, feeling, sniffing, and tasting.
Goldsmiths, University of London
Lithuanian Culture Institute
Exhibition Dates: July 19th - 27th