Tom Richards - Artificial Stupidity

28 Jun 2008 – 6 Aug 2008

Meals & SUVs

London, United Kingdom


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Meals & SUVs Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Tom Richards. Richards playfully and critically intervenes in everyday technologies. With careful reprogramming he abstracts and mutates machines, causing them to malfunction, thereby creating new possibilities, new creative purposes and genealogies for past and present technologies. His artworks get working by breaking down, he experiments with errors. Extracting alternative or nonsensical electronic functions from familiar objects as diverse as TVs, radios, cine-projectors, lights, turntables, toys and microchips he creates multi-sensorial installations. His objects borrow from the visual language of both domestic and industrial appliances, while random and repetitive rhythms and refrains operate between music and cacophony. Patterns and pulses — digital bits, bytes and beats — all reflect on the internal functioning of the technologies of modernity. These electronic devices are, literally, left to their own devices as self-orchestrating, lobotomised mutants of the Mechanosphere. These technologies of the machine may be read alongside technologies of the self, which ask what are the limits, the interdictions, imposed on experience by the sciences: how can existence be engineered differently? Tom Richards was born in Cambridge in 1978. He received a Masters degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2004. Since 2004 he has been co-curating a series of exhibitions at Reception Space, which he co-founded, as part of ACAVA studios programme of events. In 2006 he founded Foldback, an annual exhibition and symposium on sonic arts and aural culture. His work has been seen and heard at: Sightsonic: York International Festival of Digital Arts, Resonance FM, Sounding Out: Festival of Sound at UEL, Interlace at Goldsmiths, and Factio at Emerson Studios. He lives and works in London.

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