Working in collaboration with online communities, Scourti sets out to make sense of the overload of images online and how personal snapshots collide and mingle with millions of others through social platforms. So Like You highlights the tensions between individual and collective authorship in network culture. How can a creative individual be recognised as unique, when Instagram has made everyone’s photos look the same? What value has a snapshot once it’s uploaded and absorbed into a larger ‘cloud’ of image data?
Scourti begins her investigation by uploading her personal archive of scanned photographs, letters, flyers and other ephemera to Google’s reverse image search engine for analysis.
Using pattern recognition algorithms, she discovers other photographers who have shared images with a similar visual footprint ‘just like hers’.
The Outage is here!
My ghostwritten memoir, drawn entirely from my digital footprint and online presence by writer J. A. Harrington, has now been published by Banner Repeater and is for sale at the ICA Bookshop, Tenderbooks and Banner Repeater.
It's been an incredibly challenging and rewarding project to work on (think collapse of work-life boundary to the point of pretty much losing the plot...), which I touched on a bit at the launch event at Banner Repeater, where myself and the ghostwriter read from the text and answered audience questions.
Here's a blog post about it- written while in process- This Is (Not) My Book- but I will be writing more, I'm sure...
And here's the blurb from the back:
“I'm looking at a screen. What was I just doing? I think. But another thought appears in my head. A request. A command. The voice speaks. Let's go back, it says. I try to focus on the screen in front of me. Is that my face? It doesn't look like a real face and the text is illegible, but after blinking several times I manage to bring it under control. Artist, writer, whatever. Is what it appears to say. Again the voice speaks and this time I just listen absently.
I’m really pleased to have been selected for the INFRA_SPECTION cycle of residencies at The White Building, London’s centre for exploring the art, technology and sustainability.
As the digital divide and post-internet discourses disperse and diversify, the INFRA_SPECTION residency artists and creative technologists will focus on giving form to the idea of #stacktivism– a popularcritical conversation and line of enquiry around infrastructures (physical, political and social) and the relationship we have to them.
The Way We Act Now: Psychology and Behaviour in the Digital Age at Wysing Arts Centre
I'll be showing two videos at this event on the 14th June:
The first event in our Futurecamp series includes contributions from Dr Stefana Broadbent, Jesse Darling, Cécile B Evans, Shana Moulton, Rachel Reupke, Dr Kathleen Richardson, Erica Scourtiand Frances Stark
Premise of the event:
Behaviour and human interactions have been radically affected and changed by the impact of the digital and Internet revolutions – causing dramatic changes that we are still living through.
The pleasure of our networked lives is played out publicly via social networks of image and text, and the immediate access to information and entertainment this enables is now considered essential.
I've been in a writing haze this week- here's some chat about this book I'm (not) writing as part of SNOW CRASH at Banner Repeater plus algorithmic identities, Facebook print-outs, twatty quizzes and the fate of our digital archives.
"Data profiles tap into a desire to discover our algorithmic identity, bringing to mind Boris Groys’ notion of performing to an algorithmic gaze. But they may also acclimatise us to the concept of ubiquitous, ambient surveillance, encouraging us to accept that since it’s already happening, we might as well find out for ourselves what it is ‘they’ see."
P/N/19 Foam, a peripatetic project by Mat Jenner
Opens: Friday 23 May 2014 6 - 9pm
Exhibition runs: 24 May - 15 June 2014
Foamis an on-going peripatetic project by artist Mat Jenner. Conceived as both a platform for experimental commissioning and an expansive artwork, Foam explores the condition of the contemporary art object and its problematized relationship to spectatorship, dissemination, presence and display.
Agata Madejska, Alice Theobald, Alistair McClymont, Anna Barham, Anne Hardy, Asterism, Aura Satz, Benedict Drew, Berry Patten, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Brian Moran, Bronwen Buckeridge, Cally Spooner and Peter Joslyn, Candice Jacobs, Cecile B Evans, Charlie Woolley, Charlotte Prodger, Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Amnesia Scanner, Chris Rawcliffe & Andrew Bunsell, Connie Butler, Killian Immervol & Sophie Lee, Daniel Keller, David Raymond Conroy, Dawn Scarfe, Diana Policarpo, Erica Scourti, Fay Nicolson, GandT, Giorgio Sadotti, Hannah Black, Hanna Schwarz and Phillip Sollmann, Haroon Mirza, Hayal Ponzati, Holly Slingsby, Ian Whittlesea, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jack Brindley, Jack Stokoe, James Prevett, Jess Flood Paddock, Jesse Darling, Jimmy Merris, Joey Holder, John Lawrence, Juneau Projects, Kevin Clarke, Kirsty Harris, Koudlam, Larry Achiampong, Lars TCF Holdhus, Lucy Clout, Lumpen Noblemen, Maria Theodoraki, Marie D'Elbee, Mark Dean, Mark Vernon, Mary Hurrell, Matt Golden, Matthew Noel-Tod, Mike Harte, Euan Rodger & Jamie Shovlin, Mikhail Karikis, Naive Set & Marijn Van Kreij, Neil Taylor, Nicholas Mohanna, Nicole Bachmann, Nina Wakeford, Octagon Court, Oliver Sutherland, Olivier Castel, Patrick Coyle, Patrick Staff, Paul Purgas, Philomene Pirecki, Picana Electrica, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Piotr ?akomy & Filip Kaniecki, Plastique Fantastique, Prem Sahib & Richard Lockett, Rachel Cattle & Steve Richards, Rebecca Lennon, Richard Bevan, Richard John Jones, Richard Sides, Rob Chavasse, Rob Lye, Rowena Harris, Ruth Barker, Salvatore Arancio, Sam Belinfante, Sarah Jones, Seb Patane, Skye Chamberlain & Max McFerren, Sophie Michael, Squares and Triangles, Steven Dickie, Stewart Home, Stuart Bannister, Tamarin Norwood, Tellervo Kalleinen, Thrape, Tim Pratt, Will Holder, Yuri Pattison
2nd May - 29th June.
Opening night: 6.30-9pm 2nd May.
Erica Scourti, Jesse Darling, Yuri Pattison, Tyler Coburn, Anna Barham, and Ami Clarke.
my data profile being leafed through...
Colocation, time displacement by Yuri Pattison
For SNOW CRASH- which develops ideas from Neal Stephenson’s science fiction of 1992, I’m presenting a work drawing on the expertise of professionals within the fields of cyber security, digital privacy, social profiling and data mining to obtain ‘profiles’ and data based on my public and semi-private online activity, which will be displayed and updated throughout the exhibition period. Working with a ghost-writer, the material collected will inform the basis of a new text narrating my fictional memoirs, extrapolating a version of this aggregate data self constructed through my digital footprint. read more here!
on HOAX publication, a special, free booklet of specially made art-written works for kids presented at Glasgow International. Bruno Neiva John Henry Newton
Claire Poulter Ruth Proctor Calum Rodger
I was really depressed when I made mine (top left) - hope I didn’t scare them…
After the live version presented at ArtReview Live- where I think I forgot one line- this is Inner Planets, the video version. Thanks to Hattie Gibson for the edit.
Present Fictions at David Roberts Art Foundation
Present Fictions is a series of talks, screenings and performance lectures over two days.
Diverse events address contemporary forms of poetry, science fiction, narrative structures and ideas of neo-materialism in current art practices and investigate how they can both be informed by and question new technologies and the expanded information society. A temporary research library presents a selection of publications and materials that have informed the research for this project. The exhibition Geographies of Contamination is concurrently on display in the gallery space.
Artists and speakers include Rachael Allen, Hannah Black, Ami Clarke, Tyler Coburn, David Raymond Conroy, Robert Cowley, David Cunningham, Keren Cytter, Jesse Darling, Rózsa Farkas, Barnaby Lambert, Pablo Larios, Hannah Perry, Heather Phillipson, Cher Potter, Val Ravaglia, Sam Riviere, Erica Scourti, Richard Sides, Michael E. Smith, Lucy Soutter and Georgina Voss.
Curated by Sandra Pusterhofer with Micola Brambilla and Nina Trivedi.
Performance at ArtReview Live for an event organised by Rebecca Birch called Addresses to a Lichen-covered stick, with
The video uses screen-grabbed and then partially redacted iPhone text messages as the starting point for text produced by online Keyword generators used in SEO- it’s kind of about symbiotic relationships and aloneness/ connection.
And it’s missing the first line, unfortunately ( 'I was dead for millions of years') /
DAZED Contributing Visual Arts editor Susanna-Davies Crook invited 21 artists who are women to contribute artwork to create this artist image project: contributing an ongoing dialogue around the body, voice, hand and heart .
Includes Jennifer Chan, Kate Cooper, Rozsa Farkas, Helen Kaplinsky, Leslie Kulesh, Shana Moulton,and many more.
From mind programming as a route to high-performance efficiency in the new creative economy to becoming-loser online, via sincere spambots, bad faith and Google hangouts, I will be drawing on some of my in-progress and recent projects to explore what #winning means today.
I’m also going to consider immediacy and pure presence as new values, and the ethics of audience interactions when art goes online.
Some questions I’ll be asking are: if the authentic self is over, then what am I (or anyone else) still doing on Facebook? Do spambots act in good faith- or are they by definition an example of bad faith? Are celebrities cyborgs? Is it OK to ‘use’ stuff/ people you find online- or are they using you?
, Cécile B. Evans
, R. Kelly
, Kalup Linzy
, Erica Scourti
, Cally Spooner, Frances Stark and Amelie von Wulffen
The group exhibition ‘La voix humaine’ at Kunstverein München features works by artists that offer contemporary perspectives on themes within Francis Poulenc’s 1958 operatic adaptation of Jean Cocteau's one-act play of the same name. The exhibition takes this drama as its starting point to identify how heightened forms of affect are mediated in society today; from public exposure of emotionality in need of an audience to a consequential role technology plays in facilitating intimate relationships with its users.
Happening online and in The Royal Standard gallery DIFFERENT DOMAIN looks at the rapidly changing culture of art online and it’s relationship with the gallery. Using a variety of platforms including The Royal Standard website, Twitter, google hangouts and two gallery based events, and through a combination of video, live performance, still image, GIF, poetry and critical writing, the exhibition asks how does an audience encounter and interact with work online and where is the physical exhibition (and the audience itself) situated within that experience?
Featuring new and existing work from Joe Hamilton, Laura Buckley, Erica Scourti, Jesse Darling, Sabrina Ratte, Sara Ludy, Molly Soda, Alexandria McCrosky, Bill Domonkos, Harry Burke and more, DIFFERENT DOMAIN examines the continually shifting contexts of art online.
Copyright/Copywrong: The Ethics of Intellectual Property at ICA
Wednesday 4 December, 6.45pm
This talk focuses on the ethical and moral issues that arise in the various debates around intellectual property - specifically as it relates to artistic practice.
Although issues of intellectual property have been hugely relevant to artistic practices prior to the advent of the Internet - collage, appropriation, found material, collaboration, to name a few elements - the digital realm and editing software allow these processes to happen more easily and more immediately, with the results widely distributed instantaneously. As digital natives become more and more comfortable with the way images and ideas are manipulated and circulated online, questions of intellectual property stand to become lost and overlooked. What are the ramifications of losing sight of such issues, not only in terms of legality but also the ethics? The discussion will address the various challenges of working in the network and assess their implications for personal and social values and behaviour.
The panel is chaired by Jaime Stapleton, speakers include lawyers Daniel McClean and Noor Kadhim, Russel Martin from Artquest and artist Erica Scourti.
"The serial photographic self-portrait was adopted in the 1980s by feminist artists such as Jo Spence and Alexis Hunter in order to rethink ways of acting. How has a newer generation of webcam artists, such as Petra Cortright and Erica Scourti, responded to their legacy and the challenge of new technology?"
Furtherfield and Medieval Studies Graduate Students from King's College London, and artist Erica Scourti present a contemporary representation of the subject of medieval social lives, based on the theme of ‘ethical knowledge’ through Old English. With a combination of works in the Finsbury Park surroundings, sound installations, collaborative writing, and performance.
I'm interested in where agency resides when our desires, intentions and behaviours are constantly being tracked and manipulated through the media and technology that we inhabit; how can we claim to have any "authentic" desires?
Facebook's "About" section actually states, "You can't be on Facebook without being your authentic self," and yet this is a self that must fit into the predetermined format and is mostly defined by its commercial choices (clothing brands, movies, ice cream, whatever). And those choices are increasingly influenced by the algorithms through the ambient, personalized advertising that surrounds us.
Spent half of last week in Liverpool, taking part in Our Bodies, Our Selfies: Reclaiming Overshare for Its Revolutionary Potential, a three-day experimental group workshop by Jesse Darling which explored taking "control of our bodies and our selfies in the age of identity production. Does this mean sharing less? Sharing more? Sharing differently?"
in between incessant cross-platform banter with the other participants, I also over-shared an old diary entry (well, not that old... unfortunately)
and caught an unidentifed disease from the beyond budget hostel we stayed in. Fun times!
now I know where
my brand has been going wrong
Home/s at the Benaki Museum, Athens
an exhibition of ArtUP!
Media Art in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey
11 October – 17 November, 2013,
Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe, Athens
Opening: Friday, 11 October at 20.00
What does it mean to ‘feel at home’ and where is home nowadays?
Which habits tie us to it and how do we perceive them?
Curator George Vasey will give an introduction and explanation behind the work of Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence, two British feminist photographers working during the 1970s and 1980s. A selection of video works by Alexis Hunter, Jo Spence, Nina Wakeford and Erica Scourti will also be screened.
Interview with Regine Debatty for #A.I.L - artists in laboratories
Tune in 4pm GMT on Resonance 104.4FM, Wednesday 25th October
"The new episode of#A.I.L - artists in laboratories, the weekly radio programme about art and science on ResonanceFM, London's favourite radio art station, is aired this Wednesday afternoon at 4pm….the episode will focus on online language and communication, algorithms, forms of mediated intimacy, and distributed art works. Amongst others!"
I'm back from holiday (mostly working unfo) and need to put lots of stuff up...in the meanttime, make sure you catch this:
Caddy Life: An Improvisation Series
A new series of Field Broadcasts conceived for your computer desktop.
Live: 16 - 18 September 2013
Rebecca Beinart, Annabelle Craven-Jones, Patrick Coyle, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Candice Jacobs, Sam Mercer, Kolanchoe, Samuel Rodgers, Erica Scourti, NaoKo TakaHashi
A Field Broadcast project in collaboration with NearNow at Broadway, Nottingham
The artists making broadcasts for Caddy Life have spent time together, in the domestic context of a residency at Primary House, Nottingham, and during a road trip exploring sites of transmission, network and communication in rural Derbyshire. The broadcast series has been devised collectively and will include individual artists' works, improvisations and interruptions.
To receive the broadcasts please download the Field Broadcast: Caddy Life software. Once installed the software will sit quietly on your desktop, waiting. When an artist makes a broadcast it will 'ping' and display the live video stream directly on your desktop.
Essex & London knot of Colm Cille’s Spiral, a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues rethinking the legacy of 6th Century Irish monk Colm Cille, or St Columba unfolds across Ireland and the UK, starting and ending in Derry-Londonderry for City of Culture 2013.
The top occurring three-word phrases from personal texts written over a busy 4-months
period- including diaries, essays and blog posts- were used as search terms in Google’s keyword tool, which assists search engine optimization by offering alternative and similar phrases for use in web copy, in order to make websites score higher in Google rankings.
The long-list of phrases suggested were edited down to create texts that act as a personal confessional spoken through the words of thousands of web-users worldwide.|
"Standing in the streets of Vienna wearing a makeshift wooden box, Valie Export, in her performance Tap and Touch Cinema (1968) asked male members of the public to touch her bare breasts, which were covered by the curtains hung across the front. Re-enacting and making visible the objectification of the female body in Hollywood cinema, Export’s double play of self-affirmation and submission to the discourse exemplifies what I will be considering in this thesis: the subversive strategies of the female fool."
As part of the extended MC programme, marking the launch of the second issue of Misery Connoisseur at Enclave Projects, I ran Mental Movies, a 4-hour visualisation and guided imagery workshop that memebers of the public could join in.
"Erica Scourti’s ‘Unsent Letters’ are like magic eye puzzles, for which the viewer must relax into a hazy half-focus
in order to receive their corrupted message; as what has been written becomes clear it remains ambiguous as to
whether the words have been degraded by force of emotion or encrypted against detection."
Appropriation Beyond the Object at Banner Repeater
Open call exhibition selected by Ben Vickers, Alana Kushnir, Helen Kaplinsky and Ami Clarke.
Opening night: 21st June 6.30-9pm. 22nd June – 7th July.
Project Space: Ovidiu Hulubei, Scott Mason (with writing by: Harry Burke, Annie Davey, John Hill, Pedro Neves Marques, Sally O'Reilly, Frances Scott), Arnaud Desjardin and the Everyday Press and Erica Scourti
Reading Room: Steven Paige, Michael Hampton, Cristina Garrido.
Off-site: SE Barnet tweeting @BRartreader #masslyobserved.
Promotional video: Toby Huddlestone.
The selected works all take very different approaches to the open call out, and we hope that in combination they will enable us to begin a conversation about what might be meant by ‘appropriation beyond the object’, that touch on structures emergent with new technologies, both historically and contemporary, that shift our relations and alter our contractual agreements with one another, both subtly and significantly.
NEW VIDEO!! Monkey Mind, 40:00A meditation video journal.
Member of the members of the Insight Timer app community- which is the ‘social’ element of the iPhone meditation app- responded to my call on the message boards to take part in a Skype mediation and to send me their meditation journals. These were processed through a text analysis tool and rewritten, then recorded by the writers, to form the voiceover.
Many thanks to those who took part:
Dana Garrett, Delaware, USA
Gaëlle, Oslo, Norway
C Robb Worthington, North Carolina, USA
Sean Fournier, Arkansas, USA
Raye, Tujunga, California, USA
Dawn-Starr, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nisha, West Ealing, UK
Made for screening on this is tomorrow as part of A Small Hiccup at Grand Union
A Life in AdWords, Algorithms & Data Exhaust. An interview with Erica Scourti with Marc Garrett, Furtherfield
"Millions are blissfully unaware of the technological forces at work behind the scenes when we use social network platforms, mobile phones and search engines. The Web is bulging with information. What lies behind the content of the systems we use everyday are algorithms, designed to mine and sort through all the influx of diverse data."
Field Broadcast are working with Rebecca Beinart, Annabelle Craven-Jones, Patrick Coyle, Oscar Gaynor, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Candice Jacobs, Samuel Rodgers, Erica Scourti & NaoKo TakaHashi as a part of Domestic Pursuits with The Broadway, Nottingham's Near Now programme.
Domestic Pursuits is a project that will develop new approaches to live broadcasting through collective experimentation. Working from residency space, PRIMARY House, the project considers the domestic contexts of broadcast reception and the infrastructure that enables its transmission.
This ICA Friday Salon organised by Duncan White (artist, author and researcher, CSM, London) and Louise O'Hare (Publish And Be Damned, London) looks at immediate distribution, teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices.
With videos and performances from Caroline Bergvall, Riccardo Iacono, Fiona James, Erica Scourti and Camilla Wills this Salon elaborates on themes established by the video programme installed at the PABD 2013 fair in March this year.
Nice review of The Digital Now on We Make Money Not Art
"Erica Scourti's video were among my favourite. Taking her cue from stock video sites corresponding to the key words 'woman', 'nature' and 'alone', the young artist filmed herself performing each action described in the title."
Had a great time in Brussels seeing The Digital Now at Towner' Art Gallery and attending Look up in the Sky, a mini-symposium on drones by James Bridle and Honor Harger at BOZAR...here's some pics (until the decent ones arrive)
Preview: 10 April 2013 Talk with James Bridle (UK) and Honor Harger (NZ) at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts: 16 April 2013
The Digital Now is an exhibition series which aims to look thematically at relevant artifacts within the current artistic context and media art related discourse.
The first edition entitled “Drones / Birds – Princes of Ubiquity”is inspired by the New Aesthetic and focuses on the ways we experience our digital condition: always on, always there. Drones or UAV’s (Unmanned Arial Vehicles) have been related to this New Aesthetic debate ever since it started.
The exhibition is curated by Bram Crevits (BE) and will present work by internationally acclaimed artists David Bowen (US), Paolo Cirio (IT), Marcus Coates, (UK) Christoph De Boeck & Patricia Portela, (BE/PT), HC Gilje (NO), Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum (NL), Erica Scourti (GR), Addie Wagenknecht (US) and Zimoun (CH).
The Digital Now is produced by Cimatics and featured in the off-program of Art Brussels, the international contemporary art fair (April 18 -21, 2013).
The Performing Documents Conferenceis the culminating public event of this research project, exploring the re-use of live art archives. Over three days, artists, theatre-makers, digital-media practitioners, archivists and scholars from around the world will gather for a series of lectures, dialogues and performances, reflecting on the state of contemporary performance and its documents.
Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains
10 April 2013 at York St John University, York, UK
By setting up dialogues between bodies and spaces, this event seeks to explore the new practices, philosophies and intensities evoked by the continuously shifting coordinates of contemporary corporealities, and to renegotiate notions and experiences of spatial embodiment in contemporary theatre and performance contexts. TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Inter-conference Event 2013
Seven podcasts, lectures and artist talks are simultaneously filmed and transcribed while wearing weights, and cut together in order of decreasing legibility. to improve knowledge and muscle tone: part of a series on good intentions gone wrong, neo-liberal values and self-betterment multi-tasking.
To be continued.
Shown as part of Artists Videos: Instant publishing at Publish and Be Damned at the ICA, with work by Fiona James, Clunie Reid, Anne Tallentire, Duncan White and Camilla Wills, a showreel reflecting upon practices of writing and distribution, and teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices.
Weighted Transcirption Workout on monitor 1
Clunie Reid watching her video on monitor 2
Duncan White's video on monitor 3
Artists Videos: Instant publishing installed on three monitors at Publish and Be Damned, at the ICA.
Tuesday 26th February 2013
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EG
Door Times: 7pm
Tickets: £6 donation on the door
Unconscious Archives transverses noise core and vision spectacle bringing together expanded cinema and sonic propositions from London and afar.
UA returns with folly and foray into oceanographic plundering, cataclysmic foley and crowd sourced emotions.
Alex MacKenzie (Canada) presents a special extended dual 16mm live film and sound work exquisitely capturing the marine environments of the Canadian coastline present and past using a veritable feast of techniques including hand cranked cameras and camerless film.
Adam Bohman unleashes a creeping array of apprehensive noise from household items and made instruments.
Erica Scourti brings us two video works capturing her unflinching desire to ascribe human attributes to media generated debris.
The annual Publish And Be Damned self-publishers fair returns for its second year at the ICA.
The fair features over 50 publishers with experimental editorial directions and distribution strategies operating outside the mainstream.
Organised by Kate Phillimore and Louise O'Hare as PABD in association with the ICA.
Artists Videos: Instant publishing
Fiona James, Clunie Reid, Erica Scourti, Anne Tallentire, Duncan White and Camilla Wills
11am - 7pm, Theatre
Artists videos are installed throughout the fair, playing with ideas of automatic writing and instant publishing. Reflecting upon practices of writing and distribution, and teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices, this installation of silent video will serve as a starting point for talks and discussion at an upcoming ICA Friday Salon.
Curated by Three Letter Words and Duncan White. Organised by Publish And Be Damned in association with the ICA. Special thanks to The Block.