Yuri Pattison works with digital media, video and sculpture to explore the political implications of new technologies and the changing nature of visual culture in the Internet age. His current interests include online and offline co-production and skill sharing, as well as concepts of labour in the digital economy of our era.
By Dimitris Lempesis
Photo: Chisenhale Gallery Archive
Yuri Pattison’s new exhibition “user, space” comprises an entirely new body of work, including digital and sculptural elements that Pattison has developed over the past 18 months as part of his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2014-16). For his exhibition Pattison imagines a speculative environment drawing influence from Modernist architecture and science fiction. Pattison believes that we are living in the age of transparency and privacy is being disrupted. London today brims with open-plan offices, live/work spaces and glass walls, when we finally do close the doors, we turn to our social media networks and break down the barriers virtually. Pattison’s new commission uses digital media and sculpture to critically address this transparency and what it means for London’s future. The exhibition comprises an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery. A wall of industrial racking, often used in large global distribution warehouses, will act as a support structure for the installation. It will house a bank of networked computers that control LED and natural light to create an artificially accelerated loop of a standard working day. The computers also synchronise and control playback across multiple device-sized screens, which show a series of new video works in which Pattison contrasts contemporary workspaces dedicated to technological advancement, with the interiors of experimental living spaces. A series of new sculptures, which Pattison has installed at sites across East London including, Second Home, Campus London, a Google space for London’s start-up community and London Hackspace, are incorporated into the installation at Chisenhale. Each sculpture contains active elements, such as a bitcoin mining rig that monitors online transactions and accumulates small amounts of capital.
Info: Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London, Duration: 7/7-28/8/16, Days & Hours: Wed-Sun 12:00-18:00, http://chisenhale.org.uk