Guide To The Galaxy | Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan

Rhys Coren, Biancazzurri, 2012
Gloria Maria Gallery
22 Marzo - 30 Giugno

private view: 21 Marzo 2013, 7 – 10 pm
8.30 pm, Lorenzo Senni presents AAT, live performance

Guide to the Galaxy

Rhys Coren, Paul Flannery, Aude Pariset, Yuri Pattison,
Lorenzo Senni, Travess Smalley, Priscilla Tea, Amalia Ulman

Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini

A guide, is a collection of information leading through unknown topics or places often utilized with the aim of exploration.

The exhibition takes its title from the 1977’s science-fiction comedy series - The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - created by Douglas Adams and used as inspiration for the first web open encyclopaedias.
The concept of classification and presentation of worldly knowledge is taken as a point of departure to reflect about perception, reality and the internet in a post-digital age.
The show revolves around the constitutive textual and visual elements of digital interfaces, as layout, audio and content accessibility, overlooking at their legacy and influence within contemporary artistic practice.

Computer, i-phone and i-pad rapidly evolving formats and mass-producing images and (mis)-information contribute to a new configuration of the world often biased, constantly shifting between physical and digital, fictional and personal, influencing the way we absorb and understand reality.
This duality and its contextualisation is explored through the work of eight international artists, looking at the convergence between embodied media and mixed reality in social and physical communication, contemporary artistic production and digital vision.

Constant Dullaart | Crystal Pillars @bubblebyte.org

Constant Dullaart
Crystal Pillars 
07/02/2013 - 15/03/2013
PV: 6/2/2012 - 15/3/2012 (7 - 11pm GMT)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Crystal Pillars, a solo exhibition by Berlin and Amsterdam-based artist Constant Dullaart. 

Through performances, videos, websites and hacking actions, Constant Dullaart’s work masters web communication whilst using pre-existing found material as a visual vocabulary. His work shows the changing vernacular of Internet users and the software dialect, often highlighting how global web corporations influence and control the autonomy of this language. 
For Crystal Pillars, Dullaart will showcase a new film of the same title. The film, a video essay that recently premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival 2013, is a reaction to Dullaart’s Terms Of Service performance at New York’s New Museum in 2012. During this performance, Dullaart publicly gave away the password to his Facebook account. 

Filmed on his phone in the five years leading up to this performance, as part of a video diary of the artist’s real life social experiences during his time on Facebook, Dullaart also reflects on abandoning this online identity through several narrated texts, a combination of his own thoughts, those of Mark Zuckerberg, Lil B, Christopher Poole, Henna Hyvärinen and the Facebook Terms of Service.

Angelo Plessas | Mirage Machines @ bubblebyte.org

Angelo Plessas
Mirage Machines
21/12/2012 - 24/01/2013
Private view
7 pm - 11 pm GMT (2 - 6pm EST / 11am – 3pm PST)
bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Mirage Machines, a solo exhibition of works by Athens based artist Angelo Plessas.
Since the late 90s, Angelo Plessas’ work has been strongly reflecting and mastering the language of the Internet through the creation of websites as artworks. Intended as a powered tool for experience, a vehicle for the exploration of subjectivity, iconography and abstraction, the works are a conceptual proposition that comes alive in a browser window. Plessas’ web pieces often propose sculptural works of imaginary characters and ideas, swinging between funny and profound, graphics and art. In his work, Plessas fuses invented representation, surrealist purposes and modernist references together with the idea of user interaction, animation and network activation.

Mirage Machines, the first show of the artist on bubblebyte.org, is a mechanical, imaginary landscape generator. Each of the six-presented websites works independently and yet forms a broader line of reflection, experimenting with philosophical, psychoanalytical and subconscious concepts. The websites are considered as dream machines activated through a browser interface to produce surreal illusions - visual experiments to detach the viewer from notions of time, space and reality. Each domain, objectified through its title, is unique and calls for interactivity. By utilising simple shapes often connected to subtle electronic or concrete sounds, elements and movements constitute part of a meticulous programmed composition activated and played by the audience. As you trace your mouse across the screen, the work becomes alive, responds to your gestures and creates unexpected CMYK landscapes beneath your cursor, revealing something new at every visit.

Chimera Q.T.E. press


This is Tomorrow

Mousse Magazine

Jasper Spicero | Plant Display @bubblebyte.org

Jasper Spicero
Plant Display
14/11/2012 - 17/12/2012

Private view
7 pm - 11 pm GMT (2 - 6pm EST / 11am – 3pm PST)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Plant Display, a solo exhibition of works by Portland based artist Jasper Spicero. Jasper Spicero is an artist and curator born in Yankton, South Dakota and currently based in Portland, Oregon. Referencing equally the spaces imagined by film makers, computer game designers and lifestyle marketing - each simplified, each driven by a few key metrics - Spicero's images and objects suggest an uncomfortable causal tangle between the spaces we wish to inhabit, the people we wish to be, and the options that are made available to us. Imagination and storytelling transform each image or object into possible settings, inspiring action and reaction to a given space. There work has to be discovered via browsing, using fragmentation in time and space as a tool for change.

For Plant Display, Spicero presents nine plant arrangements as adaptations of the screenplay ‘Adaptation’ by Charlie Kaufman. 

Laroche: You know why I like plants? 
Orlean: Nuh uh. 
Laroche: Because they're so mutable. Adaptation is a profound process. Means you figure out how to thrive in the world. 
Orlean: [pause] Yeah but it's easier for plants. I mean they have no memory. They just move on to whatever's next. With a person though, adapting is almost shameful. It's like running away.”

Jasper Spicero
b.1990 Yankton, South Dakota
lives and works in Portland, OR

Jasper is currently studying a BFA at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland. Recent solo exhibitions include: Intriors I, Appendix Project Space, Portland, OR, 2012; Husk of a Wandering Meteorite, XK Industries, Dumbo, NY, 2012; The Making of Mike and Me, The Higgins, Portland OR, 2011. He is also curator of Generation Works, Tacoma, WA since early 2012.


Chimera Q.T.E.

Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
15 Nov 2012 - 13 Jan 2013
Private View 15th November, 2012 6-9pm
16th November 2012 -13th January 2013
Friday-Sunday 12-6pm
Seasonal closure from December 17th 2012 -January 3rd, 2013

Cornelia Baltes, Nicolas Deshayes, Adham Faramawy, Jack Lavender, 
Berry Patten, Sabrina Ratté, Travess Smalley, Oliver Sutherland

According to Greek mythology, the Chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing female creature composed of the parts of three animals: a lion, a serpent and a goat. 
In popular culture the term has been used to describe any fictional being composed by different parts as well as to describe illusory ideas and actions.  
Taking inspiration from the creature’s composed physicality and fictional being, the show reflects on new forms of abstraction and intangibility derived from the assemblage of different styles and materials often associated with the internet and its context of visual and narrative fragmentation.The presented works mix personal visions and popular culture with digital aesthetics, aiming to reproduce heterogeneous feelings and an interpretative contingency. Diversity in forms and the use of apparently distant tools and references are the point of departure to create a fictional sense of transcendence and fluidity. The selected works and theoretical contributions included in the exhibition aim to operate as activators, inviting the viewer to participate in the construction of meaning whilst also initiating alter relationships between media’s attributions and works' narratives.  
This exhibition celebrates cacophony and material-crossing whilst floating between physicality and significance, to consider alternative forms of artistic expression looking at a context-based sensoriality as opposed to direct representation.
Chimera Q.T.E., Cell Projects, installation view

Jack Lavender, Glass Tree, 2012
Adham Faramawy, Violet Likes Psychic Honey, 2012
Travess Smalley, Alta Dark, 2012
Berry Patten, The dream is Kurnikova, 2012
Sabrina Ratte, Age Maze, 2011

The exhibition is accompanied by an online pdf publication HERE with contributions   
by Rhys Coren, Marialaura Ghidini, Arcadia Missa & Paolo Ruffino and a series of events.  



Yuri Pattison, The Makin Of @ bubblebyte.org

The Making of
19/09/2012 - 28/10/2012
Private view
7 pm - 11 pm BST (2 - 6pm EDT / 11am – 3pm PDT)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present The Making of, a solo exhibition of works by London based artist Yuri Pattison.

Pattison’s practice reflects on the impact of digital media on our understanding of reality, highlighting inconsistencies in the system of representation. Mastering a huge variety of media, his work often uses different devices to explore the strengths and limits of digital communication.

For the show, The Making of, the first solo show of the artist on bubblebyte.org, Pattison reflects on how the internet influences ideas of space, time and memory, flattening their defining attributes whilst also distorting their essence.

polymer placeholder pin drop is a live still life, showing a composition of assembled objects on a fictional landscape. The shifting image will be in constant transformation, offering a slightly different version of the assemblage on every view, unique but also universal. Each element in the image, being virtual or physical, is filtered through personal memories to become something archetypal activating ideas connected with places and their vision through the web.

The work The Making of is a live Google Drive Doc in constant flux that will evolve during the course of the show. The classical format of the .doc, becomes a way to explore ideas of collective ownership of rights, freedom of visual expression and private/public format, whilst highlighting issues of economic and political control of images and ideas. At the end of the show, the google drive doc will be converted to PDF and made available for print on demand.

cmoscosmos is a layered video and image piece playing with ideas of digital representation, collaging urban realities and architecture with personal and found images until the point of abstraction. As a fluid beautiful scenario, the work has the ability of eluding space and time, suggesting visual clues to reveal leaks in the way places are portrayed on the internet.

The private view attendees will receive a unique, depending on location, downloadable artefact exclusively created by the artist.

b.1986 Dublin, Ireland
lives and works in London

Yuri Pattison, is an Irish artist currently living in London. His interests lies within digital media and visual communication while focusing on space and the process of creating. He uses new media and the internet as tools for reflection and action. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in collective exhibitions as Poltergeist at Fort, London 2012, PEER-TO-PEER, Kunstpavillon Luzern, Switzerland, 2012, BYOB Venice at The Internet Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011, S.A.G.S at The Woodmill and BYOB London, 2011. Recent solo shows include polymer placeholder pin drop, Project/Number, London, 2012, Faraday Cage, [SPACE], London 2012 and focal-plane at Son Gallery, 2012. He is a member of LuckyPDF. 

info: info@bubblebyte.org


Liverpool Biennial - IL CAVALIERE

15/09/2012 - 25/11/2012
PV: 14/09/2012 (7pm - 11pm BST)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present IL CAVALIERE, a takeover of the Royal Standard wesbite as part of the project Service Provider running during the Liverpool Biennial 2012.
For IL CAVALIERE,  bubblebyte.org invited four artists, Paul Flannery, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman and Travess Smalley, to work together on four individual elements of the website, to collaborate and respond to the theme of Knight Rider, the famous TV series featuring a high-tech modern-day knight fighting crime with the help of an advanced, artificially intelligent car.
The role of the modern knight and its actions devoted to save others as well as its intelligent car, friend and problem-solver, are a point of departure for reflection and experimentation in the context of the Service Provider project. The artists, selected for the relevance and excellence of their practice, will engage with the structural part of the Royal Standard website and transform its variables whilst adding different features, proposing new ways to visualise data, content and information.

to visualise the take over: click here  Royal Standard

Mostra Collettiva Estiva @ bubblebyte.org

Mostra Collettiva Estiva
15/08/2012 - 15/09/2012
Warren Garland, Laura Brothers, Jan Robert Leegte, Alistair Levy, Mark Soo, Fatima Al Qadiri & Sofia Al Maria, Lucy Stokton, Mark Dean, Tom Hobson, Lewis Teague Wright, Michael Boling & Javier Morales, Trisha Baga,
Emilio Gomariz, Aaron Graham, Andrew Rosinski, Jamie Bracken Lobb

Private view
7 pm - 11 pm BST (2 - 6pm EDT / 11am – 3pm PDT)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Mostra Collettiva Estiva, a group exhibition of international artists exploring visual ideas of identity, voyage and abstraction.

As a sort of tradition and enquiry, bubblebyte.org has selected various practicioners to celebrate the internet and its dreamy creativity through a summer group show. Playing with the web and its aesthetics, the artists exhibited create hybrids that suggest surreal and synthetic atmospheres.
The works presented in Mostra Collettiva Estiva recreate moods of evasion whilst playing with compositional formats, breaking, collaging, adding and re-editing to create new sensorial relationships. The various range of styles and languages proposed celebrate the multitude of tools employed by contemporary digital artists whom use the internet as a site of reflection and representation, as well as a resource for exploiting new digital tools and techniques.
Everyday images and found materials are overlapped with personal vision and computer graphics to create new aestheticized forms, reverting their contextual references into highly visual outputs. The virtual presented in Mostra Collettiva Estiva loses its alter-connotations, becoming a mental getaway and playful visual destination.

The Man Who Knew Too Little - Rhys Coren/ Jack Newling at SEVENTEEN GALLERY



Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
28th June to 4th August 2012

The Man Who Knew Too Little is an exhibition of works by Rhys Coren and Jack Newling.
Both artists employ a range of means and materials to create works with a heavily processed style where interference is reduced to a minimum in order to regulate and reclassify the world around us.
The playful, symbolic world of Rhys Coren revolves around subcultures and their visual language. British culture, the Internet and music are continuous references in his production, which varies from video, animation, 2D images and installation, constantly merging both analogue and digital processes. Coren explores the hypothesis of an interrelation between British football social culture and rave music. Using popular designs from British football strips, training kits and clothing worn by fans in the late 80s and early 90s - the brightest era of acid music and rave culture - Coren has developed a series of graphics animations, and a sound piece (in collaboration with Benjamin John Power) that celebrates the "smiley face", a stylized icon of the same period.

Jack Newling carefully extracts from a contemporary landscape of industrially manufactured utilitarian provisions. In this show Newling uses high control techniques such as screen-printing and casting to make a new body of work that finds its origins in the peripheries of popular culture. 24hr groceries and empty cafes provide material for these works that never seek to fully represent the source, preferring instead to exist as stand-ins or surrogates. Newling’s works absorb the hard-nosed practicality of the world around us, and combine with the ghosts of industrial processes in order to produce moments of pathos and seduction.
The works in the exhibition are formal suggestions, little clues given and left to the viewer to interpret. The show is an attempt to absorb common features of the world that surrounds us, in order to propose something altogether more remote and slippery. By focusing on certain elements of the everyday, whilst losing others, the works initiate unexpected connections opening the viewer to new and undefined outcomes, activating strong sensations and new assemblages of collective and personal memories.
Rhys Coren (born 1983, Plymouth), currently lives and works in London.
Recent shows include:The Response, The Sunday Painter, London, UK, 2012; E-Vapor-8, 319 Scholes, New York, NY, 2012, No Woman No Cry, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK, 2011; Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, 2011; VIDEO PROGETTO, 26CC, Rome, Italy, 2010. Rhys Coren was the recipient of ISCP Residency in New York in 2009.. He is co-founder of the online platform bubblebyte.org and of the Bristol-London art collective InterCity MainLine.

Jack Newling (born 1983, Nottingham), currently lives and works in London.
Newling, in 2009, completed an MA in fine art at the Royal Academy Schools, London. Recent exhibitions include:
Clouds, Fold, London 2012, Your garden is looking a mess please tidy it up, Payne and Shervell, London 2012, Then again, SPACE, London 2011, Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London 2010, Bloomberg new contemporaries, 2009 & 2007. Newling was the recipient of the Red Mansion Art prize in 2008. Newling has been awarded the 2012 Glenfiddich artist in residence. Newlings work is held in the UBS and Zabludowicz collections as well as various other private collections in Europe and the USA. 

Travess Smalley, Intangible Moments of Control @ bubblebyte.org

Travess Smalley
Intangible Moments of Control 
11/07/2012 - 13/08/2012

Private view
7 pm - 11 pm BST (2 - 6pm EDT / 11am – 3pm PDT)

bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Intangible Moments of Control, an exhibition of new works by New York based artist Travess Smalley.
Smalley’s practice centers around the creation of digital images through an evolving process that often includes non-digital steps, such as painting, drawing, scanning, collage and printmaking. The works presented in Intangible Moments of Control, the first solo show of the artist on bubblebyte.org, are part of an on-going series of vector drawings, where signs, curves and selectors activate new sensorial relationships. Smalley, a savvy internet user, utilises the web as a source of inspiration and reflection, as well as a resource for exploiting digital techniques like vectors, learning them through online tutorials.
Taking inspiration from web communication strategies, this vector series acts to subvert their function while observing the logical contexts they belong to. Using the vernacular language of corporate 2.0 logos and advertising imagery, whilst subtracting their distinguished features until the point of transcendence, the work becomes fluid and shows a seductive abstract language.

Smalley transforms everyday digital language into new aestheticized forms, reverting their contextual references into a mood informed by color painting theory and computer graphics.

The circular shapes recall application icons and browser design, whilst becoming something altered through the use of synthetic colours. The works Chromer, Final Atmosphere, Toner explore the world of soft nuances whilst Alien, Glistener, Pure Access recall more acid music and rave culture palettes. Quicksilver, Timeless and Mercurail, form optical illusions inspired by 3D design and translucent surfaces.

Psychedelic in their appearance, Smalley creations are sensational inputs, abstracted through repetition, color, light, opalescence and transparency leaving the viewer the freedom to negotiate their meaning and initial point of departure.

Travess Smalley
b. 1986 Huntington
lives and works in New York

Smalley received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2010. His computed graphic style in constant relationship with the internet and its language has been exhibited internationally and nationally.