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.



The Cult of The Amateur - Cell Projects

Cult of The Amateur?

Tuesday 29th May 2012 6pm- 9pm 

with bubblebyte.org 24 hour website takeover.  

bubblebyte.org have invited Sarah McCrory to chair an open discussion participants: Arcadia_Missa, The Sunday Painter, Hotel Palenque, and pyramidd.biz

Performance by POLLYFIBRE  
curated by James Harper

The sixth CYcLE CLUB event at Cell Project Space, ‘Cult of the Amateur?’ explores how artists and curators are using the Internet to create a new context and framework to produce and display art. Referencing Andrew Keen’s publication, ‘The Cult of the Amateur’, this event will contest Keen’s argument that the Internet is killing today’s culture and try to underpin the enormous potential of the Internet’s hybrid activity, which inspires and influences artists today. Acknowledging that the Internet has become a vital tool, source, and arena for a vast amount of contemporary art practice, James Harper has selected bubblebyte.org and POLLYFIBRE as part of this new development. Bubblebyte.org have invited Arcadia_Missa, pyramidd.biz, The Sunday Painter and Hotel Palenque to come together in discussion for a one-night event chaired by curator, Sarah Mc Crory. Turning Keen’s publication on its head, this event will aim to reveal emerging independent / artist-led activity in London that is using the internet to find new ways to display, make, and interact with their audience.

Live for 24 hours, and for the duration of the event, bubblebyte.org founders, Rhys Coren and Attilia Fattori Franchini, have invited artist Paul Flannery to create a compliant intervention of Cell’s existing and long standing website. Flannery will interrupt its conventional streamline order to interact with the basic framework of the site, creating a non-linear, auto-destructive viral action.  
To complete the event POLLYFIBRE will present 'SlideShow', a live work where digital and analogue media collide. The source for this work uses the Internet as a central point of departure in that the script is taken from the Wikipedia definition for the word 'slideshow'. Information and words are randomly extracted from the Internet and transferred onto photographic 35mm slide to be projected with analogue carousel slide projectors taking the audience into a visual wordplay, from Google to PowerPointpresentation. The sound of projectors is manipulated gradually into a clashing, confrontational, digital/analogue crescendo. Slideshow aims to highlight how information is sourced, navigated and considered in a culture of accelerating mediation. It posits the notion of a post-digital era in which we are increasingly faced with challenging questions of authenticity and authority.