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.

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This is Tomorrow

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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.