“The transversal experience of negotiating the dynamic gamespaces of post-digital culture demands a user-erotics of speculation, simulation, puzzle-solving, ceaseless intuition of occult algorithms…” Accordingly, the Vaporents exhibition, running from June 25 until July 3 at Glasgow’s VoidoidARCHIVE, presents new commissions by HKE, Rosen, Viktor Timofeev, and video game designer Porpentine Charity Heartscape, navigating “the mannerisms of intimacy that bind and connect us, to the subsequent capacity to dream, design, and enter into projects of collective rationality through digitally altered states.”
Curated by Dane Sutherland, the exhibition is described as “a multi-reality biome; a post-digital swampscape of bacterial gameworlds, ambient trans-architectures, genetic dreampunk fictions, labyrinthine nanobot industrial-complexes, dirty wifi, and interfaces-interfaces-interfaces-interfaces…”. A press release begins with the question: “A dank enlightenment is gaming your bones. What do you do?” The inquiry resembles the beginning of Rosen’s PORTALS project, a transmedia narrative that zigzags between game and literature —the latest instalment of which constitutes part of Vaporents itself.
Here, however, inquisition extends equally over the “dream-music of HKE, the crypto-logics and nanobot anxieties of Viktor Timofeev’s complex gameworlds… and Porpentine Charity Heartscape’s negotiation of private space and intimate encounters revised by liquid-wifi connectivity and internet lossiness”. Collectively, Vaporents deals with “the pathogenic inter-evolution of post-human experience and multi-reality network environments”, exploring the “speculative navigational resources required of digital natives immersed in the hyper contextual virtualities of a post-continuous present”.
In an exclusive mix for aqnb, Sutherland offers a glimpse at “tempestuous techno-environmental conditions and moist media ecologies”, re-oriented and re-calibrated, featuring tracks by Timofeev, Rosen and HKE, alongside associated artists such as Recsund, Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum, チェスマスター, Windows 98の, Cru Servers, Black Zone Myth Chant and DJ Yo-Yo Dieting.**
Viktor Timofeev – Pan Humanna / Nick Land – Meltdown
E▲ ▓F D▓G§ – Imagine Cerberus as a Giant Mermaid
Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum – Dropcrotch Causality
Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum – Circadian Riddim
Cru Servers – ATTIC JAM (MEGALITHIC INMATE) 15:7:15
Black Zone Myth Chant – My Glory Will Be to Sing Eternal Law
DJ Yo-Yo Dieting – Dormant Mirrors II
Arca – Anaesthetic
recsund – STING GOOSE
Rosen – P_OST_Mem
チェスマスター – デメテル
Windows 98の – スレノディ 建物が落ちる
HKE – Spiral **
Header image: Viktor Timofeev, SAZARUS II (2016). Performance view. Photo by Dane Sutherland. Courtesy the artist.
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