Since 1997 the New York-based non-profit, Eyebeam, has actively provided support for and exposure of projects that critically engage with emerging technology and crack it open in unexpected ways. For this exhibition at Upfor in Portland, director and curator Roddy Schrock asked seven of Eyebeam’s most forward-looking and adventurous artists working in myriad tech-related forms, from conceptual to sound arts, to render their work into objects: Chloë Bass, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Zach Gage, Brian House and Addie Wagenknecht. In our current “internet-of-everything” age, where information is immediate and ubiquitous, physical objects have taken on a new immediacy in helping to create appropriate metaphors for the highly complex algorithm-driven world in which we live. The resultant works challenge and interrogate notions of materiality and its porous relationship to data and concepts.
September 3 – October 31, 2015