S.W.A.M.P.


Quick Info:
Where: HUMlab
Date: November 17
Time: 2:45 opening, snacks
Introduction, Discussion:
3:00 (approximate)

Matt Kenyon of the art collective SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmospheres and Mass Production) will join us today (Nov. 17) at 3:00 p.m. via Skype to discuss his work.

SWAMP’s projects, such as “Spore 1.1,” “Meat Helmet,” “Tardigotchi,” and “Puddle”—as well as many other pieces of innovative and interventionist art—have been featured by Wired, Gizmodo, and El País, and have won multiple awards, including first prize at the File Prix Lux in 2010.

SWAMP’s work is particularly provocative for the way that it complicates distinctions between human and non-human entities. In “Spore 1.1” (2004), for example, SWAMP connected a rubber tree plant to an automatic watering system that was hooked up to the New York Stock Exchange, while in “Tardigotchi” (2010), they created a “an artwork featuring two pets: a living organism and an alife avatar,” which enjoyed a symbiotic existence within a brass sphere.

Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting conversation with Matt! In the meantime, have fun checking out SWAMP’s projects online:
http://www.swamp.nu/

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