We are pleased to announce…
the following artists have been selected to participate in this series of innovative and collaborative two week residencies online, connecting and communicating in pairs through social media to produce individual, yet relational work, which probes the broad theme of ‘dissent’. The artists taking part are;
Block_Chain >The Power of Two
BLOCK_CHAIN>THE POWER OF TWO borrows it’s terminology from the blockchain, the powerful digital algorithm, originally created for Bitcoin, which dissipates data across the Internet, logging each and every exchange in immutable transparency. In a similar way, this experimental process, where each pairing of artists will serve as a catalyst for the next, will be documented at every point, the process of transaction and exchange of ideas, dissipated online through social media platforms.
Blockchain has been described by writer Hayase Nozomi as ‘a shield for our collective dissent against institutional hierarchies.’ promising a decentralized system removing power from the few to distribute it to the many. Yet it remains, for most, a mysterious phenomenon, belonging to everyone and no-one, it’s illusive founder, or founders, named yet untraceable, the potential of it’s capacity not yet fully appreciated or understood. We must engage to understand.
Chapel Arts Studios is a research-based arts organisation, which centres on the subject of constructive dissent, explored through a collaborative lens. BLOCK_CHAIN >THE POWER OF TWO is a further iteration of this exploration, bringing artists together to interact and respond to the subject of dissent be that political, personal, environmental, societal, material or whatever way artists wish to interpret it.
Prompted by images from previous pairings, artists will interact online for two weeks, working to produce a series of digital images which will then be passed on as a prompt to the next pair. Culminating in a generative and relational collaborative output of digital images and observational writing, this will form the catalyst for a symposium on the theme of ‘Dissent’ at Winchester School of Art in 2018.