Come and meet international artist
Steve Kurtz from Critical Art Ensemble, USA
YoHa & Critical Art Ensemble in association with Arts Catalyst are beginning some exploratory work around how the logics of the Thames Estuary gets built and what this might mean for all of us living here. The Thames estuary is a complex collection of objects, atmospheres and flows that cannot readily be reduced to scientific methods and models. The estuary is changing beyond the flows of creeks, the largest container port in the UK is quietly being built on the site of an old oil refinery at Coryton, Essex, dredging a channel 100km east out to sea. London needs a new airport, a new Thames barrier, wind farms.
YoHa will be holding a workshop in the Coal Hole Leigh-on-sea on the afternoon of the 28th but as an appetiser we have asked Steve Kurtz from Critical Art Ensemble to talk about how they approach their work on Friday 27th September @ TAP.
Steve Kurtz is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble, a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and The New Museum in NYC; The Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; The ICA, London; The MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and The London Museum of Natural History. The collective has written 6 books.
The Arts Catalyst is one of the UK’s most distinctive arts commissioning organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science. In its 19 years, The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 100 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Otolith Group, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, Yuri Leiderman, Stefan Gec, Marcel.li Antunez Roca, Beatriz da Costa, Kira O’Reilly, Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Marko Peljhan, and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with major arts, science and academic organisations in the UK and internationally.
Local artists Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa English translation ‘aftermath’) have lived and worked together since 1994.
YoHa’s graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering critical arts projects. Harwood and Yokokoji’s co founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007)and established the MediaShed a free-media lab (2005-2008). In 2008 theyjoined Richard Wright to produce Tantalum Memorial shown in 9 countries and15 cities over 4 years. In 2010 YoHa produced Coal Fired Computers before embarking on a series of works about the lived logics of database machinery including Invisible Airs in 2011 and Endless War 2012.