Exhibition | The Digital Weird (Online Exhibition) | arebyte | 5 July - 6 September | Contemporary Art at arebyte on Screen | London | Art Week

The Digital Weird (Online Exhibition) | arebyte | 5 July - 6 September

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Monday, 5 July 2021 to Monday, 6 September 2021

The Digital Weird parodies the format of an online scavenger hunt. Visitors are asked to find hyperlinks within each work to progress through a sequence of carefully placed videos, stills, texts and games. These works are disseminated across a number of platforms, websites, and other methods of communication; supplanted into subcultured social scenes, added into niche video platforms, appearing as links into the esotericism of Reddit debates, and bogus landmarks within the Google map matrix. Nothing is what it seems, and nothing is given context of artist name or exhibition title. Using nonsense usernames and phoney accounts, the embedded works exist in a chain of discovery but can equally be stumbled upon by unsuspecting viewers at random. 

Whether a passive intruder, or an active participant in the hunt, viewers are encouraged to waste time on the internet - to inhabit the privileged position of the digital Flâneur - and to succumb to their inherent curiosity of going down an internet rabbit hole. Always a follower of visitors before them, newer explorers will be looking for the warmth of a seat that has just been departed (the infrathin of the digital between-space). 

The exhibition is an exploration into the underbelly: subcultures, underground practitioners, theories, genres and artists, all grazing the surface of what the weird could encompass. The works are used as tools to rethink our positioning towards terminology often given to that which some would rather ignore: creepy, unnatural, freaky, unfamiliar, weird. Unpacking the negative connotations of these words (rejection, embarrassment, and different) may enable us to better understand the non-binaries, and the varied realms and meanings of the weird or wyrd that have existed for centuries.

For more info, see the link: https://www.arebyte.com/digital-weird

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The exhibition is taking place online: https://www.arebyte.com/digital-weird

This exhibition is part of arebyte Gallery's online project, arebyte on Screen: https://www.arebyte.com/aos-programme

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