I'm Feeling So Virtual I'm Violent

Image Credit: HA HA Gallery

HA HA Gallery, 9-11 Old Northam Road, Southampton, SO14 0NZ

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Saturday 15 October 2016 – Saturday 14 January 2017

HA HA Gallery proudly presents a BAS8 Fringe Southampton Associate Commission 2016:


ARTISTS: Claire Boyd, Liv Fontaine, Neil Haas, Vanessa Omoregie, Sarah Roberts, Rafal Zjako

OPENING PARTY: Saturday 15 October 7PM-10PM. Don’t miss the MYSTERY SECRET IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE that awaits!!!!

OPENING HOURS: 12 - 5 PM on 15/16 October, 22/23 October and 29/30 October and BY APPOINTMENT THEREAFTER

The world is falling apart! But all the Establishment wants to talk about is imaginations of the flux, seduced realities, meditative environments and generative reproductions*. Post internet and post revelation, the gaze does not extend beyond individual channels, streams and networks. Lured into a false sense of progression, we stand still offline. Expecting revolution without motion, we eat information without idea, and then we wonder why collectively we are still here. Virtual spheres we had once hoped would facilitate radical behaviours gave us a platform to scream, but IRL silence reigns and we allget wet. So now we are wet and we are cold. Exposed without the protection of the fourth wall, we are all crippled by anxiety, sat at home with our mums, stymied, oppressed, depressed and stressed. Empowerment is not based in big data, freedom cannot be sought through capitalist structures; the Silicon Valley gatekeeper is not your friend. Defriend now.

*phrasing generated by The MarketOMatic (1.0) [fine arts version]

Part of British Art Show 8 Fringe Associate Programme, see www.southamptonfringe.com for all exhibitions, events and workshops

Funded by Arts Council England, Southampton City Council, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, Culture Southampton


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