There are already 35 server farms on Mars. It is the perfect temperature, 2018

A solo show within a group show at Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK.

Photographs by Damian Griffiths.

Press Release

There are already 35 server farms on Mars. It is the perfect temperature is a solo exhibition presented within CACOTOPIA 02, a series of solo exhibitions featuring works by five recent and future graduates from some of Europe’s leading art schools at Annka Kultys Gallery, London.

The exhibition explores how our lives are becomingly increasingly digitalised, revolving around a video installation, titled There are already 35 server farms on Mars. It is the perfect temperature, that resembles a marketing booth for the cryptocurrency Litecoin. The video utilises found footage taken from YouTube to speak about escaping into the screen, fake news and surveillance capitalism.

Another video included in the exhibition, Zo, concerns a conversation between the artist and an internet bot installed on the social media app Kik. The bot, named Zo, is programmed to replicate chatty autonomous conversation. The dialogue that occurred is foregrounded in front of various melancholy habitats devoid of the human life from the Mass Effect video game series. Within the film the entity and the individual discuss artificial intelligence and the difference between being a robot and a human being.

Alongside these videos there are a series of wall and floor-based sculptures, utilising imagery found online to speak about alternative futures, memes and how virtual interfaces have been potentially influenced by catastrophic global events.

The final work in the show, Guided Representation, is a series of custom-made badges adorned with the logos from the six most used internet web browsers. Throughout the exhibition period visitors are encouraged to take a badge that represents their own web browsing habits, akin to registered voters wearing badges that align with their political beliefs, showing support for their chosen party.
 

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

A Conversation, 2018

Book

20 x 13 x 0.5cm

 

Guided Representation, 2018
MDF board, printed badges, glue

20cm x 20cm x 20cm

Edition of 3, 1AP

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

Children Are Our Future, 2018

Clear acrylic, PC stand with casters, digital print on vinyl, steel bolts

27 x 36 x 12 cm

Unique

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

Solidarity, 2017

MDF board, 96 sim cards, wood, glue
30 x 35 x 1.7 cm

Edition of 2, 1AP

 

There are already 35 server farms on Mars. It is the perfect temperature, 2017

HD digital video​ with sound, JVC flatscreen TV, pine wood, MDF board, JZBRAIN charging tower,  extension cable, various Litecoin paraphernalia, Belkin WIFI range extender, media player, polyamide 3D printed USB drive, self-published book, miscellaneous cables, screws, glue

120 x 120 x 140 cm

Unique

 

There are already 35 server farms on Mars. It is the perfect temperature, 2017
 HD digital video​
3 min 8 sec

Edition of 3, 1AP

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

Portal II, 2017

MDF board, vinyl print

29.7 x 42 x 2 cm

Unique

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

Portal I, 2017

MDF board, vinyl print

29.7 x 42 x 2 cm

Unique

 

Content Collapse, 2017

Plastic toy tank, Barclays debit card, supermarket membership cards, SIM cards, WIFI aerial, Apple earphone wire, MDF board, glue

18 x 24 x 19 cm

Unique

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

Cacotopia 02 Installation view

 

Post WWIII I, 2017

SIM cards, MDF, wood, glue, plastic toy army men

10 x 10 x 10 cm

Unique

Post WWIII II, 2017

SIM cards, MDF, wood, glue, plastic toy army men

10 x 10 x 10 cm

Unique

 

Post 9/11, 2018

Digital print on aluminium dibond

15.5 x 120 x 1.5 cm

Edition of 3, 1AP

 

Zo​, 2017

HD digital video
7 min 20 sec

Edition of 3, 1AP

 

Zo​, 2017

HD digital video
7 min 20 sec

Edition of 3, 1AP

Cacotopia 02 Installation view