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BALTIC's Digital Citizen

28th January 2019

Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject New group exhibition opens 25 January 2019

James Bridle / Alan Butler / Laura Grace Ford / Peter Hanmer / Daniela Ortiz / Jonas Staal / Kate Stonehill / Petra Szemán / They Are Here / Alan Warburton

This new group exhibition, initiated by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead draws on the imagination of contemporary artists to inspire a conversation on ideas of citizenship in the digital age. We are said to live in the era of ‘fake news’ – online propaganda which significantly endangers democracy. Sophisticated AI and CGI technologies have irreversibly blurred the distinction between reality and simulation. We voluntarily subject ourselves to constant surveillance of our online presence, while enjoying the apparent anonymity which grants us the illusion of freedom and encourages the upsurge of internet trolling.

In the time of unprecedented speed of information circulation which has weakened the importance and integrity of the public space, have we lost the ability for informed political action? Are we still able to form a community or has the fragmentation of the present moment deprived us of the capacity of active enabled citizens? Digital Citizen investigates new possibilities of digital tools and networks for rethinking historical forms of nationalisms and citizenship. The exhibition revels in digital avatars, game environments and ‘total worlds’ that open up new spaces for creation and fluid gender identities. It asks the question of whether it is still possible to foster new transnational forms of togetherness and activism in the digital realm.

The first section of the exhibition looks at ideas of transnationalism and new ways of political assembly – some that might be aided by technology. Additional works look at simulation and immersive environments, alongside the shadowy world of trolling the internet, the use of fake identities and internet trolls. A third section contains several immersive works or total works.

For images and further information please contact:
Fiona Russell fionar@suttonpr.com Craig Astley T: 0191 440 4913 E: craiga@balticmill.com Louise Todd T: 0191 440 4912 E: louiset@balticmill.com

Artist Works

James Bridle
Flag for No Nations 2016 Video, 13 mins, looped
Citizen Ex 2015-2019 Laptop, algorithm, table, flags

Alan Butler
On Exactitude in Science 2017
Two-screen HD video, 86 mins (looped)
Koyaanisqatsi (© IRE 1983, All Rights Reserved)
courtesy of Godfrey Reggio and the Institute for Regional Education

Laura Grace Ford
Ordnance Arms, Canning Town, November 2018 (Text)
Collag barking, pavement, Server farm 2, Subway 1 Peter Hanmer Plato’s Lair (Redux) 2019 Originally commissioned by Cheeseburn Sculpture with the support of the Gillian Dickinson Trust

Daniela Ortiz
Jus Sanguinis 2016
Video, 4 mins, looped
Jonas Staal
New Unions (Third Draft) 2018
Kate Stonehill
Fake News Fairy Tale 2018
14 min, colour

Petra Szemán
Monomyth: gaiden / Part 1. Departure: 2018 Video, 12 mins, looped
How to enter a fictional realm – TUTORIAL 2018 Video, 8 mins, looped
They Are Here
We Help Each Other Grow 2017 Video, 4 mins, looped
Adjacent Possible 2017/2019 Headline board, printed paper

Alan Warburton
Good Bye Uncanny Valley 2017 Video, 15 mins, looped
Trollolololologram 2019 Lenticular print 2019 Stereoscopic CGI video on Sony Cube monitor, 3D glasses & sou


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a major international gallery situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England and has welcomed over seven million visitors since 2002. BALTIC presents outstanding, experimental and inspiring world-class contemporary art across 2600 square metres, making it the Europe’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. BALTIC’s distinctive and ambitious programme of free entry exhibitions has included the work of over 460 artists from 60 nationalities in 220 exhibitions including Michael Dean, Lubaina Himid, Heather Phillipson and Rasheed Araeen. BALTIC is a registered charity and its mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities.

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Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road Daily 10.00-18.00
Tel: +44 (0) 191 478 1810 www.baltic.art

Image: Petra Szeman The world is contained within the reach of the Yamanote Line, 2018 Still from videoImaI


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