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{crowdsourced} NOIR / Love Beyond Recognition

  • Location:
    Furtherfield Gallery, McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park, London, Islington, N4 2NQ, GB

Private View Saturday Dec 8th 1-4pm
Open Tues 11th through Saturday 15th Dec 12-4pm

Seeking to investigate new modes of audience experience,{crowdsourced} Noir / Love Beyond Recognition is a process-based artwork by Josefina Posch encompassing a sculptural installation and an interactive stream across the World Wide Web. Both parts of the project are based on the notion of "crowdsourcing" and the use of public domain archives for works of art. The physical installation will be exhibited at Konstepidemin Gallery, Gothenburg (SE), with live interactive streams Furtherfield Gallery Clear Spot, London.

Visitors will be able to search for keywords from a database of short clips selected from the online public domain Film Noir Archive and hear them play through sourced short clips dialogues containing those words, while a live video stream connecting the two venues in London and Gothenburg will show the sculptural installation intercut by those dialogues and related video footage. A compelling cinematic experience is created. Visitors at Konstepidemin Gallery will be also able to see the live stream and hear the dialogues selected by the London-based audiences.

About the Project

{crowdsourced} Noir / Love Beyond Recognition is a process-based artwork encompassing a sculptural installation and an interactive stream across the World Wide Web. The origin of both parts of the project is based upon the notion of ‘crowdsourcing’. The principle being that more heads are better than one. By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation will be superior. In this instance, crowdsourcing will be applied through the use of clipsourcing tools which have been developed to aid in project-related tasks that can only be achieved through human interaction/intervention. This way, the crowd will help the artist achieve these tasks whilst adding a democratic element to the final outcome of the project.

During Spring and Summer 2012, an interested public was invited to both participate and contribute to the project's creative process in two distinct ways: in Sweden as models, whereby a cast was taken of a chosen body part (the body parts were later assembled to full figure sculptures) and in the UK by taking part in a workshop at Furtherfield Gallery to help source short clips from the online public domain Film Noir Archive through our online tool.

The digital part of Posch's project was developed in collaboration with UK artist and new media developer Mike Blackman.
About the Artist

Josefina Posch is a Swedish artist that has worked and exhibited extensively abroad, including at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Fondazione Pistoletto's Cittadellarte, Sculpturespace NY and a residency at Duolun Museum of Modern Art Shanghai. During her 3 month residency at Art Space, Portsmouth, in Autumn 2010, she began her collaboration with artist and new media developer Mike Blackman in the development of her digital concepts.

The project is supported by Gothenburg City Arts Council, Arts Council England/British Council and IASPIS - The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists.