Event Date: 12 May 2016
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway presents:
Erica Scourti – Evasive Actions: on the Limits of Intelligibility
How does a digital subject become legible, and is unintelligibility a privileged position? Is the desire to evade capture an updated romanticism, a striving for the unreachable? How will current datastreams be readable as future archives, from the perspective of non-human time and agencies? With these questions in mind, Erica Scourti will draw on recent work, including her Dark Archives project, to examine the limitations of ‘making visible’ as a critique of infrastructures of surveillance and networked technology, plus propose speculative strategies of refusal.
Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece and is now based in London and Athens. Her work draws on personal experience as a way to explore networked subjectivities and the infrastructures of life, labour and love in a fully mediated world. She has exhibited recently at Microscope Gallery, New York, HeK Basel, FACT, The Photographers’ Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Munich Kunstverein, Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Banner Repeater, Grand Union and The Royal Standard. She has recently presented performances and talks at the Goethe Institut, London, the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, Goldsmiths College, London, the Dutch Art Institute, Aarhus Decennial Conference 2015, Transmediale, ICA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, David Roberts Art Foundation and Southbank Centre, London. Erica was in residence at Wysing Arts Centre during autumn 2015, and is a Near Now Fellow 2015.
Introduction by Giles Askham (London Met):