Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent… at HTTP gallery, London

Exhibition at HTTP by Doron Golan and Michael Szpakowski – Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent…




HTTP Gallery
16 January-1 March 2009
Open Friday-Sunday 12-5
Private View: 16 January 7-9pm

Furtherfield.org and HTTP Gallery are pleased to publish a new essay by critic and historian Edward Picot about Golan and Szpakowski’s work on the occasion of the exhibition, available at http://www.http.uk.net

Collaboration is working together. Can two people work together without ever having met?

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent, at HTTP Gallery demonstrates that they can. The exhibition takes its title from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by the philosopher of language Ludwig Wittgenstein. It explores a collaboration between two artists across distance through the ineffable language of image. Israeli video artist and film-maker Doron Golan and British artist, composer and educator Michael Szpakowski both make digital films, which they share through websites and email lists, exploring the mystery of everyday life and of being a human in this place and this time. Over the years, the two artists have developed a dialogue and friendship through the exchange of their work. Since 2005 they have collaborated to found and curate DVblog.org, a ground-breaking early platform for art films on the Internet. And yet they’ve never met face to face .

HTTP Gallery in North London is pleased to host the first meeting between Golan and Szpakowski and their art, in real space. Making their online collaborative process physical, the central installation has three elements: a new silent film by each of the artists with a new musical composition by Szpakowski. Bearing their shared sympathies in mind, the artists have independently determined the length and subjects of their films. As a result, the correspondences and resonances between the works are as yet unknown, and will change constantly. The collaborative installation will be accompanied by elements of their independent practices, including a new installation by Szpakowski utilising video and silver birch branches and a selection of Golan’s recent videos, engaging with elements of life in the Middle East and his native Israel, to which he has returned after many years in New York City.

Doron Golan lives and works in and Tel Aviv. He works primarily with digital video and computer animation. Golan has shown extensively internationally, including recently at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, ART BASEL – Miami Beach, USA, Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brasil, and The Academy of Electronic Arts, New Delhi, India. He is founder of computerfinearts.com, an online collection of Internet art. Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art wrote that “the ‘holdings’ of the Computer Fine Arts collection are a microcosm of Net art that perfectly illustrates the breadth of artistic practice on the Web.”

Michael Szpakowski has exhibited in galleries in Europe, the US and Australia and his short videos have been screened all over the world. His music has been performed in Russia, the United States and the UK, at venues including the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service. Szpakowski’s work in diverse educational and community contexts helps participants to engage with human and social content though tools, techniques and processes of media arts, often resulting in accessible and genuinely enjoyable works co-created by all participants.

For more information about the artists please visit:
Doron Golan: http://www.the9th.com , http://computerfinearts.com
Michael Szpakowski: http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com
both run http://dvblog.org

An article written by Edward Picot for this exhibition is at http://www.furtherfield.org/displayreview.php?review_id=329

Edward Picot is an artist and writer based in Kent, UK. He holds a PhD in English Literature and has a particular interest in hyperliterature, having founded the Hyperliterature Exchange (http://hyperex.co.uk/) in 2003. He frequently publishes art criticism and creative writing online. http://edwardpicot.co.uk


Lauren Wright, HTTP Gallery
HTTP Gallery
Unit A2, Arena Design Centre,
71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY.


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