NEW MATERIALITY & THE DIGITAL ARTIFACT with Juan Covelli | MAL Seminars

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NEW MATERIALITY & THE DIGITAL ARTIFACT | Artist Talk with Juan Covelli

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
6 - 8 PM /// ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE THEATER
INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY / UCL ANTHROPOLOGY


UCL MAL is pleased to invite artist Juan Covelli to give a talk as part of our evening seminar series.

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In his recent work, Covelli has been experimenting with artifacts from the Dogon tribe of West Africa that he discovered in the Guttormsgaard Archive in Norway. Through his research about Dogon cosmology as well as various digitization efforts, Covelli has created digital objects that intervene in and re-figure the original artifacts, thus creating entirely new entities.

Covelli’s concerns are connected to the archive’s potential of being a tool for activism and art making against digital colonialism. He is fascinated by the digital archive as a way of democratizing the object and liberating it from physical and geographical constraints. Today we experience a paradigm shift from perspective to the realm of volume. The rise of scanning and 3D technologies has made this change ever more relevant. For Covelli, the significance lies in the reproduction and production of objects where repetition becomes difference. If we are able to reproduce endless exact copies, what happens with the original?

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The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Juan Covelli is an artist living and working in London. His work has focused on new materialities generated by the digital era; in particular, on the dynamics and approaches of the physical within the digital world. In the last few years, he has been exploring the relationship between technology, heritage, archaeology, and digital colonialism. In his execution, he employs photography, video, 3D printing, coding, and data streaming, where data manipulation of the image is used to produce both installations and web-based works. Recent shows include: Inside Intel (2018) Goldsmiths University London, UK; The image of things (2018) Guttormsgaards ARKIV, Oslo, Norway; How to dust the surface (2018) Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK; Life 2.0 The wrong Biennale (2017) Online; Neixcuitilamatl (2017) ADM Galería, México City, México; Connecting Columns (2017) Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016) Moscow, Russia.


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