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October

Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. October. In: "Brighton Photo Biennal", Brighton, United Kingdom, 6 October - 4 November 2012. [Show/Exhibition]

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon
Abstract or Description:

October is a documentary artwork about the early rise and fall of the Occupy movement. It is made entirely from information found on the worldwide web and was specially commissioned by Brighton Photo-biennial 2012.

October is a portrait of a protest movement - one that rapidly propagated itself across the world through its use of the Internet, replicating its own language, methods and behaviours worldwide to encompass a diverse range of issues surrounding social and economic inequality. On one gallery wall, a short documentary montage focuses on two key events -the global day of action that took place on October 15th 2011, where Occupy Wall Street spread almost spontaneously to over 900 cities worldwide, and then a systematic crackdown on many of the camps that had emerged taking place from November 2011.

A synchronous compass floor projection interacts with the montage showing where each clip originated in relation to the geographical location of the artwork offering a direct physical relationship between the viewer and the provenance of the footage on a 1:1 scale, thus placing the viewer in the centre of this tele-visual data visualisation. In doing so, we attempt to invoke a critical space, where we can consider what it means to witness something that can only be apprehended, represented and documented through the mediated space of the Internet.

Contributors: Jarvis, Matthew; Cobban, John and Convery, Cavan
Official URL: http://www.bpb.org.uk/2012/whats_on/thomson-and-cr...
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 6 October - 4 November 2012
Related URL: http://www.thomson-craighead.net/docs/october.html
Event Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Item ID: 8905
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 14:06
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 10:17
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8905
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