David Rokeby: silicon remembers carbon

Rokeby, D. and Ride, P. 2007. David Rokeby: silicon remembers carbon. Liverpool

TitleDavid Rokeby: silicon remembers carbon
CreatorsRokeby, D. and Ride, P.
Description

Ride curated this David Rokeby retrospective exploring the interdisciplinary focus of an artist whose work draws significantly on the science of computer intelligence. Ride also produced the online catalogue and wrote the introductory essay. Ride’s curation aimed to bring together a representative sample of the work of David Rokeby, a leading international media arts

practitioner whose work has been rarely seen in the UK, and to present it in a number of contexts, including major shows in

Liverpool and Glasgow. Ride aimed to show Rokeby’s work as a contemporary visual artist; to illustrate how the history of ‘new

media as art’ can be indicated through a concerted look at a singular artist’s output; and to show how key concepts are

developed by the artist across his body of work.

Being the first retrospective devoted to Rokeby outside his home country, Canada,

Ride’s primary curatorial objective was to address the issue of adequately representing an artist’s creative trajectory through a

retrospective. There are few historical exhibitions of new media work due to problems of hardware obsolescence, therefore

installations have to be re-created and re-contextualised for a contemporary audience both through supporting information and

gallery installation.

Another curatorial objective was to find ways to contextualise the work through a variety of approaches so that it appeals to a

wide range of inter-disciplines. For example Rokeby’s work explores computer intelligence, how computers can ‘see’, ‘speak’

and communicate’ together as a ‘social’ network. Areas of interest include language and linguistics, music composition,

cognitive science and visual culture. Each exhibition emphasises a different aspect of his work with different works included. An

online catalogue (including 2000 word curatorial essay by Ride) revealed how the exhibition evolved in different venues.

The project was developed over four years through close work with the artist and supported with £45,000 funds from Canada

House, Canadian High Commission and ACE.

Reviews include Literary and Linguistic Computing; Furtherfield; The List.

Date2007
EventFoundation for Art and Technology (FACT)
Web address (URL)http://www.rokebyshow.org.uk
Publication dates
Completed2007

Related outputs

Suspended: Art in the threshold
Ride, P. 2018. Suspended: Art in the threshold. in: Parry, R., Page, R. and Moseley, A. (ed.) Museum Thresholds: The Design and Media of Arrival London Routledge.

Enriched Audio Description: Working towards an inclusive museum experience
Eardley, A.F., Fryer, L., Hutchinson, R., Cock, M., Ride, P. and Neves, J. 2017. Enriched Audio Description: Working towards an inclusive museum experience. in: Halder, S. and Czop Assaf, L. (ed.) Inclusion, Disability and Culture: An Ethnographic Perspective Traversing Abilities and Challenges Springer.

Redefining Access: Embracing multimodality, memorability and shared experience in Museums
Eardley, A.F., Mineiro, C., Neves, J. and Ride, P. 2016. Redefining Access: Embracing multimodality, memorability and shared experience in Museums. Curator: The Museum Journal. 59 (3), pp. 263-286.

The digital media handbook. 2nd edition
Dewdney, A. and Ride, P. 2014. The digital media handbook. 2nd edition. Abingdon Routledge.

The narrative of technology: understanding the effect of New Media artwork in the museum
Ride, P. 2012. The narrative of technology: understanding the effect of New Media artwork in the museum. in: Macleod, S., Hourston Hanks, L. and Hale, J. (ed.) Museum making: narratives, architectures, exhibitions Abingdon Routledge. pp. 267-276

Putting it together: examining new media arts and creative practice
Ride, P. 2012. Putting it together: examining new media arts and creative practice. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

#CitizenCurators
Ride, P. 2012. #CitizenCurators.

Enter the gallery
Ride, P. 2011. Enter the gallery. Public: Art, Culture, Ideas. 44, pp. 80-90.

David Rokeby: plotting against time
Ride, P. 2008. David Rokeby: plotting against time.

Timeless: time, landscape and new media
Ride, P. 2006. Timeless: time, landscape and new media. Harbourfront Centre, York Quay, Toronto, Canada

The new media handbook
Dewdney, A. and Ride, P. 2005. The new media handbook. London, UK Routledge.

Active daydreaming: the nature of collaboration
Prophet, J. and Ride, P. 2004. Active daydreaming: the nature of collaboration. in: Fusco, M. (ed.) Wonderful: visions of the near future book UNKNOWN. pp. 66-70

Tide
Jerram, L. and Ride, P. 2002. Tide. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/91zx9/david-rokeby-silicon-remembers-carbon


Share this
Tweet
Email