'Right Here, Right Now' brings together 16 international artists who use and explore digital technologies. Together they address how technology affects our lives - be that through surveillance, artificial intelligence, voyeurism or online dating. Many of the artworks are interactive, while others transcribe data into stunning visual displays or strange music.
This will be The Lowry’s first major digital art exhibition, bringing together leading UK digital curators who have each nominated an artwork for the show.
The works from the University collection which will be featured in the exhibition are two large scale photographs of oil fields by Manchester-based artist Mishka Henner; the images were sourced from Google Earth and address matters of surveillance, ownership and environment. There are also two lenticular light boxes from UK digital art pioneers Thomson & Craighead’s 'Corruption (2014)' series; displaying a frames taken from a corrupt video file found online – a file intended to put a virus onto a dowloader’s computer gains a painterly and aesthetic quality.
"It is great to be displaying four artworks from the University’s art collection at such a prestigious gallery. We have been developing the digital strand of the University’s art collection over the past two years, both reflecting our presence at MediaCityUK and the fact that many artists are using digital media in the making of their artwork. The digital strand acknowledges our overarching belief that what we collect should be pertinent to Salford now." Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Curator.
Saturday 14 November 2015 - Sunday 28 February 2016
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ