As part of the Real / Virtual Season, Ugly Duck is proud to welcome XAP for their project Virtuality Mortality
“In our current project, ‘Virtuality Mortality’, we are investigating the intertwined relationships of humans, technology and nature – depicted as an intense ecology of living, nascent, digital, organic, physical, virtual, decaying, resuscitated, undead, reborn.”
For this project, XAP have brought together an international group of artists and technologists, combining multi-sensory installations, interactive robotics, paint, machine learning, dance, sculpture, video, print, audio and performance.
The collective explores communications, tensions and potentials between the realms of the Real and Virtual, depicted as an intense ecology of digital, organic, human and machine; living, decaying, reborn and undead. Experience the moment of Unoriginal Sin via QR code; see the unseen ‘Last free NHS bed’; let an AI ransack your email and create a ’zine all about you; taste the Big Heap of decaying technology; notify The System of the Final Wishes for your online self. Visit through the eyes of The (hu)Ma(n)chine; prepare yourself to forget and remember; follow the elusive trail of messages from an other place.
Events over the weekend include… Participatory performances; ‘Tech Vet’ Clinics for your sick gadgets; Big Draw workshops; artists’ tours; a final ‘Takedown/Breakdown performance… where does this waste go?’.
Amy Cartwright – Sarah Cave-McMullan – Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh – T. Croxton – Laura Dekker – Mila Dolman – Teague Flannery – Ute Kirkwood – Dave Lukes – Theresia Lynch – Alix Martínez Martínez – Angela Mellen – Howard Melnyczuk – Ana Oak – Estera Parker – Harrison Pearce – Sabrina Recoules-Quang – Ed Saye – Dagmar Schürrer – Liz Sergeant – Dina Varpahovsky
London-based artist collective XAP have been collaborating since 2007.Their cross-disciplinary practice integrates performance, traditional art media and new technologies, to tackle contemporary social, political and cultural issues. Their projects frequently go beyond the gallery – out into woodland, parkland and urban public spaces.
To provide a richer experience for blind and visually impaired audiences, XAP artists have been trained in audio description techniques by VocalEyes.
The artists met while studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins; XAP members have gone on to MAs at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths, Newcastle University, and City and Guilds of London Art School.