New Art Highlights
16 - 22 January
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Tom Pearman, Luke Harby, Elly Clarke and Deborah Jane Batt
OVEN DIAL STOOLS, 2022 by Tom Pearman
Tom was commissioned by Aldi Uk and Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council for a series of bespoke benches and cycle stands for their new car park.
The stools are based upon oven dials and the cycle stands upon various food types. Tom worked with art students at Abingdon & Witney College creating a series of domestic switches turning on and off to be displayed in the supermarket.
They are made from machined white granite and polished black granite.
Glyphbot, 2022 - 2023 by Luke Harby
Finally! I made my own Frankenstein’s monster.
For the past year I have been working on writing a bot. In it’s initial prototype I envisioned it ending up on Twitter, but since that went south I have moved it to Mastodon.
The bot calls an AI API with a randomised typographic prompt that returns 4 images. It will then post one of the images to Mastodon with the prompt name. If any of the processes fail there is a fallback (there were many failures early on).
The app runs on a Node server on a very old Raspberry Pi (2014). One of the issues I faced was that my code was built to run on a more modern version of Node. I had to refactor the app for it to support the older architecture on the Pi.
The app is a small component part of a much larger project I have been working on for several years, and am now envisioning as a book, although several parts of this project have yet to be started. I am glad that this small, autonomous bot is now out in the world.
Dragging the Archive: a personal re:encounter with Franklin Furnace's cyber beginnings, 19th January - 6th April 2023 by Elly Clarke
Location: Pratt Library, Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
An online/onsite exhibition curated by artist/researcher Elly Clarke, of materials from the early cyber years of Franklin Furnace, 1996-2002. Installed in heavy museum-like vitrines across all levels of the Pratt Library, the exhibition is designed to be encountered in any order. It is also an invitation: to reflect, respond, and feed back; interactions facilitated by QR codes and the exhibition website.
Trolleyed, 2023 by Deborah Jane Batt
Dumped fly tipped shopping trolley in a stream.