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Yuri Pattison
Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency 2014-16


London-based artist Yuri Pattison is the Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency artist for 2014-16.  Enquire to Annotate is a new website, sculpture and series of events which mark the midpoint of Pattison’s commission. The residency is part of Chisenhale’s Offsite programme and is produced in partnership with Create. 

Enquire to Annotate was launched at a special event at Second Home in east London where a new sculpture by Pattison is presented. A new website developed by Pattison, and constantly updated, makes the research generated throughout the residency available to audiences between its launch in July 2015 and April 2016 when the residency draws to a close. This beta testing period allows users open access to Pattison’s material, sketches for works and commissioned texts, all linked by the artist within a changing online landscape here www.enquire.work

Pattison works in digital media and sculpture, exploring ways in which the virtual world permeates material reality. His work addresses the relationship of visual cultures to emerging communication technologies and metadata circulation. For this residency his new line of research is focused on the idea of transparency; how both large companies and smaller networks communicate information visibly to encourage a feeling of security among consumers. Pattison questions how this functions, interrogating the aesthetics, success and failures of transparency.

As an offsite project, Pattison is working in the evolving ecology of east London’s Tech City, a technology cluster also referred to as Silicon Roundabout where workhubs like Second Home have emerged as desirable sites of shared workspace for growing creative companies. Pattison also works within London Hackspace – a grassroots, community run space for skill sharing and workshops. Pattison has identified these sites of co-production to work within as a means to explore the politics of shared workspace and consider what a transparent approach to working together might look like.

The events programme will also run between July 2015 and April 2016 and include talks and workshops which explore ideas of the networked society, both immaterial and physical, and the fragility of the internet, which the artist describes as ‘an architecture on the verge of collapse’. The title Enquire to Annotate references a Victorian household manual Enquire Within Upon Everything, which served as inspiration for Tim Berners-Lee to develop the World Wide Web.

An exhibition of work by Pattison at Chisenhale Gallery will mark the culmination of the residency and take place in July 2016. The exhibition will include a series of sculptures, linked through an online network and built by the artist, which expose the inner workings of complex systems of data circulation by using transparent LCD screens and exposed circuit boards. These sculptures will be deployed at a number of sites including Second Home during the residency.

Operating out of chosen sites of co-production and working, Pattison negotiates the ethos and driving forces behind maker culture, peer-to-peer learning, skill sharing and online networks. With this work Pattison aims to stimulate a wider conversation around immaterial labour, digital economies and the political implications of technological advancement and questions how we deal with transparency.

Yuri Pattison (born 1986, Dublin) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Free Traveller, Cell Projects, London; Colocation, Time Displacement, Minibar, Stockholm, Sweden (2014); and Polymer Placeholder Pin Drop, Project/Number, London, UK (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Private Settings, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Secondo Anniversario, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK (2013); and Objectness, Outpost, Norwich, UK (2013). In 2014 Pattison took part in Wysing Art Centre’s Futurecamp series and Lunch Bytes series at CCA Glasgow. Please visit Pattison's website for more information www.yuripattison.com

Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency is an 18-month artists’ residency in collaboration with Create, a creative agency delivering projects in east London, which involve artists and local communities. The partnership with Create reflects our mutual interests in commissioning artists to engage with east London’s communities and its varied social and cultural contexts. For the inaugural Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2012-14) artist Edward Thomasson worked with a group of performers from east London to develop two new works. Click here for more information.


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