The Network Ensemble is a data-noise duo focused on materialising the network forces which cross our bodies and permeate urban spaces. On show at Gluqbar, for the first time in Italy, are a selection of custom-built machines able to read the local WiFi network and turn it into a source of noise, and a selection of ‘Network Studies’, audiovisual pieces exploring spaces and moments of rupture occurring amongst global financial, geopolitical and communication networks.
The gallery is imbued with the intangible forces of the local WiFi networks, decodified and recodified by machines creating a soundscape unique to their position in space-time. Simultaneously, a sonic warfare echoes in it, generated elsewhere in confrontation with the chaos of stock market crashes, global media events and network glitches.
The Network Ensemble is the sound unit of the Demystification Committee, an art and design collective studying the intensities of late capitalism — in its platforms, networks, capital and information flows. Established in 2016 and chaired from London and Berlin, the Demystification Committee is (pre)occupied with the relationship between sovereignty and capital, and with the friction between networks and power structures. Among its recent exhibitions and performances: 4th Istanbul Design Biennale @ARTER Istanbul, SITUATIONS/INFRASTRUCTURE @Fotomuseum Winterthur, transmediale 2018 @HKW Berlin, Radical Networks 2018 @SPEKTRUM Berlin, Alt-Age @Design Museum London, Borderline Festival 2018 @Onassis Cultural Center Athens.
Opening 4 January 2019
5-13 January (on appointment)