posted by rob on April 21st, 2011 -

GOTO10 are the current and last artists group in residency at Grand Union for the SEARCH ENGINE project. Over the course of their residency, from 16 April to 30 April, GOTO1O will be working in the gallery space, developing the project /points of presence/

Event: Thursday 28 April, 12 – 8 pm: Open studio day and project presentation 6.30 – 8 pm: Project presentation by Rob Canning and Barbara Kukovec

SEARCH ENGINE, curated by Marialaura Ghidini, is a six-week open-residencies programme aimed at facilitating new processes of production, collaborative research and forms of distribution.

For SEARCH ENGINE Grand Union has invited three artists groups – Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel, American Mountains, GOTO10 – to work in the project space for two weeks each; taking as their departure point the investigation of the complex relationship between history and technology, and the way it connects to the Grand Union locale, Digbeth (Birmingham).

Using Wi-Fi signals to create a semi-hidden textual web, GOTO10 will intervene in the public spaces of Digbeth by creating “hacked” spaces.

GOTO10 artists will be exploring the surroundings of Grand Union and collecting information from notice billboards, and other communication nodes. The collected data will subsequently be “remixed and retransmitted” into the gallery locale in the form of a series of 32-character text strings.

By creating multiple simultaneous WLAN access points (Wi-Fi hotspots), these strings will combine to create a constantly evolving poetic structure. This will be transmitted and visible to residents in the Digbeth area as well as being unconsciously collected in the device memory of passers-by. These access points will also act as portals to a series of site-specific galleries only accessible through the local wireless intranet.