Real Virtuality: The Networked Art of Garrett Lynch
peripheral forms presents a netrospective++ of the work of networked artist, Garrett Lynch. This overview of Lynch’s work takes place through a social media residency, a website, a pop-up exhibition, an email network, pin-on badges worn by people across multiple continents, and will culminate in a publication in 2019.
White Flag, a ‘virtual’ residency on Facebook in February, will centre around flags as symbolic visuals through which to explore ideas of place and identity as they relate to ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ space. A white flag, while understood internationally as a symbol of capitulation, also symbolises peace, a willingness to discuss, reach an understanding and in a creative context is effectively a blank space to be filled.
During the residency a website/app (http://www.asquare.org/work/whiteflag/) will be made available. Its purpose is to provide a white or blank flag through which to crowdsource flag designs for networks – flags that symbolise the ideals, principles, essence, realism or failure of ‘virtual’ and networked spaces. Visitors are encouraged to submit their flag designs using the website/app. These will be exhibited in the gallery, employed during the residency, voted on at the end of the month and used in the creation of an artwork after the residency.
ABOUT GARRETT LYNCH
Garrett Lynch (IRL) is an artist, lecturer, curator and theorist. His work deals with networks (in their most open sense) within an artistic context; the spaces between artist, artworks and audience as a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse. Recently most active in networked performance Garrett’s networked practice spans online art, installation, performance and writing.
ABOUT peripheral forms
Conceived of as a roving platform for digital art, peripheral forms works to connect artists with audience through websites, social media, pop up exhibitions, stickers, and any/all other platforms. peripheral forms believes in sprawling piles of art that expand to meet the needs of today’s break-neck paced barrage of aesthetic consumption.