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FIltering Failure Exhibition in Amsterdam.

February 10, 2011

Opening on Feb. 25th in Amsterdam is an Exhibtion curated by Rosa Menkman and Julian from the C-Men is Filtering Failure, an exhibit dedicated to the practice of “filtering” and of glitch (failure) practices in media art.  In the words of Menkman:

” In a culture that is continuously accelerating, filters have become a primal commodity. We use them both to open and to close ourselves to or from any kind of possible information.  Filters are ubiquitous, however we only realize their presence when we lack them, or when they fail our expectations.

The exhibition Filtering Failure investigates (the connections between) these procedural terms ‘filtering’ and ‘failure’ and how in (lo-fi) digital arts these terms are being re-invented and re-used.
We can set at least 3 different ways of Filtering Failure apart;  There is the filtering of failure as a garbage or redundant residue (the necessary filtering of all the information we encounter, all the time). Here the focus lies on the everything that has not been filtered, which is the information that will be used.

Secondly, the title can be interpreted as the failure of filtering, which will result in information overload (“It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure” – Clay Shirky).

Lastly, Filtering Failure can refer to the process of filtering failure as a wanted result. In the exhibition we start from this latter perspective, while trying to show a tension between the two first forms.
The exhibition asks how Filtering and Failure co-exist; and how these processes influence each other.”

The exhibit features works by notables from the chiptune and glitch scene in NYC including:  NoCarrier, Notendo,and Nullsleep,  as well as works by Videogramo, Paul Davis, karl Klomp, Jodi, and Jon Satrom.

It runs until April 1st at the Planetart gallery in Amsterdam and is worth checking out if you’re across the pond.

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