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jotta is pleased to launch an online project space, exclusively showcasing a new work by jotta Award winner, Francis Brady.
Francis Brady won the jotta Award as part of the Chelsea Student Awards 2010, an initiative at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Brady’s practice explores an ongoing inquiry into the vast realm of peripheral sub cultures, examining methods of communication and participation within these social networks. Brady reflects upon internet culture and its effect on the physical world, through the employment of sound, installation, moving image and found text.
Specifically created for jotta’s online space, Brady’s most recent moving image piece Xnoybis (2010), engages with the behemoth of online technology and the wider internet culture, whilst exploring new ways of devising the webpage as a place of artistic inquiry.
Investigating the relationship between the presence of an artwork within the given format, Xnoybis (2010) comments on the period between the late 80's to early 90's, when, for the first time, the presence of the internet became widely recognised as a source of sharing ideas for free, becoming a space where marginalised communities could connect and be heard.
Channelling a myriad of sloganeering borrowed text, manipulated through kaleidoscopic abstraction, phrases from somewhat peripheral music communities, such as grind-core, industrial and death metal, are juxtaposed with imagery taken from the early 90's 3D video game, DOOM.
Through the parameters of the webpage Brady manifests a concatenation of found ephemera. The artist uses this online platform to critique the internet’s secular form, whilst questioning the compendium impulses of online contributions, investigating what he describes as a mode of ‘transcendence’ through this free form of communication
Brady has written an accompanying text for his new work for jotta's Critical Dialogue, read Noise Cultures: Networks of the marginalised here
The Chelsea Student Award is a student initiated project that invites various organisations and galleries, such as Transition Gallery, ACME Studios, Chelsea Space, Oval House Theater and NWLH NHS Trust, and of course jotta, to provide an award for one graduating student.