Installing-Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales, 2013

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We have arrived at the lovely Oriel Myrddin Gallery, in Carmarthen, Wales. Today marked the first install day, lots of ironing out of creases, opening up works and letting them settle, and letting ourselves get a feel for how to relate everything to the space and to each other.

We’ve been reflecting upon the motivations behind Difference Engine and marveling at the fact that this is our 7th show together! Conversations among the group this evening wondered about technology and the seeming magic of it; conversely, the frustration of slide carousels never working when you’re looking at them; whether we are sharing our work with an audience or a public, whether the distinction matters, and whether we ought to make an audit of this whole ‘touring autonomous artist-led curation’ and try to demonstrate more plainly the in’s and out’s of funding without getting personal about it…

…considerations on cheese and bread and tea, on soccer and the beauty of the welsh accent were also made today. But now, it’s time for sleep!

Accumulator II-Oriel Myrddin, Wales, 2013

Difference Engine: Accumulator II

Oriel Myrddin Gallery
Carmarthen Wales

23 February – 23 March 2013


“Jamming is a form of error detection” Charles Babbage

Difference Engine is an evolving touring exhibition by artists Mark Cullen, Gillian Lawler, Wendy Judge and Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung.
It takes the first computer, engineered by Charles Babbage, as its namesake; Difference Engine.

Accumulator II re-orders the exhibition space as a place for the visitor to engage with time, language, mythology and architecture. Within this space the outside ‘order’ of the world is declared critically problematic; systems become subject to examination, reinvention, re-presentation. Tentative projections of the future are suggested – and anxieties are released.

The visitor is greeted by the ANNEX – a compilation of objects, papers, sounds and visions, accumulated over time by the multi-dimensional character of Difference Engine.


Saturday 23 February 2013

Gallery talk by Ciara Healy at 4pm
followed by drinks reception in the gallery

Evening continues at the The Tangled Parrot from
7.30pm with up-and-coming folk/electronica band
Trwbador and support.

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Accumulator-West Cork Arts Centre, 2012

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Some installation shots of the current Difference Engine exhibition at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen. Difference Engine: ACCUMULATOR will run from today (3pm) to the 26th May, and we’re launching our D.E. Chronicles publication too, hot off the presses.

If you’re in the area do drop by, there’ll be a BBQ and a short talk by Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at Cork Institute of Technology, from 3pm.

Check out West Cork Arts Center for more info.

UPCOMING-Accumulator, West Cork Arts Centre, 2012




Difference Engine* is an evolving touring exhibition, a model of autonomous artist curation, by artists Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge Gillian Lawler & Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung.

For Difference Engine ACCUMULATOR, at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, we are delighted to welcome Special Guest Difference Engineer, Paul Green, into the fold.

The intention of this project is to elaborate upon the dual meaning of the term jamming – in one sense ‘jamming’ signifies stasis, shock, or rupture, and in another, opposite sense, it signifies a kind of fluid and changing improvisation between players. With this in mind, the artists and their works attempt to riff off each other and the site/space of exhibition, evolving an expression of contingency, hopefully developing a meaningful correspondence and communication with each other and the visitor. The challenge today is to be concernful of our place in nature, our space, our time, our neighbour – sustaining a cognizance of the ever-presentness of the past, and the illusory image of the future.

The project of Difference Engine and its artists is one that acknowledges the challenges of our time and folds these into imaginative representations and gestures. The project concerns itself with science and the unparalleled marvels which human curiosity, perseverance and bloody-mindedness have brought into reality.  The project concerns itself also with structures, systems and architecture – all of those frequently rigid phenomena that succumb only to the trickery of time itself – and the mood, affect and influence which these human-devised meta-forms have upon human experience and behavior.

*Charles Babbage is attributed with having graced the world with what has become generically known as ‘the computer’. The motivation behind his early 19th century efforts, it seems, lay in his desire to bring into being ‘the first successful automatic calculating device to embody mathematical rule in mechanism’, thereby eliminating ‘human error’ in the tablature of numerical calculations.

The Machine would produce a uniform numerical certainty that the human could not, thereby ensuring precision & automation within the major fields of the day dependant upon the tabling of data: Astronomy, engineering, banking & insurance, navigation, construction & finance. Babbage did not live to see his Difference Engine exact it’s existence leaving the legacy of his designs in his wake he declared ‘Another age must be the Judge’*