Accumulator II-Oriel Myrddin, Wales, 2013

Difference Engine: Accumulator II

Oriel Myrddin Gallery
Carmarthen Wales

23 February – 23 March 2013

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“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.

OPENING:

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

“JAMMING IS A FORM OF ERROR DETECTION” CHARLES BABBAGE

 

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’*

MANIFESTATION V-SOMA, Waterford, 2011

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October 28 – December 3 2011

Difference Engine: Manifestation V opens in SOMA on Friday October 28. Reception will be held at 7:00pm.

Jamming is a form of error detection‘ Charles Babbage

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

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 times 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.

The visitor steps through Difference Engine and off into their own imaginative time and space, folding the experience into their personal stories of the world.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Exhibition continues until December 3. The Gallery is open Thursday – Saturday, 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm and also by appointment. Admission is free. The Gallery is located at 6 Lombard Street, Waterford city. Contact: SOMAwaterford@gmail.com. Visit: www.SOMAcontemporary.com


SOMA Contemporary
6 Lombard Street
Waterford City
www.somacontemporary.com


Manifestation IV

Difference Engine – Manifestation IV

Wexford Arts Centre

13th August – 8th October 2011

Artists: Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Jessica Foley, Mark Cullen and Gordon Cheung

Difference Engine is a model of independent artist curation and is a productive collaboration between artists Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Jessica Foley, Mark Cullen & Gordon Cheung.

The intention of the Difference Engine project and its manifestations from one venue to another, is to elaborate upon the dual meaning of the term jamming – in one sense it signifies stasis or rupture, and in another, opposite sense, it signifies a kind of fluid and shifting improvisation between players. Difference Engine is modeled on the understanding that the exhibition is a site where meanings can be generated, ideas tested through experiments in form and display.

For each exhibition, the artists, through their works, must rearticulate themselves or risk stasis. Difference Engine, then, is a shifting entity of moving and fluctuating parts; the artists and their works influence each other as does the exhibition space, evolving a language of contingency, yet maintaining a fidelity to the individual perspectives and expressions of each artist.

Their current exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre presents works which attempt to ask the audience of their relationship to and connection with realities and fictions of globalization and capitalism, issues of urbanization and land usage, and perceptions of science and technology.

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(Images, above, from the current show will be updated over the coming days & weeks)

The exhibition will run in the upper and lower galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Saturday 13th August to Saturday 8th October, 2011. For further information on the exhibition or artists please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Art Manager, Wexford Arts Centre on 053 9123764 or email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

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MANIFESTATION III Opening June 10th

Thisisnotashop:The Lighthouse Project presents:

DIFFERENCE ENGINE MANIFESTATION III

VENUE

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, New York City

DATES & TIMES

June 10- 18, 2011 open daily 3.30pm-7pm, Opening: Friday, June 10 7-11pm, (BLOODYENDS live at 9.30pm)

Curated by Jessamyn Fiore and Victoria Keddie

Direct from Ireland, Difference Engine is an evolving serial exhibition, and a model of autonomous artist curation, by artists Gillian Lawler, Wendy Judge, Jessica Foley, Mark Cullen & Gordon Cheung. Each Manifestation of Difference Engine is based upon an ongoing collaboration, a kind of ‘Jamming’, between the artists. The result yields engaging experimental exhibitions combining installation, video, painting, sculpture and writing.

MANIFESTATION III will also see the first articulation of D.E. Chronicles, a serialized publication to accompany (but not represent) the Difference Engine exhibitions. D.E. Chronicles: Episode.

Difference Engine:MANIFESTATION III will include a program of live readings and performance, featuring the Irish band BLOODYENDS, and workshops by the artists will run concurrently, promoting audience engagement and creative response.  A night of auditory performances by New York based artists in response to Difference Engine will conclude the show.

Saturday June 11- Sun June 12 : Artist Workshop led by Jessica Foley & Jessamyn Fiore.


Wednesday June 15:
The Literary Event: an evening of live readings featuring Irish authors curated by Belinda McKeon. 6.30pm-9pm.

Friday June 17 : The Closing Event: An Audible Response

New York artists respond to Difference Engine through live text, story telling, sound, performance and music. 7pm-10.30pm. With Rachelle Rahme, Sarah Halpern, Zac Layton, Dana Bell, and more! This exhibition is part of Thisisnotashop: The Lighthouse Project, a series that presents contemporary Irish art in New York City and promotes cross cultural creative exchange and collaboration curated by Jessamyn Fiore and Victoria Keddie. This exhibition is generously supported by Culture Ireland and is a part of Imagine Ireland 2011

The CSV Cultural Center is located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington Street and Delancey Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. By train: Take the F train to Delancey Street or J , M , or Z to Essex Street. Walk to Suffolk Street, make a left.

Telephone: Sean Flanigan, CSV Facility Manager  (212) 2604080

Email: Light8house@gmail.comjessamyn@thisisnotashop.com

Proudly sponsored by Culture Ireland, Thisisnotashop and the Lighthouse Project.

 

MANIFESTATION III @ CSV New York, New York

Difference Engine supported by Culture Ireland & Imagine Ireland

thisisnotashop: The Lighthouse Project presents Difference Engine: MANIFESTATION III at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Centre, New York City, 10 – 18th June 2011.

Difference Engine: MANIFESTATION III exhibits a tendency to fictionalize, seemingly squinting at reality through a half-cocked eye. The works establish a gravitational system of sorts between them, pulling the visitor in to their stories and forms…
A program of live performance, including BLOODYENDS, and workshops will run concurrently promoting audience engagement and creative response to the ideas presented. This exhibition is part of Thisisnotashop: The Lighthouse Project, a series that presents contemporary Irish art in New York City and promotes cross cultural creative exchange and collaboration.

Supported by Culture Ireland/Imagine Ireland 2011