SPACE Media Arts is pleased to announce the commissioning of four new artworks focussed on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology by artist collectives C6, boredomresearch, Processing Plant (Louis Philippe Demers and Philippe Jean), and Mute-Dialogue (Yasser Rashid and Yara El-Sherbini).
Even if you don’t know what a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag is, you’ve probably used one, whether it’s at your local grocery store checkout, using an Oyster Card or in your passport at the airport. RFID is the barcode of the future. The tags can be read through radio waves without any contact and, potentially, without your knowledge. With widespread adoption across many commercial and public industries, RFID is set to shape societies of the future.
Through these commissions, SPACE Media Arts is encouraging artists, technologists and ‘end-users’ to explore RFID technology from alternative perspectives. These works, along with a site-specific Oyster Card performance by artist Paula Roush, will be exhibited in //Tagged//, opening at SPACE on 5 October and running through to 18 October 2006. A newly-commissioned text by Armin Medosch will accompany the exhibition.
For more information, contact Heather Corcoran on +44 (0)208 525 4339 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REALSNAILMAIL is a project in development by *boredomresearch*, employing RFID technology to enable real snails to carry and deliver electronic messages. Is there a place in our speed obsessed lives for a service that takes time?
iTAG by *Processing Plant* is an ironic statement about the electronic pollution that surrounds us – a portable device that reads RFID tags from surrounding products and generates ambient musak inspired from this collected data.
*Mute-Dialogue* will create an interactive installation exploring tagged objects and their histories in ORIGINS AND LEMONS. The project subtly critiques the use of technology to access histories, and asks how we know the world we live in through interactions with material objects.
*C6* will implement RFID technology in the ANTISYSTEMIC DISTRIBUTED LIBRARY PROJECT, an alternative distributed library of community shared books, videos, and music. With institutional libraries acting as one of the earliest adopters of RFID technology, how does RFID fit in with more radical ideas of librarianship? And what are the radical politics of RFID itself?
PACE Media Arts is at 129 – 131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 4AA