The And Or project (&/) is a research group and digital exhibition space, reimagining the relationship between art, interpretation, exhibition, and theory. We are a collective of three: artist, art writer and art historian. Instead of being guests in each other’s domains, we have generated a collaborative space. &/ is both an online exhibition project and itself an investigatory work, inviting collaborators and commissioned contributors to critically experiment with the internet and reconsider the interaction between printed matter and new media art. We launched our online exhibition space in February 2014. We present an annual exhibition in collaboration with artists, art writers and web designers. &/ is Sarah Archino, Siofra McSherry and Isabella Streffen.
⌘A⌘C⌘N⌘V⌘S: Molly Morin and Nia Davies
20 February 2014 – 31st May 2014
In Command Plus, our inaugural show, we brought together art, text, poetry and design by a web of collaborators, Molly Morin, Nia Davis, Nora O’ Murchú and Alice Poulalian, creating a cycle of work and response that confounded the distinction between text and image. This mingling becomes especially potent in this online space, where images and text must first be transformed into code in order to populate a virtual, visual space.
Molly Morin makes artwork based on information in a broad range of digital and analog formats. She is also an assistant professor of art at Weber State University happy to be living along the Wasatch Front in Ogden, UT.
Nia Davies’ first pamphlet of poems Then Spree came out from Salt in 2012. Her current projects include collaborations with other poets and artists and co-editing the online journal Poems in Which and Solidarity Park Poetry – poems for #ResisTurkey. She is the editor of Poetry Wales.
Nora O’ Murchú is a new media art curator, and designer. She curates, designs, organises, produces events, exhibitions, gigs and talks at the intersection of art, technology and design. She likes the Internet.
Alice Poulalion is a programmer, coming from art school. She has a new favourite piece of code every day.
Pacific Binaries: Anja Schaffner
December 21 2015 – March 20 2016
For their second online exhibition, the And Or project editors present a photographic series on Los Angeles by Berlin-based artist Anja Schaffner. The web-based show features new writing from Alison J. Carr, Roddy Lumsden, Monica Steinberg and Isabella Streffen, which responds to and reflects on the photographs and the imagined Los Angeles they invoke.
Schaffner’s images capture delicate mundanities within the car-centric megalopolis of Los Angeles. She doesn’t learn to drive in order to read L.A. in the original, or dwell on the ecology of fear, or mine the history of forgetting; instead, she seeks out slow moments of beauty, nostalgia and fiction. These images document the last days of iconic Angeleno twilight, prior to the city’s shift to more environmentally-friendly white LEDs. Isabella Streffen tells us some stories about light and its myths in twenty tweetable microfictions.
Carr’s love letter to the city and its encounters marks the transformation from analogue to digital in considering whether such transitions are less problematic for photographers emerging since the 2000s. Schaffner shoots exclusively in traditional film, and her images prompt a longing for the tangibility of traditional photographs, or perhaps for the marker of difference between two modes, so that such a distinction may regain importance.
A new poem from Roddy Lumsden merges remembered song lyrics with the appreciation of quiet moment between two cats on a windowsill, settling into a space that is neither quite memory nor description. Monica Steinberg’s backwards glance meditates on the means of survival in such a tenuous society, and Schaffner’s analogue strategy.
These paradoxes echo the tensions of hosting an exhibition driven thematically by location, existing in the non-place of digital and coordinated by global participants from outside the site. The exhibition probes issues of parafictionality, analogue vs. digital, placelessness, and the meaning of light, opening up the space of an imaginary and re- imagined Los Angeles.