HomeSteven Cottingham

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Exhibition walkthrough
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Installation view
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State permeability state, 2021, two-channel video loop, curved lcd screens, powder coated steel, hardware, media players, cables, charred plywood, 78 x 50 x 50 in. (199 x 127 x 127 cm)
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To only invoke random variables when the chains of causation are too great to bear, 2021, body cam, ballistic gel, 18 x 9 x 9 in. (45 x 23 x 23 cm)
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Installation view
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Scramble Suit, 2021, two-channel video, audio, monitors, media players, charred plywood, 1 minute, 35 seconds, 68 x 30 x 25 in. (173 x 75 x 64 cm)
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Subhuman fever, 2021, holographic fan, gorillapods, tripod, media player, cables, flexible conduits, 62 x 18 x 18 in. (158 x 46 x 46 cm)
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1-way mirror, 2021, dash cam, ballistic gel, 38 x 34 x 19 in. (96 x 85 x 48 cm)
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Installation view
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0-way mirror, 2021, body cam, ballistic gel, 37 x 35 x 19 in. (95 x 88 x 48 cm)
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Inhuman grammar, 2021, holographic fan, tripod, media player, cables, flexible conduits, flexible duct, 50 x 83 x 81 in. (126 x 211 x 207 cm)
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Symptom of a disease not yet incubated, 2021, thermographic image on led curtain screens, media player, electronics, 98 x 95 x 5 in. (244 x 241 x 12 cm)
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Vector of a plague not yet transmitted, 2021, thermographic image on led curtain screens, media player, electronics, 100 x 92 x 5 in. (253 x 234 x 12 in.)
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Exhibition build and breakdown
This exhibition uses a variety of imaging techniques, screen formats, and camera types to consider the ways in which social relations are mediated through imagery. On one hand, images are more ‘real’ than they have ever been, each a rich source of personal biometrics, behavioural data, and algorithmic surveillance. On the other, images are manipulable by deepfake technologies and photoreal doctoring. These circumstances require us to think of imagery beyond the parameters of real or fake, and more along the lines of culture, power, and belief.