THE HIVE MIND
Curated by Ella Fleck and Tabitha Steinberg
1 September 2017 – 22 September 2017
Private View: 1st September 2017, 6-9pm
The Koppel Project Hive
Bora Akinciturk | Iain Ball & Valinia Svoronou | Das Balloon | Anne de Boer
Eloïse Bonneviot | Nicolas Deshayes | Bryan Dooley | Frances Drayson
Ed Fornieles | Cody Ledvina | Hannah Lees | Andrew Mealor | Asli Ozdemir
Claudia Pages | Eva Papamargariti | Yuri Pattison | Alex Rathbone | Jala Wahid
Hive mind (noun)
- A notional entity consisting of a large number of people who share their knowledge or opinions with one another, regarded as producing either uncritical conformity or collective intelligence.
- (in science fiction) a unified consciousness or intelligence formed by a number of alien individuals, the resulting consciousness typically exerting control over its constituent members.
In the gross place, the schizo-nest of satisfaction, I am a swarm of positive vibes. Where our individual liberalism bubbled over and folded into itself, we coalesced into me. We tripped together through an unintelligible lattice until we became stuck in a gestalt-elect. It singed our crowns together but we did not wince. Instead, we bounced facsimiles of one idea off each other’s backs – looping, infinitely. Backs joined ass cracks and ass cracks joined impressions. Impressions were impressed and impressed back into our backs. It was a net of fatty acids and wax esters. We traced all possible thoughts from this plane to that plane to his plane and her plane, until it was our plane, my plane. Our frayed wires crossed and a tip was not afraid to touch a tip. Where once a hole might have formed, it now served satisfactorily as a loop. Where once we might have found fault, we now enjoyed as healthy paradox.
Turning the hypothetical notion of a hive mind into a functioning organism, The Hive Mind is a performative installation exhibit in which artworks are curated as points in a nonlinear narrative scene. Staging a connectivity between its objects and environment, the exhibition presents a netherworld of dysfunctional apparatus and dodgy hybrids. The Hive Mind brings together artists whose work examines ideas of the system and network or resist any such categorisation.