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Yuri Pattison

Architectures of Credibility

May 2 to June 20, 2015
Potsdamer Str. 97, 10785 Berlin

Yuri Pattison (born 1986) is an Irish multimedia artist who explores how the virtual world permeates material reality.
For the exhibition “Architectures of Credibility”, Pattison will present new works detailing the symbolic erasure and destruction of data in relation to recent and historic events. The show explores the anxieties experienced in our relationship with the amorphous shadow of the digital.
The exhibition title “Architectures of Credibility” is a reference to Lawrence Lessig’s theory on how cyberculture establishes identity and credibility.

The artist has recently participated in “The Future of Memory” at Kunsthalle Wien (Austria) and will be part of the exhibition “The Weight of Data” at the Tate Britain in London and “The British Art Show” in Leeds (UK) this year.

“That awkward moment you realise that your files are still on the hard drive even though it’s broken and has been rendered useless to you. Someone else, not you, probably the repair person you trusted to retrieve the files to put them on a functional drive can and likely has accessed them. Maybe they’ve even resold your old hard drive for its parts and now someone else has access. They (quite literally if you think about it) have the keys. Room 1014, Mira Hotel, Hong Kong. Edward Snowden is sequestered in a room after revealing to the world he has access to all of our files, with the support of the US Government. He has given the evidence to a filmmaker, a journalist for the UK based Guardian and subsequently to Wikileaks, an international organisation that safe-keeps highly sensitive leaked information. Under forced instruction by GCHQ (the UK Government) the Guardian destroys all materials in their possession related to the leak. Now we are all implicated in the politicised internet. Yuri Pattison’s first solo exhibition at H.M. Klosterfelde points to the clumsiness of this digital media, its brutal dependence on the physical (especially under the command of unseen human hands). Woven through the space is the repositioned detritus of the parts and acts that lead the viewer to this very point in recent history- a Wikileaks server, a thumb-print jabbed motherboard, an image of the world as seen from a chatroom and perhaps most poignantly, a “How To” to this data’s destruction. These are blueprints for a new kind of architecture. This is Architecture of Credibility.”

Text by Etiennette Seynaeve
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