Blast Theory’s “2097: We Made Ourselves Over” (UK)

    Blast Theory  is a Portslade (UK)-based artists’ group, whose work mixes interactive media, digital broadcasting and live performance.

    Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of interactive art to explore social and political questions, placing audience members at the centre of work.

    The group was founded in 1991 by Matt Adams, Niki Jewett, Will Kittow and Ju Row Farr.

    The group is currently led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj. Other members include the film maker John Hardwick and performer Jamie Iddon.

    Combining film, live performance and digital work, “2097: We Made Ourselves Over” is offering the citizens of Hull and Aarhus a SF vision of what life might be like in their cities in 80 years.

    Habitation pods and locust farms, brought to life with special effects, are only the half of it.

    Over its history, Blast Theory‘s work has explored interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology through a multitude of forms – using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies.”

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    Currently based at their studios in Portslade, Blast Theory tours nationally and internationally, working with a number of Associate Artists on different projects.

    The group has collaborated with The University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab since 1998.

    Works created collaboratively with the MRL include “Desert Rain” (1999), “Can You See Me Now?” (2001) and “Rider Spoke” (2007).

    Blast Theory‘s work has been shown at NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Biennale, National Museum in Taiwan, Hebbel Theater in Berlin, Basel Art Fair, Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Sónar Festival in Barcelona.

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    Recent commissions include “You Get Me” (2008) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Deloitte Ignite ’08, and “Ulrike and Eamon Compliant” (2009) for the De La Warr Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

    In 2015 the group launched Karen, an app that psychologically profiles the user.

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    Blast Theory’s artists describe their work as collaborative and interdisciplinary.

    With early works such as “Gunmen Kill Three” (1991) and “Chemical Wedding” (1994) fitting more in the category of live and performance art, “Desert Rain” (1999) saw a shift towards work that aims to question performativity, site and presence.

    Works such as “Can You See Me Now?” (2001), a game of chase through real and virtual city streets, have seen Blast Theory mix video games and performance, with “Can You See Me Now?” and “You Get Me” (2008) being open to a worldwide audience via the internet.

    Recent work uses mobile technologies such as text messaging, MMS messaging and 3G phones with the aim of “exploring how technology might be considered to create new cultural spaces in which the work is customised and personalised for each participant”.

    Notable works

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    2015 – Karen
    2009- Urike and Eamon Compliant
    2008-Flypad, You Get Me
    2007-Rider Spoke
    2006-Soft Message, Day of the Figurines
    2005- Single Story Building, Tate Online
    2004-Energy Gallery, The Science Museum, Light Square, I Like Frank
    2003-Uncle Roy All Around You
    2001-Can You See Me Now? – Installation
    2002-Stay Home Read, Single Story Building, TRUCOLD
    2001-Viewfinder, Can You See Me Now?, An Explicit Volume
    2000-Choreographic Cops in a Complicated World, Sidetracks : Light Sleeper & Body Chemistry IV
    1999-Desert Rain, 10 Backwards, Route 12:36
    1998-Kidnap, Architecture Foundation, Atomic Installation
    1997-Safehouse, Invisible Bullets (video), Atomic Performance, Blipvert, C’mon Baby, Fight! Fight! Fight!, Ultrapure
    1996-Something American, Internal Ammunition
    1995-The Gilt Remake
    1994-Invisible Bullets, Stampede
    1992-Chemical Wedding
    1991-Gunmen Kill Three

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    2097: We Made Ourselves Over” takes place in Hull (UK) throughout October, and launches in Aarhus (Danemark) on 30 October 2017.


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