Mediated Existence - Mediated Existence Workshop │ Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (UK) │ 2016

The Mediated Existence Workshop
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 / Sep / 2016

The Mediated Existence
The Mediated Existence project consists of three sub-projects: the “17 Seconds” installation, the Mediated Existence Workshop and the Mediated Existence Group Show. This four-month-long project – including an 8 weeks artist-in-residence with a final group exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; a workshop and another group show, both in Edinburgh, Scotland – examined how humans and their perceptions of reality become translated into Quantities (i.e. Numbers) to be processed by different computational tools.

The project attempted to understand the unspoken presumptions and intentions behind this approach”. Thereby, the term Mediated Existence points at the idea that a translation of perceptions (such as of artwork or geometrical figures) into numbers is not only a form or reduction but “mediates the existence” of the original thing in a way that it alters the thing. What is seen is not the thing, but the quantitative perspective and their presumptions in its ricochetting rebound, its mediated existence.

The Mediated Existence Workshop
In collaboration with Edinburgh University’s Art, Space and Nature program, the Mediated Existence Workshop created a possibility for art students to experience the quasi-scientific process of generating quantitative data from abstract entities. In the workshop, we generated the quantitative data to describe the relationship between two strings in a room. Based on this shared experience, we took a closer look at the relations among the measuring methods/tools, the measured objects, and the quantitative data.

With oral descriptions, a printed image and an installation in the gallery space, three different presentation methods were applied to describe the set-up of the two strings, which were installed in a room, and each string diagonally connects the corners of the room with each other.

Two measuring tapes were painted black and installed in Tent gallery. 

The participants developed methods to get quantified data from/ of the relationship of two strings in space.