Dissent as an iPhone App, the exhibition curated by Àngels Miralda currently on show at Arebyte Gallery, explores the relationship between critique as a process-based practice and the intersection between user-generated content, branding and advertising space, and behavioural psychology applied to economy.
The app is imagined as a multi-layered solution to the online exhibition format. It attempts to provide a participatory critical platform where audience members can engage with the exhibition. It exists online but via a physical space and series of events, overlapping the virtual platform with a physical space. It relies on user-generated content to complete the exhibition. The opening is used as a launch for the beginning of a project, at the end of which, all participants will be credited.
The title of the exhibition comes from Joshua Decter’s Art is a Problem. The exhibition also attempts to negotiate how artists stand within critique of the art system while remaining within it, and how its contradictions allow a unique space for doubt and dissent.“Doubt and skepticism are infinitely marketable. It’s a truism that criticality and/or criticism is perpetually in crisis, and that dissent can be recuperated for other applications; eg. Dissent as an iPhone app.” – Joshua Decter, Art is a Problem, JRP Ringier & Les Presses du Reel, 2013 (from the press release)
Dissent as an iPhone App/, curated by Àngels Miralda. Artists: Débora Delmar Corp, Daniel Keller, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Ella Plevin, Arebyte Gallery, London, 19.03 – 16.04, 6-9p.m.,
(cover 1) Dissent as an iPhone App, Samundur, courtesy Arebyte Gallery (2) Dissent as an iPhone App, courtesy Arebyte Gallery