In The Sprawl, the screen is presented as an active participant
In The Sprawl, the screen is presented as an active participant

THE SPRAWL AT YBCA

GEOPOLITICS, PROPAGANDA AND THE INTERNET


18 DECEMBER 2015 – 3 APRIL 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, USA


AN IMMERSIVE VIDEO EXHIBITION


For their exhibition at YBCA, Amsterdam-based design and research studio Metahaven debut the first gallery presentation of their new moving image project The Sprawl, co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space.

'Media offline', a still from The Sprawl
'Media offline', a still from The Sprawl

In an immersive video installation that explores the mutation of propaganda in the age of social media, the project investigates the recent Ebola outbreak, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and the rise of ISIS through the internet and traditional news media.

Unlike previous eras, where the state continuously enforces one consistent message to the public, the example of these three crises reveals how propaganda now exists within a horizontal field of instant, multiple messages. Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven uses graphic design, internet activism and moving image production as a means to investigate existing commercial and political power structures.

The Sprawl is the fourth collaboration between Lighthouse and Metahaven. In 2014 Metahaven directed the Lighthouse co-produced music videos for HOME and INTERFERENCE by Holly Herndon, and designed the visual identity of our international drone exhibition A screaming comes across the sky, for which it also made a new artwork. Co-founder Daniel van der Velden also featured as a guest speaker at Lighthouse’s Improving Reality in 2014 and The Long Progress Bar in 2015.

The Sprawl will officially launch online in 2016.

EXHIBITION DETAILS
Venue: YBCA (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), San Francisco, US
Date: 18 December 2015 – 3 April 2016
Please see the YBCA website for opening times and entry costs.

The Sprawl is co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space, and is one of four winning projects selected for the first Open Call by The Space – a joint BBC and Arts Council England commissioning body supporting art that employs technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

The project was funded by The Space and supported with a contribution from the non-fiction Transmedia scheme, a joint initiative between Nederlands Filmfonds, Mediafonds and Creative Industries Fund NL.


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