Rewire Programme

The full Rewire programme is available here:

For part 1

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When planning your trip to the UK for Rewire, you might want to come early and take into account the opportunity to see these exhibitions which close  in September. We’ll release a list of exhibitions on view at the same time as Rewire in a few weeks.

Rewire Exhibitions

AND FESTIVAL 2011 – Abandon Normal Devices
:  Oh ye of little faith!

1st September 2011 to 2nd October 2011

Various Venues, Liverpool, Manchester & region


A catalyst for production and experimentation, AND is a call to arms inviting anarchists of the imagination to propose striking perspectives on normality.

For 2011, the focus is belief as we entertain an era of scepticism, and gullibility where believing nothing is inextricably linked with believing everything. Turning techno-mysticism on high, the festival will bring forces both animal and algorithmic to encourage audiences to question their beliefs, with transcendental provocations from virtual infiltrators and trending prophets – we situate mind-altering art alongside a shrine for the cult and new cinema.

Proceedings will start in September and culminate in an almighty cerebration in Liverpool between the 29th September- 02 October – to coincide with Rewire.

Q.E.D comes from the Latin ‘Quod Erat Demonstrandum’
28th September 2011 to 2nd October 2011
LJMU Art & Design Academy , Duckinfield Street , Liverpool, L3 5YD

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Q.E.D comes from the Latin ‘Quod Erat Demonstrandum’ meaning what was to have been demonstrated or what was required to be proved.

Including art by robots for robots, visions of outer space, and diagrams for mechanical copulation, Q.E.D. is an exhibition with something of a scientific twist. Featuring a diverse group of international artists, the exhibition exposes artistic and scientific processes to examine the unquestioning faith we place in documentation. The result is a challenge to the assumption that you can know something by simply looking at a model or representation of it.

The exhibition includes works by:
Michel de Broin, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Sascha Pohflepp, Ulrike Kubatta, Scott Rogers and Trent Noble, Axel Straschnoy, Ben Brown, Garth Zeglin, Geoff Gordon, Iheanyi Umez-Eronini, Marek Michalowski, Paul Serri, Sue Ann Hong, and Piritta Puhto; Norman White and Laura Kikuaka; and Joe Winter.

Q.E.D is part of Rewire, the Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology.

Supported by CRUMB and the University of Sunderland.

Robedevco: Roboshow Reboot

28th September – 30th September

LJMU Art and Design Academy

In the mid-80s a group of multi-skilled people came together as QNet to develop new systems to realise the Robshow, catalysed by charismatic maverick Patrick Martin. A substantial archive exists that charts the evolution of the Roboshow: starting with the early ‘Vidzine’ music video/video art magazine produced by Patrick Martin and Doobie Eylath in 1982; culminating in ‘TV Fetish’, shown on BBC2 and later toured as a multi-screen show. The mobile Techno-cab prototype and ‘Q’ the interactive robot were then built to raise funds and test the immersive visual music experience. £750,000 was subsequently raised in 1986, and Robodevco Ltd was formed to develop the Roboshow, a system using spacial sound and multi-screen vision to fully immerse the audience.  A test pilot was produced and received rave reviews from the press. Spin-offs emerged as technologies and ideas developed. Use in the arts, music and commercial arenas followed, including: collaborations with the likes of Nam June Paik, Jim Whiting, Paul McCartney, The Cure; and installations at the Atlanta Olympics, London Planetarium, Millennium Dome, Seville Expo, V&A and nightclubs/cinemas around the world.

This collaborative projection by a group of the original participants encompasses ideas of robotics, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, mind, technology; and the relationships of multimedia art to industry, technology and investment both then and now. The project archive will be exhibited at the Art and Design Academy’s public spaces for the duration of the conference.

Exhibitions that finish before Rewire – 28-30 September 2011

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

15 June 2011 – 11 September 2011

Barbican Art Gallery, London


In 1911, American cartoonist and animator, Winsor McCay prefaced his short film Little Nemo with the invitation to ‘Watch Me Move’, introducing a cast of colourful characters in a playful promenade. A century later, animation is one of the most popular and prevalent of visual art forms.

Tracing the history of animation over the last 150 years, Watch Me Move: The Animation Show brings together for the first time, over one hundred films by contemporary artists, cut-out, collage, puppet, clay and stop-motion animators, auteur filmmakers and exponents of experimental film alongside the creative output of the commercial studios.


Michelangelo Pistoletto 
The Mirror of Judgement

12 July – 17 September 2011

Serpentine Gallery, London


Michelangelo Pistoletto is one of the pre-eminent contemporary artists working today. Born in Biella, Italy, in 1933, Pistoletto was a leading figure in the development of both Arte Povera and conceptual art. He began as a painter in the mid-1950s, and in the 1960s received critical acclaim for his series of Mirror Paintings. These works broke down the traditional notions of figurative art, reflecting their surroundings and the viewer as a part of the image, linking art and life in an ever-changing spectacle.


Art and Science: Merging Art and Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement

8 July – 24 September 2011

GV Art Gallery, 49 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 6LY


Science is changing our world and our lives at an ever-increasing rate. But today artists are bringing science out of the laboratory.

Once art and science seemed diametrically opposite; but these days some of the most innovative artists are fusing art and science to create a brand new art movement inspired by science. Striving to visualise the invisible and what it must mean to be human in the future, they create images and objects of stunning beauty, redefining the notion of aesthetic and of what is meant by art.


David Askevold: The Disorientation Scientist

22 July 2011 – 25 September 2011

Camden Arts Centre, London


This summer we present the first UK solo exhibition of work by Canadian artist, David Askevold. From the end of the 1960s to his death in 2008, Askevold was a pioneer in experimental video, sound, photography and text and an influential teacher at some of America’s most celebrated art schools. This survey of his work brings together seminal pieces from the 1970s, his most important installations, documentation of performances and collaborative works he made with artists Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler.

“I have at times thought of David’s work as being a kind of structuralist take on Kenneth Anger’s psychosexual film rituals. Can delirium, while being experienced, be analysed? Wouldn’t doing so disrupt delirium’s seductive, mysterious qualities? Well, Askevold seemed to have his cake and eat it, too. He was a disorientation scientist.” 
Mike Kelley


Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911

24 June 2011 – 25 September 2011

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


‘Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911’ is an exploration of a ground-breaking exhibition held in Liverpool in 1911 which displayed international Post-Impressionist artworks alongside local avant-garde artists.

Featuring work by van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin and Signac, ‘Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911’ looks at the relationship between the pioneering exhibition 100 years ago and Liverpool’s radicalism.


Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters

29 June – 25 September 2011

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London


A unique exploration of contemporary artist Cy Twombly (April 25 1928 – 5 July 2011) and 17th century classical painter Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665). This exhibition will look at these two figures side by side for the first time.

Separated by three centuries the two artists nonetheless share remarkable similarities. The connections are highlighted through the key themes of Arcadia and the pastoral, Venus and Eros, anxiety and theatricality and mythological figures that are central to both artists’ work.


Robert Breer

11 June 2011 – 25 September 2011

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle


Spanning BALTIC’s Level 3 and Level 4 Galleries, this major exhibition of American artist Robert Breer brings together his paintings, ground-breaking films and radical sculptures from the last 60 years. Considered one of the most influential animator/film-makers in history, this is the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date.


Exhibitions current during Rewire

Scenocosme: Alsos* & Akousmaflore

Watermans Gallery, Brentford, West London

6 July – 30 September 2011


Scenocosme create hybrids between plants and digital technology. Plants are natural sensors and are sensitive to various energy flows. The artists use digital technologies to establish a relationship between plants and sound and enable audience gestures and movements to generate sound effects and changes in their interactive environments resulting in a random musical universe.

Alsos* is an immersive little forest installation where the audience is guided by a luminous stony path penetrating into a space plunged into darkness. Visitors can discover and explore this fantastic forest by pointing torches onto the branches, the plants and flowers. At the heart of the installation lies an extraordinary vegetation of luminescent flowers.

Akousmaflore is a small interactive garden composed of living musical plants which react to human gestures and light contact. Each plant reacts in a different way to contact or heat by producing a specific sound. The plant language occurs through touch and the close proximity of the spectator. Our invisible electrical aura acts on the plant branches and encourages them to react. The plants sing when the audience pass closely or lightly stroke them. A plant concert is created.


Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century

Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi

30 June – 2 October 2011

Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Art, London


Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkácsi each left Hungary to make their names in Germany, France and the USA, and are now known for the profound changes they brought about in photojournalism, as well as abstract, fashion and art photography.

Others, such as Károly Escher, Rudolf Balogh and Jószef Pécsi remained in Hungary producing high-quality and innovatory photography. A display of approximately two hundred photographs ranging in date from c.1914–c.1989 will explore stylistic developments in photography and chart key historical events. These striking images will reveal the achievements of Hungarian photographers who left such an enduring legacy to international photography.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU 2011


René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle

24 June – 16 October 2011

Tate Liverpool


René Magritte (1898–1967) is one of the most revered and popular artists of the 20th century. This summer, Tate Liverpool presents René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, the biggest exhibition of the Belgian surrealist’s work in England for twenty years.

Renowned for witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings, Magritte’s art plays with the idea of reality and illusion.


Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air

28 June 2011 – 16 October 2011

The Curve Gallery, Barbican, London


Internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the pioneering architects of his generation. Working between the spheres of architecture and art, Ishigami redefines the aesthetics of minimalism by playing with perception, materials and scale.


Herbert Morrison: The Cockney Socialist

26 July 2011 – 18 March 2012

The National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, 
London WC2H 0HE


This display explores the portrait imagery associated with Herbert Morrison (1888-1965), one of the key political figures of the mid-twentieth century, who helped engineer the emergence of the Labour Party as a leading parliamentary force. Taking as its theme the idea that Morrison’s political character was defined by his reputation as an archetypal Londoner, the display looks at how his public profile and political persona were similarly shaped by his cockney identity.


Darrell Viner: Early Work

28th July 2011 – 30th October 2011

Sculpture Study Galleries, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds


Darrell Viner (1947 – 2001) was a pioneer in the field of computer art. He originally turned to computers to pursue his interest in movement and animation and went on to apply the technology to kinetic and interactive sculpture.

Darrell Viner: Early Work focuses on Viner’s experimental work at the Slade School of Art in the mid-1970s and celebrates the recent acquisition to the Leeds Museum & Galleries Sculpture Collection of a series of his computer drawings from this period. Created with a pen plotter, which Viner regarded as a pliable drawing tool, the images have a remarkable hand-drawn quality. The artist described them as a ‘journey in mark making’.


Mariah Robertson

25 June 2011 – 30 October 2011

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle


Highly aware of our technology-saturated world, New York-based Mariah Robertson bridges photography, painting, film and sculpture with images that, at first, hark back to the slower, semi-pre-digital arena of her youth. Working in a darkroom using analogue techniques now in their demise, Robertson manipulates photographic materials to reveal their strengths and fallibilities. Her hands-on approach sees chemical mishaps ‘paint’ the photographic surface, and an array of objects exposed directly on the paper or obstructing the enlarger.


Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

17 September – 11 December 2011

In the Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Art, London


In the autumn of 2011 the Royal Academy of Arts will stage a landmark exhibition focusing on Edgar Degas’s preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement will trace the development of the artist’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years.

The exhibition will be the first to present Degas’s progressive engagement with the figure in movement in the context of parallel advances in photography and early film; indeed, the artist was keenly aware of these technological developments and often directly involved with them.



16 May 2011 – 31 March 2012

Tate Modern, London


Diane Arbus (1923–71) is acknowledged as one of the great figures of American photography who fixed remarkable images of contemporary life. Her sympathy for her subjects exposed the variety and complexity of the human condition. This three-room display is drawn from ARTIST ROOMS. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with the Art Fund – the fundraising charity for works of art, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK.


Rothko in Britain

9 September 2011 – 26 February 2012

Whitechapel Gallery, London


In 1961 the Whitechapel Gallery held the first solo show of American artist Mark Rothko in Britain. This now iconic exhibition is brought vividly to life through the Gallery’s archives of original photographs and letters from the artist shown alongside Rothko’s painting Light Red Over Black (1957), the first work by Rothko to be bought by a British public collection, and material from other archives never exhibited before.


Flashback: Anish Kapoor

4 August – 9 October 2011

Edinburgh College of Art


Anish Kapoor’s sensual and beguiling sculptures are created using a range of materials including pigment, stone, polished stainless steel and wax. Following on from the critical acclaim of his show at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2009, this Flashback exhibition gives an opportunity to explore Kapoor’s earlier works from the Arts Council Collection alongside major sculptures on loan from the artist and from other UK collections. This is the first survey of Kapoor’s work to be held in the UK, outside of London.

A part of the Edinburgh Festival 2011 – http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/2011/


Mystics or Rationalists?

11 August – 29 October 2011

Ingleby Gallery, 15 Calton Road
, Edinburgh 
EH8 8DL, 


It is 40 years since Sol LeWitt published his famous Sentences on Conceptual Art: a sequence of 35 statements that defined personal parameters for the making and understanding of conceptual art. Sentence number one provides the title and inspiration for Ingleby Gallery’s exhibition for the 2011 Edinburgh Art Festival, an exhibition that presents the work of nine artists whose work invites the viewer to make the leap between idea and object.

Featuring work by: Susan Collis, Iran do Espírito Santo, Ceal Floyer, Susan Hiller, Jeremy Millar, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson, Simon Starling and Cerith Wyn Evans.

A part of the Edinburgh Festival 2011 – http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/2011/


Robert Rauschenberg – Botanical Vaudeville

27 July – 2 Oct 2011

Inverleith House, Edinburgh


The American artist Jasper Johns (B.1935) once said of Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) that he had invented more than any artist since Picasso. Rauschenberg has altered the cultural landscape and continues to exert a profound influence on contemporary artists. Robert Rauschenbeg: Botanical Vaudeville is the first museum exhibition devoted to the artist to take place in the UK in thirty years – and it features thirty seven works made between 1982 and 1998.

During this time, Rauschenberg was exploring the reflective, textural, sculptural and thematic effects of metal, glass and other reflective surfaces in several series of works. All are represented here, and the paintings and sculptures on display vary from the highly-polished glamorous metallic works from the Shiner and Borealis series that celebrate energy and motion, to the Kabal American Zephyr and Gluts series which represent Rauschenberg’s fascination with the discarded object. He once stated: I think painting is more like the real world when it is made out of the real world. These works in particular benefit from being shown in natural light which is such a feature of exhibitions at Inverleith House, revealing their true colour – enhanced by multiple reflections of the viewer and the Garden which became part of the work.

A part of the Edinburgh Festival 2011 – http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/2011/


Interactive Art Systems – An Exhibition by Sean Clark

22 August – 28 October 2011

Interact Gallery at Fabrika, 68 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 3PL


For the first exhibition at the new Interact Gallery at Fabrika, Sean Clark will be showing new work produced in his new ‘Interactive Art Systems’ series. The exhibition will consist of four major pieces. One Living Thing is a fast-moving interactive artwork that combines the viewers’ movements with images of nature and natural systems; Dropsketch is a dynamic collage of drawings that you can contribute to via a free iPhone App; Memory Place is a contemplative environment containing ghost-like visitors; and Moving Pictures is a collection of responsive images that evolve according to changes in the gallery environment.


Asia Triennial Manchester 11

1 October – 
27 November 2011

Various Venues, Manchester


Asia Triennial Manchester 11 (ATM11), initiated and led by Shisha, is a festival of visual culture that features a series of exhibitions, commissions and interventions by international and UK artists exploring the theme of Time and Generation, presenting new site-specific work alongside work not seen before in the UK, and challenging stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.

The artistic vision for ATM11 looks at one of the most important stories of our time: the migration of peoples from one place to other parts of the world. This continuous movement of people has radically changed our demographics, giving rise to new politics of identity focused on place, territory, belonging, global economic changes and community.


Brighton Digital Festival – A month long celebration of digital culture

01-30 September 2011

Various venues, Brighton, SE England