Wednesday, March 16, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Spam, hacks, and rogue wifi from Graham Parker


Graham Parker: The Confidence Man
March 21 – April 30, 2011

In this collection of projects by New York-based artist Graham Parker, new film and audio work, made by the artist while in residence at EMPAC in spring 2010, is shown alongside a series of alterations to the building's environment that range from the theatrical to the virtually invisible.

Parker has long been interested in spectrality—the concealing of one set of operations behind the appearance of another. His 2009 book Fair Use (Notes from Spam) explored spam emails as the latest manifestation of a longstanding mode of deception that has accompanied nearly all new developments in human transport and communication networks (the book touched on such phenomena as Nigerian spam, 19th century railroad cons and medieval beggar gangs). The Confidence Man features work that has grown out of that research—including hacked ATM machines, rogue WIFI networks, monologues drawn from spam emails and a tribute to the 1973 film The Sting.

The Flitter
The Flitter (2010)
hacked atms
Abe North (2009)
68.1.0 (2008 - )
Visit Graham onsite
March 21 – April 8, 2011

For the first three weeks of the exhibition the artist will be working in the space for a few hours each day, using the exhibition as a studio and making ongoing alterations to the installation. Parker will be available for conversations with the public on a drop-in basis if he is onsite. To book or confirm a tour or conversation with the artist, please contact the EMPAC box office at 518.276.3921.

The Pass
The Pass (2009)

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