Installation View

8 September – 21 October 2012
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Artists: Andy Best, Erin Coates, Heman Chong, Simon Faithfull, Benjamin Forster, Tony Garifalakis and Richard Lewer, Charles Lim Yi Yong, Clare Peake, Perdita Phillips, Helen Smith, Kai Syng Tan, Warren Vance and Jurek Wybraniec
Curator: Jasmin Stephens

Yonder offered a contemporary perspective on the desire that artists have always had to know ‘what’s over there’. With the notion of ‘mobility’ as the exhibition’s central idea, Yonder considered some of the poetic and pragmatic connotations associated with this strategy for investigating, taking action and day dreaming about one’s place in the world.

The artists in the exhibition referenced material, virtual and enquiry-based itineraries that reflect a diversity of approaches to propulsion and apprehension of the world. Whether working with traditional media such as paper and pigment or recent media such as digitised text, their approaches produced the effect of a route, a path or way being taken.

Short Message Service, 2012

Benjamin Forster invites speculation about the connections between objects and data in contemporary systems of thought and technology. Although the most dominant feature of this work is the transaction between viewers’ phones and the microcontroller displayed in the gallery, there are other elements to consider. They include the coding which generates and distributes the digitised text, the graphical or typographical decisions concerning what appears on the screens of viewers’ phones and the material or presentation aspect of work which can be enjoyed in the gallery. With audiences able to experience some aspect of the work anywhere in the world and forward it to others, Forster’s coding generates collective activity of a global and instantaneous nature – a characteristic arguably anticipated by precedents such as instructions in Mail Art.

During the exhibition Benjamin Forster’s work could be accessed by SMS 0434 377 980.

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( sms selection )

A selection of SMS’s sent from Short Message Service, 2012.

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