Pattison works in digital media and sculpture, exploring ways in which the virtual world meets the everyday. For this residency his new line of research is focused on the idea of transparency; how both large companies and smaller networks communicate information visibly to encourage a feeling of security among consumers. Pattison questions how this functions, interrogating the aesthetics, success and failures of transparency.
Pattison is currently working in east London’s Tech City, a technology cluster also referred to as Silicon Roundabout where workhubs like Second Home have emerged as desirable sites of shared workspace for growing creative companies. The artist is also working within London Hackspace a grassroots, community-run space for skill sharing and workshops. Pattison has identified these sites of co-production as a means to explore the politics of shared workspace and consider what a transparent approach to working together might look like.
The new website developed by Pattison, and constantly updated, will make the research generated throughout the residency available to audiences between its launch in July 2015 and April 2016. This beta-testing period will allow users open access to Pattison’s material, sketches for works and commissioned texts, all linked by the artist within a changing online landscape. The events programme, also running between July 2015 and April 2016, will include talks and workshops exploring ideas of the networked society, both immaterial and physical, and the fragility of the internet which the artist describes as ‘an architecture on the verge of collapse’.
An exhibition of work by Pattison will mark the culmination of the residency at Chisenhale Gallery in July 2016. The show will include a series of sculptures, linked through an online network and built by the artist, which expose the inner workings and complex systems of data circulation through transparent LCD screens and exposed circuit boards. These sculptures will be deployed at a number of sites including Second Home during the residency.
Enquire to Annotate will be launched at a special event at Second Home in east London on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm. It will include a presentation by Pattison, which will mirror the aesthetics and format often used by major software developers and tech innovators.