Database Imaginary

Nov. 14, 2004 - Jan. 23, 2005

Banff Centre

Co-curated by Sarah Cook, Steve Dietz, and Anthony Kiendl Database Imaginary explores artwork and emerging cultural forms by artists who use databases to comment on their uses and to imagine unknown uses. The exhibition contains 23 projects by 33 visual artists from around the world including Hans Haacke, Antonio Muntadas, Edward Poitras, Lisa Jevbratt, and Thomson & Craighead, working in all media, from wooden sculpture to interactive mobile phone-generated field guides.

Works Shown

How I Learned

2002, Sculpture with electronics

This project asks, if everything you knew came from the TV show Kung Fu, what would you know? The original programme is broken down shot by shot and entered into a database. Each clip is categorized by the artists according to lessons that it might teach a viewer. The lessons fall into four categories, ‘How I Learned About Religion’, ‘’How I Learned About Filmmaking’, ‘How I Learned About Society’, and ‘How I Learned About Capitalism.’