Join artist Baden Pailthorpe as he discusses his current solo exhibition Clanger at UTS Gallery.
Baden Pailthorpe is part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by the intersection of information and technology in the post-internet age. Much of Pailthorpe’s work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism. In 2013, the artist was invited to be the inaugural artist in residence at the Australian War Memorial, where he produced his most significant body of work to date: Spatial Operations (2015). More recently, he has been awarded an Asialink/Australia Council residency with the renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab. In 2017, the artist co-founded his own start-up, Petricore, whose online gaming product, Artleague, allows consumers to gamble on the careers of elite contemporary artists.
For this exhibition, Pailthorpe explores the aesthetics of power through data, bodies and technology. In an environment that is both physical and virtual, Clanger pairs the statistical tracking of AFL player performance with the emotional intensities of the crowd. Using anonymous player and crowd data captured during the 2017 AFL Round 23 Swans v Carlton game, Clanger re-stages the drama and flow of a match in its entirety. Pailthorpe moves the game from the field to the virtual plane, rendering both players and the crowd as data-borne creations caught in a deeply emotional, cultural and aesthetic tradition.
Image: Baden Pailthorpe, Clanger, UTS Gallery, May 1 – June 22. Photo: Campbell Henderson.