Exhibition: Software for Less - Ben Grosser

This exhibition runs from Thu, 9th Sep 2021 to Sat, 23rd Oct 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Sat,
25th Sep 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Tue,
28th Sep 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Wed,
29th Sep 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Thu,
30th Sep 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Fri,
1st Oct 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Sat,
2nd Oct 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)
Tue,
5th Oct 2021  
(1pm - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


arebyte Gallery presents Software for Less, an exhibition examining the cultural, social and political effects of software on contemporary society, by US artist Ben Grosser.

Software for Less will take visitors on a journey through a pseudo tech exposition. Each work is presented as a product that could have come out of an alternative Silicon Valley, interrogating and reimagining how software is created, operated, and sold. The exhibition provokes the viewer to consider the influence software has on us, foregrounding social media platforms as the main impetus; how is an interface that foregrounds our friend count changing our conceptions of friendship? Who benefits when a software system can intuit how we feel? Ultimately, questioning how software moulds who we are.

Grosser’s work bends and rewrites the rules of social media platforms to present the viewer with new and radically different ways of interacting within this space. The show examines big tech’s fixed spaces of consumption and prescribed interaction, as well as presenting alternative ways of experiencing them that are not guided by the principles of growth and capitalism.

Utilising custom methods such as software recomposition, techniques such as data obfuscation, and genres that include video supercuts and net art, Software For Less presents functional applications and media-based artworks that produce less profit, less data, and less users. At the centre of the exhibition is a new platform called Minus, a social network where users only get 100 posts—for life. Rather than the algorithmic feeds, visible “like” counts, and infinite scrolls employed by big tech to induce endless user engagement, Minus limits how much one posts to the feed, and foregrounds—as its only visible and dwindling metric - how few opportunities they have left. Not software for more, but Software for Less.

Four new works have been commissioned and created especially for the exhibition: Platform Sweet Talk, Minus, and both Get Less and DEFICIT OF LESS which are in dialogue with previous successful works Get More and ORDER OF MAGNITUDE.

The exhibition further presents the existing pieces Get More, ORDER OF MAGNITUDE, Safebook, Not For You, Twitter Demetricator, The Endless Doomscroller, and Tokenize This. Go Rando and Facebook Demetricator are also included, the former having been recently rewritten for the exhibition’s opening and the latter scheduled for rewriting during its run through a series of live coding sessions.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

arebyte Gallery,

Java House,
7 Botanic Square,
London,
E14 0LG