Binary Code, the inaugural exhibition at SEAGER, brings together works by Ze Aya, Caterina Gobbi, Jake Moore and Eevi Rutanen. Mediated by screens and machines, Binary Code highlights the human hand in shaping gender identities, labour and love, as these move amidst the language of 1s and 0s.
Ze Aya uses digital collage and touch-screen drawing apps to construct painterly works in a controlled environment, before translating these into physical objects. On canvas, Ze carefully builds up layers and textures by hand, reconstructing digitised romance and saying the unsaid. Her works map seduction and fragility, and ultimately love and heartbreak, as these relationships are played out and manipulated in on and offline social spheres.
Working as an artist, performer and DJ, Caterina Gobbi is interested in the relations that humans have with and within their immediate surroundings. She particularly concentrates on emotive or sentimental experiences in spaces that we can inhabit, which includes the sonic and the digital.
Jake Moore uses computer animation, video and sound to consider the inadequacy of the human form, compared to the potential of increased computational and technological climates. In his sterile, 3D rendered spaces, chiseled figures move through speculative worlds. Seemingly male, their lack of genitalia leave them in mutable state between heteronormative, performed masculinity and fluid gender identities, whilst questioning the ailing of our own bodies against a machine-like form of ‘perfection’.
In the work of Eevi Rutanen, interactive installations, sculpture and software merge into uncanny hybrids of bodies and technology. Drawing on her background in bioengineering, Eevi’s work is often inspired by biological processes and forms. By combining computational systems and scientific paradigms with frivolity and feminist theory, she strives to imagine alternative ways of being through empowered softness or sensuality. Eevi is also a member of GRMMXI, a design collective committed to non-hierarchical collaboration and lolz.
SEAGER is a newly minted gallery in Deptford, South East London. The programme is focused on art that uses digital technology in its process, as its product, or its subject. By bringing digital methods into the physical gallery space, SEAGER endeavours to reflect on the implementations of digitization for society and provide a context for new positions around art and life to emerge.