WADS (↑ ← → ↓) speaks of plurality and plentifulness, of conjoining principles, disciplines and possibilities. As a virtual space compiled of local artists, it sets out to explore the potential of digital hubs as grounds of artistic and technological co-creation. It imagines a garden of commoning where artists pollinate the digital by employing a technique derived from gardening: namely, grafting.
WADS (↑ ← → ↓)
Aware of the effects of such techniques over nature, some of the qualities found in grafting—rarely witnessed elsewhere—play a central role in WADS. Gardening in the digital, a form of immaterial labour, allows artists to cultivate and critically reinterpret their practice for the web. Grafting entails delicate care and a commitment to longevity. Each chimeric mien explores the feedback between the virtual and the physical, locale and átopos, politics and the paradox of a labour that grows by consumption. The collectively grafted landscape invites visitors to indulge in each experience separately and in respect to one another.
These interconnected ecologies contribute to ‘unnatural’ mergings, propagating and spreading an alternate digital common. A nice framework for worldbuilding. One to grow, to work, to flourish and to wither in.
RISE ITICA (CY)
WADS, a digital garden of commoning formed by 21 local artists, sets out to explore the potential of digital hubs as grounds of artistic and technological co-creation. The digital exhibition is created and experienced in the online environment of Mozilla Hubs and will be accessible through the Ars Electronica Digital Platform.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Curatorial team: Demetris Shammas, Myrto Aristidou, Emiddio Vasquez Hadjilyra, Constantinos Miltiadis.
Artists: Anastasia Dolitsay, Angeliki Koutsodimitropoulou, Despina Rangou, Doros Polydorou, Elena Savvidou, Faysal Mroueh, Ibrahim Ince, Irini Khenkin, Kleanthis Rousos, Lina Protopapa, Maria Andreou, Marietta Mavrokordatou, Marina Ashioti, Marina Kassianidou, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Nico Stephou, Panagiotis Mina, Pandelis Diamantides, Peter Eramian, Raissa Angeli, Stelios Ilchouk.
The RISE ITICA WADS garden is supported by the Austrian Embassy Nicosia.