3 Keys - The River Oracle – The Hexists

Organization Furtherfield Gallery
Hours Wednesday: 09:00am - 11:00am


Address McKenzie Pavilion Finsbury Park N4 2NQ, London, United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0) 208 802 2827
Website http://www.furtherfield.org/programmes/activities/invisible-forces-events
Start July 4, 2012
End July 4, 2012
Closed Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday


Wednesday 04 July 2012, 9-11am

To accompany Invisible Forces, Furtherfield invites all gallery visitors to take part in a programme of public play, games, making and discussion led by alert and energetic artists, techies, makers and thinkers: Class Wargames, The Hexists, Dave Miller, Olga P Massanet and Thomas Aston.

Cybernetic systems and game theory are about anticipating and influencing human behaviour using algorithmic code, databases, social media etc -  the industries of data-mining, data profiling and data protection can be said to be the new 'magic' by which biopolitical control of our bodies and identities is maintained.

3 Keys - The River Oracle with The Hexists is a game of chance and divination in association with The Moving Forest, Act 0. It attempts to invoke the relationship between the divinatory functions of our contemporary 'influencing machines' (cybernetic systems and game theory using data-mining, data profiling and data protection) and traditional magical ones, creating new machines in the process. Using tools such as cards, dowsing, stick throwing to interpret phenomena in the landscape, historical and current, 'readings' can be cast, allowing associative action, language and thought to determine what might happen in the future, to create a path, an artwork.

In 3 Keys (version 3), participants will follow the Hackney Brook, an old subterranean
river that begins near Finsbury Park and ends up in the River Lea near the site of the Olympics, using different exercises to interpret the landscape and cast readings. We will 'mark' the route along the way with objects and stories and other inscriptions. The river is the oracle and we are the transmisson. The documentation and divination tools will be made available for display in the exhibition after the event.


Rachel Baker  (The Hexists)
Rachel Baker is a network artist who collaborated on the influential irational.org. Her art practice explores techniques used in contemporary marketing to gather and distribute data for the purposes of manipulation and propaganda. Networks of all kinds are "sites" for Baker’s public and private distributed art practice, including radio combined with Internet (Net.radio), mobile phones and SMS messaging, and rail networks.

Kayle Brandon  (The Hexists)
Kayle Brandon is a  inter-disciplinary Artist/researcher, whose work is sited within the public, social realm. She predominantly works in collaborative and collective fields; a working method which informs much of her ethos around the making of art. Her main areas of interest are in the relationships between the natural and urban worlds and Human/Non-human relations. She investigates this field via physical intelligence, provocative intervention, observation, self-guided exploration and collective experiences.

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