the contacts we made during the first exhibition, we set up a 'mailart'
type project, where each person was to produce mini poster - hexagon shaped.
Over the year we showed the network of participants the works that would
be pasted up next to theirs and asked them to incorporate elements of each
others. The ideal was to create a wall of posters that have contaminated
each other, merged ideas and spread like a virus.
The accompanying texts are below.
The cultural virus is transmitted
through the transference of ideas, through collective understanding. What
we term "culture" cannot be fixed, captured in a frozen moment in time
- it is illusory, transitional, indefinable, forever subject to change.
Like the humble bacteria, we are minute, but never invisible; we are causality,
the stain of our collective reason spreads throughout the whole body,
change is effected by gradual increments. Corrupting ideas take the form
of memes; always staining, infecting, and evolving. The seed, once sown
in the public consciousness spreads and grows like a malignant cancer.
People need the
right to freedom of expression of opinions, information, and ideas, without
interference by public or private parties. For people to exercise this
fundamental right there must be free and independent channels of communication.
Media should be independent from governmental, political or economic control.
Commercial control of materials and infrastructures essential to the production
and dissemination of newspapers magazines, and broadcast media prevent
access. Free media are pluralistic media. The current trend towards the
predominantly commercial provision of information and culture needs to
Creativity is a collective experience, it is accumulative. The visual artifact is not a product of individual creative genius; it is an adaptation from a determined condition, built on what has gone before. We draw on the collective visual environment:- challenging, adapting, both reinforcing and opposing, growing. The viral culture contaminates and tarnishes where it feeds off its host; as a parasite it is a product of the same environment, sharing elements in a common bond of causality and development. Each needs the other, a symbiotic relationship, collective.
issues were exhibited between 1996 & 2000:
 Spectacular entertainment
 Local / Global
 Politics of time
 Modes of engagement