Archive show originally shown in March 2022
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Curated by Alice Hoffmann-Fuller and Charlotte Clark
with Guest curators Output Field and Underground Flower.
Schemata present their latest virtual group exhibition, Exquisite World. Showcasing artists and curators working with sound and technology whose work comes together to speculate on the potential of virtual space to imagine future worlds.
Since the creation of virtual worlds, the digital has been recognised as a versatile and accessible tool for world building practices. Conversations around world building have exploded over the past few years and become endemic to the art world amongst other sectors. With current world events taking yet another dark turn, we return to this conversation, asking what and how artists can imagine for a future world.
Exquisite World maps out visions and dreams for a future world; it is a cartographic tool to consider what aspects of contemporary living could continue to be important moving forward: ecology, sex, technology, culture, history, and data are all recurring themes in public conversation right now. How will they be embodied in future worlding practices? What should change, and what should remain the same?
Exquisite World takes its premise from the iconic game of the Surrealists, Exquisite Corpse, aligning with the idea that world building be a collaborative process consistently adapting and evolving from what has come before. The work is never finished, and we are perpetually pushed forward in our desire for things being otherwise.