SNAP, in partnership with the University of Alberta Art and Design Graduate Students Association (ADGSA) presents a group exhibition that explores the ways digital, genetic and linguistic codes shape our bodies, subjectivities and interpersonal relations. The graduate students featured in this exhibition investigate the boundaries of coding processes to challenge the presumed stability and fixity of code. They exploit the glitches, interference and translation inherent in coding systems to generate new and often surprising results. This exhibition at SNAP features the work of numerous artists using a wide range of artistic disciplines.
The ways the in which we understand digital code resonates with how we think about our minds and bodies, especially in light of medical projects like genetic mapping and neuroimaging. These technologies have shaped a view of the body as living code: knowable, malleable and therefore controllable. Several works in the exhibition challenge the notion of a programmable body.
This complex negotiation between code and subject is carried through to artworks that address linguistic code—written, spoken and embodied—as a site of identity formation. Language shapes us and our social worlds. We speak, write, and gesture ourselves into existence.
Collectively, the artworks included in Encoding Identities traverse the ruptures, overlaps and blurred edges around systems of codification. From its function as a source material to its mediating influence in spectatorship, code is increasingly significant in the ways in which we conceptualize and construct identities. We form code, and are in turn formed by it.
Featuring work by:
Darian Goldin Stahl