Terms & Expectations

Yuri Pattison, outsourced views (still), 2013-14. Courtesy of the artist.

Terms & Expectations

October 20—December 10, 2022

Works by Hiba Ali, Simon Denny, Sophia Oppel, Yuri Pattison, Eva Pel, and Coralie Vogelaar

Curated by Barbara Cueto & Bas Hendrikx

Although aloof from their rural surroundings, distribution centres and server farms are places where the internet becomes visible. Their vast, boxy architecture does not reveal much, if anything, of their interior activity. The underlying distribution chains remain ambiguous: our awareness of their processes, technologies, and working conditions are sparse and fractured. Nevertheless, these infrastructures oversee the supply of food, fashion, and entertainment. Rural areas—once solely connected to nature, the harvest of crops, and the herding of cattle—now share space and resources with vast distribution centres monopolized by companies like Amazon, Ebay, or Alibaba, which bypass long-established commercial networks altered at the dawn of the internet.

Terms & Expectations is an invitation to reconsider the influence of distribution centres as agents within our natural environment. From a politico-ecological perspective, the exhibition delves into their affects and potentialities and stimulates a debate around the limits and repercussions of the infrastructure that supports the digital—a seemingly immaterial network of digital powers with a high carbon footprint. Terms & Expectations reveals the tangible presence of digital distribution chains that punctuate our physical surroundings and are transforming the topographies of human industry and interaction.

This project is made possible through the support of Creative Industries Fund NL.


Coralie Vogelaar, Arranging, Moving, Rotating, Packing, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 20 | 7—9pm EDT
In-person at InterAccess (950 Dupont St., Unit 1)
FREE (no registration required)

Performance – Coralie Vogelaar, Arranging, Moving, Rotating, Packing
Thursday, October 20 | 9—9:30pm EDT
In-person at City Dance Corps (950 Dupont St.)
FREE (register here)

Curator Talk – Terms & Expectations
Saturday, November 12 | 12—1pm EST
Online via Zoom
FREE (registration coming soon)


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