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21 February 2006

New exhibition at Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DCA - laser/net

John Bell, Adam Covell, Paul Guzzardo, and Lorens Holm
Preview: Thursday 23rd February 2006, 6 - 8pm
Open to the public: Friday 24th - Tuesday 28th February 2006

Laser\net will transform Centrespace, a large, adaptable studio/gallery space that spans both floors of the VRC, into a labyrinth of lasers and new technology. This complex research project, which is expected to take most of February to install, has its preview on Thursday 23rd February.

The research project will involve participants moving through a laser field using technology borrowed from the security and data transmission industries. Laser beam breaks will trigger aural and visual events, whose content will be drawn from internet-sourced discussions of privacy, security, and intellectual property rights. laser\net builds a space in which the occupant intervenes in the dialogue between on- and off-line data, the analogue and the digital, the original and the copy.

laser\net is part of "Exploring the digital city: space culture politics", a workshop series funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and sponsored by the Geddes Institute for Urban Research, the School of Architecture, and the Department of Geography, at the University of Dundee. Its purpose is to explore new areas of cross-disciplinary research collaboration in urbanism, and includes invited speakers and participants in the fields of digital technology, media ecology, geography, architecture, and urbanism.

laser\net is a collaboration between John Bell, Adam Covell, Paul Guzzardo, and Lorens Holm. John Bell joined the Architectural Association in 2000 after posts at the University of Westminster, University of East London, Kingston University and the Arts Council England. John Bell and Adam Covell are partners in the transdisciplinary practice, London. Adam Covell is an RIBA Silver Medalist, developed the MA Computer Imaging in Architecture at the University of Westminster. Paul Guzzardo is a lawyer and media activist. Lorens Holm is the course director for history and theory in the School of Architecture, University of Dundee. He writes on architecture and psychoanalysis.

Further information about the project can be found on the website:

Please contact Vicky Hale, Project Co-ordinator at the VRC for more information:
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