August 7th – 7 pm
August 7th – September 4th 2020
The work explores artefacts, folklore, economy, and consideration of how current digital data gathers, gives access and disseminates cultural encounters and experiences. Considering the user and collector of data what is collected kept and access and how does this representations of knowledge, experience, of multiple sources and re –assigned meaning archive a location such as Jamaica.
This work searches for the data driven remanence, codes, crossing points and signifiers of the cultural location of Jamaica.
Previous project ‘Duppy Culture’ contributes directly to ‘What Remains’ as continue examination Urban (London, England) and rural experience (West Moreland Jamaica). Duppy, a strong part of Caribbean folklore, is a term for ghosts, or as malevolent spirit. Duppy references resilience, resolution and emancipation in the language and traditions of folklore.
The theme ‘Duppy Culture’ seeks to present the universal human encounter with the crossing of locations and experience. The project searches for the symbols and codes that define the interplay between Black British experience and Jamaican culture.
‘What remains’ is an ongoing project, investigates the representation of the remains/remanence of recent Jamaican histories in the 21st Century. The project re-frames artefacts taken predominantly from online archives, cultural ephemera and museum collections of objects. One of the key aims of the project is to present a series of concepts that explore if data can produce tangible social and intellectual collections of recent culture. The work considers the current use of digital and online data, and questions the open access to information, division, bias and hierarchies of these technologies through re-assembly, objects, and sound.
Mark Miller’s work examines the connections, influences and parallels of a rural Jamaican experience and an urban black British context through visual and audio art platforms. The work aims to assemble a variety of objects, structures and themes that emphasise urban British experience with considerations of their connection with Jamaican folklore.
Miller’s work explores folklore, and its relationship to contemporary urban environments. It considers the links and physiological parallels between rural and urban experience, as a method of examining structures, process of production and conditions that form cultural practices. Utilising multiple media, predominantly drawing, audio and moving image, the work aims to demonstrate a layered approach to questions surrounding cultural artefacts, digital data, individual and lived experience.