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Vacuum Born

23 - 30 August 2019

Collective Studio Summer Exhibition Series

Exhibition Preview: Friday 23 August, 6–8pm
(Summer Party follows)
Exhibition Open: 27 – 30 Aug 2019 (Tue – Fri, 12 – 6pm)
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
232-240 High Street, NE8 1AQ

Vacuum Born is a new exhibition showcasing a series of .pdf files rendered in aluminium print and through installation.

These new works, formerly evident as image-objects, express a method of (post)production characterised by a process of automated actions, which dictate the ways in which the elements within the compositions interact with each other.

Found/generated information-as-images from the internet are used as raw materials, which are then subject to a procedure of standardisation.  This means of fabrication develops intangible resources (data) via industrial practices and image editing software, resulting in hybridised and allegorical artefacts.

Functionality is absent by design and utilitarian application is denied.

Vacuum Born doubts the emancipatory promise of technological perfection by provoking questions around purpose, labour practices, use value, self-determination, sustainability and productivity within an economic system in which human behaviour is a commodity.

KA Bird is a visual artist based in Newcastle, UK.  She is a queer artist, particularly interested in the use of digital media and her practice is about harnessing the processes and strategies of information circulation, investigating the human in technology, and the technological in the human within the all-out integration of internet and world.  She received a distinction in her MA in Fine Art from Teesside University in 2018, and is currently a studio holder at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle.

This exhibition is programmed as part of The Collective Studio, NewBridge’s early career artist development programme.

Accessibility: NewBridge Gateshead has full street-level accessibility. This event will take place in the gallery space on the ground floor of NewBridge Gateshead. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.


6pm-late preview night, 12-6pm Tue-Fri regular hours