Top image: Performance still: Alejandro Ball (right) and Juan Crespo, PILproject unboxes Hidden Hikkimori; Rostan Tavasiev, It’s Complicated , part of PIL 2.0, 2017

Alejandro Ball

Alejandro Ball is a Peruvian/American Media Curator, Artist, and Fabricator. He is the principle founder of Agorama, an virtual space for the development and exhibiting of Internet Art and Network Technology Art and a Post Graduate Researcher / Phd Candidate at the University of Dundee.

Alejandro is the Invited Guest Curator for the  Art Gene exhibition series, Digital U: Extreme Views (beginning Summer, 2018).

“Digital U : Extreme Views will examine the radical nature of artistic activities in digital space.”

Alejandro Ball, 2018

Alejandro has previously exhibited with us as one part of PILproject (with Juan Crespo) in the 2017 exhibition series, Digital U: Digital Gene Pool,  in the online exhibition, The One – The Many.

Later, he selected and co-curated (with Ruth Pringle), Textbook, by Benjamin Grosser –  a Digital U exhibition in the form of a browser plugin that reshapes the a user’s Facebook social media platform into a sculptural experience. (Find out more about these shows – and other Digital U exhibitions – by following the links at the foot of the page).

“My research interests lie in ideas of space and its use in distributed, immersive and performative forms of art”.

 

“A central focus in my investigations are the notions of online and offline ‘space’, and the progressing metaphysical relationship of these two ‘spaces’ as technology accelerates”.

Alejandro Ball, 2018

The ideas behind the series

Digital U: Extreme Views will look at the radical nature of the artistic medium in the digital space, with each exhibition encounter highlighting a different aspect of our culture’s relation to the Internet.

An important aspect for the unfolding programme will be to communicate to audiences the diverse sets of artistic activities and practices taking place on the web, and the issues highlighted by these artists’ actions.

“As a personal rule in my practice I try and only work with the new, meaning creating collaborations with artists and other creatives to produce new works of art, and or, expand on progressive research projects already part of the artist’s practice”.

Alejandro Ball, 2018

Digital U: Extreme Views is an online digital exhibition series running in tandem with Art Gene’s vast Extreme Views public outreach coastal project, in which Art Gene work in partnership with the Islands and Bays of Barrow Coastal Team to link the landscapes with the communities of Barrow and Furness (weblink at the foot of this page).

Image below: Geltung[Validity]: Perception of a Natural Right –  curated by Alejandro Ball and Inês Costa,  GENERATORprojects, NEoN Digital Festival 2017, including artwork by artworks by artists Max Dovey (foreground) and Diogo da Cruz (background).

Biography

Alejandro Ball is based in both London and Dundee. His work and research lies in the exploration of language as social coding and its integration into human culture and consciousness through new media practices and sonic elements. He has collaborated with various institutions including: Visual Research Centre, DCA, in Dundee, me Collectors Room in Berlin, the Whitechapel Gallery and Five Years Gallery, both in London.

Recent exhibitions include the online/offline exhibition Geltung[Validity]: Perception of a Natural Right, hosted by GENERATORprojects; and fabrication of an online screening platform produced for the NEoN 2017 festival. Alejandro is part of is the online art group, Post-Internet Landscape (PILproject) exhibiting PIL 2.0: Russia. Be Blinded by an Inner Light, VRC, DCA, Dundee.

Selected previous projects Alejandro has participated as a curator or artist are; A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents, me Collectors Room, Berlin, 2015, London Open: Live talk event IN TRANSITION: the artistic and curatorial residency, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015.

 

More about Alejandro (external links)

Writing

Online Sonic Series

PIL 2.0: Russia. Be Blinded by an Inner Light, by PILproject, VRC, DCA, Dundee, 2017;
image artwork by Rostan Tavasiev