A new Ed Atkins exhibition Entropy of a biased coin is opening next week at CABINET – FAD magazine is very excited
Ed Atkins (born 1982) is a British contemporary artist best known for his video art and poetry. He is currently based in Berlin. Atkins lectures at Goldsmiths College in London and has been referred to as “one of the great artists of our time” by the Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
Ed Atkins Entropy of a biased coin 3rd December 2020 – 6th February 2021 Thursday – Saturday, 12.00 – 6.00pm CABINET you need to book
Through a practice that involves layering apostrophic text with high definition video, Ed Atkins makes work in which “The suck and the bloom of death and decay are channeled through technological tools at the height of contemporary image management”. Atkins’ video oeuvre is composed largely of stock footage and CGI avatars that are animated using motion capture and dramatic, commercial sound. Many of these videos feature a computer-generated avatar as an isolated protagonist, whose poetic soliloquies intimately address the viewer. This protagonist, often surrounded by generic stock images and cinematic special effects, has been noted as capable of procuring the uncanny valley effect. In Us Dead Talk Love (2012), a 37-minute two-channel video work, the avatar speaks on finding an eyelash under their foreskin, a confession that sparks “a meditation on authenticity, self-representation, and the possibility for love”.
Atkins consciously produces the majority of his work on a computer. From this laptop-based process and the works’ foregrounding of video technology, he is known for his probing of the material structure of digital video. Often citing structural film artists such as Hollis Frampton as an influence, it is apparent that Atkins is interested in the technological possibilities of new media. A prolific writer, Atkins’ video works are often derived from writing.
Atkins has had solo exhibitions at the Tate Britain, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Chisenhale Gallery, MoMA PS1, the Serpentine Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, and Kunsthalle Zürich. At the Serpentine Memory Marathon in 2012 he premiered DEPRESSION, a performance work that uses projection, digitally altered voice, and chroma key mask to simulate the cinematic techniques of his videos. In conjunction with the Serpentine Extinction Marathon of 2014, Atkins produced www.8007274, a domain that invites users to sign up for a one-sided decade long email correspondence.