Metadata: How We Relate to Images
Lethaby Gallery | Central Saint Martins | Granary Square | London
10 January 2018 – 3 February 2018
An exhibition presented by the international research project Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
We encounter the world through metadata – data that provides information about other data. Maps, calendars, the location and time of a text message, all describe and classify information. Images carry their own metadata that affects how we relate to them, whether engaging with history and the passage of time or as beholders curating our own visual experience.
The exhibition gathers contemporary reflections on the status of data but also extends it beyond the digital. Works range from interventions, such as Nora Al-Badri and Nikolai Nelles’ Nefertiti Hack Project, to the Arts & Crafts movement’s engagement with medieval ornament. Where there is information there is metadata.
This exhibition arises out of a longstanding collaboration between artists and academics from Central Saint Martins and the research project Bilderfahrzeuge (a phrase coined by art historian Aby Warburg that translates as ‘image vehicles’). Focusing on the role of metadata in art and art history, the exhibition includes work by established and emerging artists as well as loans by the British Museum and private collections. These will stand alongside an imaginative reinvestigation of objects from Central Saint Martins’ own Museum and Study Collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that invites the visitor to map their own path through the display, adding their own voice to the accumulation of metadata.
Featuring works by:
Nora Al-Badri and Nikolai Nelles | Alexander Burgess | Hussein Chalayan | Matthew Clarke | Joyce Clissold | Carole Collet | Sarah Craske, Dr Simon Park and Dr Charlotte Sleigh | Matthew Darbyshire | Rosemary House | Lauren Jetty | Edward Johnston and Violet E. Hawkes | Owen Jones | Lottin de Laval | Richard Long | Nicola Lorini | Alfred Maudslay | Louisa Minkin | William Morris and John Henry Dearle | Noel Rooke | Henrietta Simson | Jeremy Wood