This page outlines the Community Ethos and Working Projects currently evolving at The Unstitute. Please address all correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Unstitute is an online new media art laboratory dedicated to rethinking and re-asserting the experience of visual cultures in the early 21st Century, at a time which should rightly be considered crucial in an accelerating human culture dominated by capital, technology and globalisation. We begin from this premise: there is no reason to expect that the internet itself not be considered a medium of the artist.
Created as a new type of architecture within the internet, The Unstitute exists as a set of intensities on a line of flight, various windows of opportunity, sprawling rooms of archives in temporary structures, screening rooms, nomadic encampments and discontiguous blocks of content which orient and dis-orient. The resulting superstructure of The Unstitute is one which was intended from the outset as browser-based; the web is the only way in, and the only way out.
Most of the hidden structure of The Unstitute is a series of parallel ‘worlds’ or artificially constructed environments; labyrinthine web-fictions deposited by the original builders of this digital ‘coral reef’. These worlds themselves are multifaceted constructions which reflect the ultimate complexity of the superstructure, resulting in a fractal-nesting of worlds within worlds. These initial constructions branched out into further expansions and outposts, and soon a thriving community began to share the outgrowth, leading to the creation of the Participation Programme.
The Unstitute offers the opportunity for artists to take part in our experiment through a progressive community alliance in which we mutually advance the possibilities of the browser-based digital experience as a medium for the artist. We do not offer a traditional gallery experience for the artist or the viewer - we are incubating a hybrid, experimental model of artists’ community with the time, energy and integrity required for such a project.
The Projection Room at The Unstitute is a strategic step towards altering the relationship between artist and audience via the medium of the Website. We began by creating a pseudo-space for showing experimental videos; works are selected on the basis of their ability to provoke interesting reactions or engagements with the viewer, whether in a positive or negative fashion.
Mechanically selected monthly screenings of videos submitted to The Unstitute by you.
Located in courtyards of the Unstitute - inbetween spaces, between other structures, temporary or otherwise - is a network of diverse encampments serving any number of uses; political or otherwise. In these digital encampments you can see the building of a new archive.
The Unstitute invites all digital makers to submit content to this temporary, nomadic video-encampment. Submissions are fed into a special machine underground.
The Unstitute forges new connections in anti-establishment thought and practise in its new interactive archive: [dis]Corporate Bodies. Individuals and groups are invited to create new works or select existing works which respond to the theme 'Under-Mining the Institution' - an activity which could involve plans, excavations, extractions, subversions, criticisms - by selecting an institution and actively mining the fabric upon which its 'institutional' structure rests.
Mechanically selected an/archive currently at The Unstitute, assembled from open submissions.
Submissions are now CLOSED for this project.
The Unstitute's unique virtual residency programme is a series of developmental projects which engage with and disengage from the mobile, shifting web-architecture of The Unstitute itself. Participants do not 'question the boundaries', (as per the rhetoric of the Art Institution,) but are instead encouraged to create boundaries, objections and impasses and furthermore affirm the movements afforded by this activity. The Unstitute is a memory palace.
This virtual online residency project is open to all.
The Unstitute wants you, whoever and wherever you are, to participate in a new online project entitled Vidiot; a word-blend accidentally created by one of our manifesto-writing machines of ‘vidi’ & ‘idiot’, possibly meaning ‘simple video’.
Ongoing participation experiment at The Unstitute, open to submissions.
The Unstitute would like to ask you to send us your eyes. The Unstitute constructing itself a new wing out of your eyes, built on the architecture of watching. It will be a unique place you can go when you want everyone to look at you, or when you want to feel you are being watched - a sort of vulgar Panopticon for the internet.