ADA (A Distributed Archipelago) is a painting that was created on 96 separate board panels. Each panel is an artwork. The pieces were sold (or distributed) through Wandelbar Art International, to help fund the touring exhibition 'Moving Mountains'.
The project considered of distributed network technologies and insulation, where a whole work is split into parts that will never meet again. Commercial social media platforms were used to spread information about the project. People who purchased a piece received a certificate of ownership and a printed image of the full painting.
From review on Criticismism: "We are more connected than ever, but the quality of our online relations remains in question. Art, which generally requires your physical presence, might be the apotheosis of connection."
Perhaps that is why austerity governments value it so little. That makes archipelagoes a timely and potent image: a cluster of discrete entities joined up more closely than it seems at first."
ADA, 2015, painting on 96 panels, 120x80cm (96 10x10cm pieces)
The full painting of ADA was split into 96 pieces. Each was available for purchase through a custom-built web-page where visitors could select a panel and these would then be made unavailable.
Some of the panels from ADA
ADA, 2015, interactive web and social project, dimensions variable
Commercial social media and online promotion was key to the project. The video here was part of the promotion.
ADA, 2015, distributed painting, 120x80cm (96 10x10cm pieces)
Later, the remaining (unsold) pieces exhibited at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.
things I read or saw that helped create this project
- georges perec life: a user's manual (1978) book [LIT]
colleagues who worked on this project with me
- marc rome (wandelbar art international)
- all the people who own a piece
people or organisations who helped fund the work
- Trinity College Dublin annual art exhibition for exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios