Right Here, Right Now @ The Lowry, Salford (UK)

Published on November 8th, 2015

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Right Here, Right Now Digitally-influenced work which seeks to challenge perceptions

Right Here, Right Now
Digitally-influenced work which seeks to challenge perceptions

The Lowry, Salford
from 11 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

This is an exhibition of some of the most exciting contemporary art in our time. A time that is increasingly dominated by our relationship with digital technology. A team of international guest curators nominated a number of artists for the exhibition, which was then curated by The Lowry. We have chosen a selection of artists who are defined as digital by their use of digital technology as a significant part and influence in their artistic practice. At this moment we are living through a digital change that is shaping our behaviour, understanding and view of humanity and the world around us.

These 16 international artists and their artworks expose new ways of visioning, creating and reshaping how we think about ourselves. They offer a series of methods that explore how digital technology is becoming part of our visual, sound and intellectual experience. The art is playful, thoughtful and challenges us to consider the digital systems embedded around us, either visible or hidden. Using surveillance, artificial intelligence, voyeurism, interruptions and distortions – we are able to immerse ourselves in art that considers beauty, privacy, self, permissions and collaboration. Society is being altered as we become embedded into a digital age shaped by technology systems. From the phone in your pocket to the data you unwittingly give away, artists take a leading role in continuing to explore and question the cultural impact of these happenings.

Today’s creative innovations still attract dreamers, critics and aggravators through the interrogation of digital social systems, economic systems and infrastructure systems. The Lowry is taking a moment to artistically see where we are, right here right now.

Sarah Cook, Annet Dekker, Lucy Dusgate, Beryl Graham (text), Karen Newman, Hannah Redler, Katrina Sluis and Lindsay Taylor.


Daniel Rozin – New York based artist, creates interacvitve installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer.

Robert Henke – an artist working in the fields of audio visual installation, music and performance. Coming from a strong engineering background, Henke is fascinated by the beauty of technical objects.

Branger Briz – a collective of artists, educators and programmers formed in 1998 by Nick Briz, Paul Briz and Ramon Branger.

Julie Freeman – who’s work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores how science and technology change our relationship to nature.

Mishka Henner – The artist is based in Greater Manchester. Even though he uses new technologies, Henner sees himself as an old school reporter – showing the public what is in front of them, but that they cannot see.

Stephanie Rothenberg – uses performance, installation and networked media to create provocative public interactions.

Felicity Hammond – is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art (2014), where she completed her MA in Photography and was awarded the Metro Imaging printing award.

Ed Carter – devises and creates interdisciplinary projects that are context-specific, with a focus on sound, composition, architecture, and process.

Joe Hamilton’s practice is concerned with rethinking the distinction between nature and the built environment and in considering the fragmented way we experience the world, through multiple series of continually overlapping windows on the screen.

UK-based artist Nikki Pugh explores relationships between people and places. Her practice encompasses locative and digital media, walking, performative actions in public spaces (including pervasive games), installation, physical computing and collaboration.

Thomson & Craighead live and work in London and Kingussie in Scotland. Much of their recent work looks at live networks such as the web and how they are changing the way we all understand the world around us.

Pioneers of Net Art, Eva and Franco Mattes explore the ethical and moral issues arising when people interact remotely, especially through social media, creating situations where it is difficult to distinguish reality from a simulation.

Berlin-based artist Elly Clarke explores the impact of networked culture on our sense of identity and relationships. She creates conversations, exchanges and performances in spaces online and offline, investigating an age of instant mobility and communication and questioning the importance of the physical body and object in today’s digital world.

Timo Arnall’s design, photography and filmmaking work is about developing and explaining emerging technologies through visual experiments, films, visualisations, speculative products and interfaces.

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