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14 December 2012

Grand Union, Birmingham

www.grand-union.org.uk

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Hashfail was the first in a series of three nationwide events investigating the distribution and production of art via virtual and digital platforms through sound, performance and digital media. Hashfail coincided with (On) Accordance, a project by or-bits.com and Grand Union.

A Torrent file is a file distributed via the web through rapid peer-to-peer ‘seeding’ of information. Becoming representative of pirate and copyright-infringing distribution it is also a mode of sharing that relies upon direct connection with other anonymous users of the internet.

A Hashfail occurs when ‘seeded’ files have become corrupt and therefore certain ‘bits’ of data cannot be received. Numerous Hashfails lead to the loss of quality and gradual decomposition of a file, shifting it ever-further from its origin, subjecting it to a new type of physicality and texturing.

Works presented included:

Rhys Coren Illustrious Lawns and Terraces

Polly Fibre Word Processor

Joey Holder and Clifford Sage Cataplasm Deceit

JK Keller Gleaning the Fifth Screen, Minority Report (screen test)

Yuri Pattison HITs

Pil and Galia Kollectiv We Are Equilibrium

Oliver Sutherland If if if if if if

A printed publication was produced by White Room Press featuring essays by Gil Leung and Tim Dixon.

 

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www.artscouncil.org.uk