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Exhibition: Alan Warburton’s ‘RGBFAQ’, spatial video essay at arebyte Gallery London

Text by CLOT Magazine

RGBFAQ, Alan Warburton (2020). Photo credit: Max Colson

arebyte’s 2020 programme takes the notion of Systems as its point of departure. Continuing from the 2019 theme, Home, Systems invites artists to respond to the networks and structures at play in the digitised world. The networks which have become carriers for emotional, political and ecological agendas are critiqued through group exhibitions, residencies, off-site projects and newly commissioned work.

The artists in Systems confront our current world systems of varying scales and posit alternative ways of thinking about the underlying systems present throughout our histories, presents and futures. As a part of the Systems’ programme, arebyte Gallery presents RGBFAQ, a new commission by artist Alan Warburton

RGBFAQ comprises a research-led experiential exhibition in which the audience navigates a “black box” set populated by gigantic geometric sculptures. Warburton’s ambitious new video essay will be projection-mapped onto this sculptural background, expanding the form of his popular video essays (Goodbye Uncanny Valley, Fairytales of Motion) into an immersive 3D space with a soundtrack by David Kamp.

RGBFAQ traces the trajectory of computer graphics from WW2 to Bell Labs in the 1960s, from the visual effects studios of the 1990s to the GPU-assisted algorithms of the latest machine learning models. The story culminates with the emergence of the synthetic dataset: computer-generated images used as ‘ground truth’ for training computer vision algorithms. 

RGBFAQ is a timed exhibition every 30 minutes from 1 pm – 8 pm, Monday – Sunday, on view from May 17 to 30, 2021.

(Media courtesy of arebyte Gallery)
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