Art and education come together in new exhibition on Westside

The Ikon Gallery and University of Birmingham have teamed up to present a new art installation on Broad Street.

We need 2 tlk is a new moving image exhibition by Midlands-based artist Exodus Crooks. It will take place at The Exchange, the university’s city centre venue, from 4 July to 2 November.

Commissioned by Ikon and the university, with support from Birmingham-based Vivid Projects, Exodus explores public perceptions of AI and reflections on media and technology as outlined in the work of Jamaican-British academic and cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall.

Exodus Crooks. Image courtesy the artist. Photo by Chelsea Gordon.

Produced in collaboration with movement artist Chelsea Gordon, the artwork considers how developments in communication shift our behaviour in conversing with others.

We need 2 tlk is presented in The Vaults, an exhibition space carved out from the old Municipal Bank’s basement secure room.

The exhibition focuses on gestures and the sense of touch present in everyday phone use and the processing of information from the eye, brain and hands.

On each side of the room, a film shows a pair of hands in motion, the fingers bending and flexing as if typing on an invisible mobile phone keyboard.

Opposite the entrance, Exodus presents a moving image installation comprising 13 mobile phones displayed horizontally to form the shape of a QWERTY keyboard.

An event associated with the exhibition will take place at The Exchange on Thursday 25 July, from 6pm to 8pm.

The evening will comprise of talks, exhibitions and creative workshops that open up conversations between artists and academics around AI Futures and the Stuart Hall Archive Project.

It will also be an opportunity to hear Exodus talk about his We need 2 tlk installation.

For more information, visit: www.ikon-gallery.org

Main picture: The Exchange. Credit Greg Milner Photography.

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