For immediate release, July 6th 2003
Working Lunch by John Hanson and Richard Paul
from 6th July 2003.
Variablemedia is pleased to announce it's latest
project, 'Working Lunch' by artists John Hanson and Richard Paul.
Beginning July 6th 2003, this project will develop at the www.variablemedia.org
site over a period of two months. 'Working Lunch' finds John Hanson
and Richard Paul delving further into their collaborative investigations
based on Dudley Stationery, last seen in their exhibition 'Terry's
Studio' at Hoxton Distillery, London and in 'Photospin', project
space at The Photographer's Gallery in London, UK.
In 1998 Dudley Stationery was one of the UK's leading
distributors of office supplies - by 2002 it was no longer in operation.
John Hanson and Richard Paul return to the 1998 printed catalogue
to try and discover if there are any clues to the company's demise
hidden in the images. Richard Paul was one of the photographers
who worked on this catalogue - perhaps he knows more than he is
'Working Lunch' presents the web site's visitor
with an opportunity to click through multiple possible sequences
of still images and quicktime movies. Each single image, scanned
from the defunct Dudley publication, contains one or more 'hotspots'
(hidden clickable links); an interactive technique popular since
early CD-ROMs. Regular updates to the site will change the location
of the starting point through these image sequences. The addition
and subtraction of images and movies will create further possible
routes and alternative interpretations.
Hanson and Paul give a knowing twist to the seemingly
simple codes of printed catalogue imagery. They put forward an alternate
reading; suggesting the presence of covert narratives that were
originally concealed in the apparently mundane (and apparently misjudged),
series of printed images.
Hanson and Paul are both based in London. As well
as working collaboratively both artists have individual practices
and exhibit their work regularity across the UK. Recent exhibitions
include 'Spaceman' at the MOT gallery, Hackney, London and 'Chockerfuckinblocked'
at the Jeffrey Charles Gallery, Whitechapel, London. They are the
co-ordinators of the artist run gallery space, Hoxton Distillery.
Variablemedia was created by artists Michelle Deignan
and Simon Goodwin as an Internet space for artists to explore process
and temporality. The www.variablemedia.org site hosts a continuing
series of artists' "site specific" web projects. Artists
occupy the site's space for a period of between one and three months.
This space is available for them to change, update and add to during
their project's run.