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Sometimes you can spend hours trawling through the internet, search engines and social media sites getting sucked into a wormhole that you can find completely mind destroying. You see the effects of all the information it conveys through some of the newspaper’s most horrific headlines as technology holds a black mirror up to society’s Insta-filtered face. It just seems like a vacuum void of creativity and inspiration, until now that is.

Newcastle visual artist KA Bird is showcasing her new exhibition, Vacuum Born. Her work focuses around her interest in the use of digital information and how it is conveyed, the human aspects of it and the integration of technology with the world. The work on show at The NewBridge Project: Gateshead from 27th – 30th August (with an exhibition preview on Friday 23 August, 6–8pm) showcases a series of .pdf files rendered in aluminium print and through installation.

‘These new works, formerly evident as image-objects, express a method of (post)production characterised by a process of automated actions, which dictate the ways in which the elements within the compositions interact with each other.

Found/generated information-as-images from the internet are used as raw materials, which are then subject to a procedure of standardisation. This means of fabrication develops intangible resources (data) via industrial practices and image editing software, resulting in hybridised and allegorical artefacts.

Functionality is absent by design and utilitarian application is denied.’

Basically (and using less beautiful language), KA Bird  takes things from the internet and turn them into stunning works of art through combining modern software techniques and manufacturing methods . So close your laptop, throw your phone into the River Tyne and experience this wonderful exhibition that makes the internet beautiful again. Entry is free and inspiration cannot be quantified by our new Silicon Valley overlords, so go nuts.

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