A coal-fired boiler powers a network of computers exploring the relationships between, power, art and media. Coal Fired Computers is a new work by leading UK media artists Harwood and Yokokoji (YoHa) exploring the ecologies that have created and maintained power, and the subsequent health residues and crisis of fuelling that power. The work responds to the displacement of coal production to distant India, China or Vietnam and the industrial heritage of the North East, in particular the work of Charles Parsons whose steam turbine is used to produce 40% of today's electricity.
Following AV Festival 10, Coal Fired Computers has been exhibited at Arnolfini, Bristol (25 September – 21 November 2010) and Artefact Festival, Leuven (15 – 24 February 2011).
Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji have lived and worked together since 1994. Harwood and Yokokoji co-founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007), specialising in digital media and established the MediaShed a free-media lab in Southend-on-sea (2005-2008). In 2008 they joined long time collaborator, Richard Wright to produce Tantalum Memorial winning the Transmediale first prize for 2009. Tantalum Memorial also featured at ZeroOne Biennial San Jose; Manifesta07 Bolzano, Italy; Science Museum, London; Ars Electronica, Linz; Plugin. Switzerland; and Laboral, Spain.
Commissioned and produced by AV Festival 10. Supported by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Metal Culture. World Premiere.
Fri 12 March – Sun 14 March 2010
Newcastle NE1 4JA
Mon – Sat 10am-5pm