The first UK exhibition by Belgian artist Pieterjan Ginckels.
Pieterjan Ginckels, S.P.A.M. OFFICE
S.P.A.M. OFFICE appears to be a traditional modernist office setting; uniform office furniture has been made from cheap, low quality materials. S.P.A.M. Officers check e-mails, detect spam, print and file content in the S.P.A.M. archive, poetically supporting the decorum of bureaucracy. They wear the uniform and logo of the ‘firm’, and monotonously disarm the spam to which the office is subjected.
The officers operate the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to which spam is sent and forwarded to. The exhibition’s audience is invited to contribute by sending all their spam email to this address, as well as to come and watch the office at work. Through the daily filtering and archiving of this material S.P.A.M. Officers become performers in the gallery space but they also work for the artist. The officers’ selections and archiving of spam messages enables Pieterjan Ginckels to reproduce the content and context of spam in his artworks.Previous manifestations of the S.P.A.M Office led to the development of the print work series Warez n Warez, Lee vs Sam and New Rules. The office environment also develops publications, one of which, a S.P.A.M. Diary will be launched during the exhibition. As well as a wide range of office style paraphanalia including spammed mugs, coffee, uniforms, and a new range of stylised office furniture which will be on display at ANDOR in the S.P.A.M. OFFICE Showroom.
Preview: Friday 18 January, 6-9pm
19 January - 9 March 2013
Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6pm.
237 Hackney Road