Infomoma – The Frankfurt Equation
John Latham became interested in the book “Otts Sneeze’ by Neal White and Lawrence Norfolk (Bookworks) following a meeting in 2002. The exhibition linked the two artists, who met frequently to discuss their fascination with time, science, technology and event structures, as well as exploring artists role in society more widely.
Fieldwork was conducted with Office of Experiments (White in collaboration with Stadehlschule students and with Field Broadcast) into the collapsing of time/space that Quant Trading requires (extremely high speed networks). These super fast networks operate outside of conventional internet connections, through a myriad of data of centres and relay infrastructures. Documentation of these sites was undertaken in the Frankfurt region and in the UK, and included the Basildon (Essex) site of the New York Stock Exchange, as well as satellite upload link stations and an array of high tech, high speed infrastructure sites around the European Bank in Frankfurt.
Working with the organisation Field Broadcast, Infomoma (Frankfurt Equation) consisted of a series of live low action films broadcast from sites of interest during the last week of the exhibition. The transmission relates directly to the main work by White – a mobile cell mast, disguised as a Palm Tree. The top half of the 9 metre high object was suspended from the ceiling in Portikus, and acted as a point of transmission.
The title of the work ‘Infomoma’ refers to a card in the John Latham archive in which the artist tried to ‘Make a device which does less than any known amount’. The card related to a proposal for the ‘Information’ exhibition at MOMA in New York in 1970 and although no work by Latham was included, he later realised the project as two glass bulbs with vacuums, one inserted inside the other. The exploration of a void inside a void became one starting point for a work that explored how space and time is remediated and represented in the gallery and through online networks.
A research project undertaken with Portikus, Frankfurt 2014. Office of Experiments worked with Field Broadcast – artists Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith.
This project was realised during the exhibition God is Great (10 to the minus 19). The exhibition featured the work of the late British artist John Latham and contemporary work by Neal White.
During the exhibition, the work God is Great by John Latham was attacked by a small group who objected to the piece on religious grounds. The work was vandalised and an element was stolen. The exhibition was then closed for a week by Police. The work ‘God is Great’ was finally removed and replaced by an image and information on the work and the event for visitors. The show reopened a week after this event.