Arnar Ásgeirsson | Online platform
The Great Escape
Cosmos Carl – Platform Parasite, online platform
Opening on Friday the 17th of August
Cosmos Carl is proud to present ‘The Great Escape’ a mini comic by Arnar Ásgeirsson.
The link to the work will be launched on www.cosmoscarl.co.uk on Friday the 17th of August 2018 at 4pm (UK).
Arnar Ásgeirsson tells stories in various forms, with text and spoken word, videos, drawings, performances, installations and sculptures.
By combining and mixing and applying the right spices, Arnar creates work that takes the viewer on a journey of new discoveries and perspectives. With appropriating objects and putting them in motion as characters into new scenarios, hoping to create new unexpected narratives.
Sometimes the creations have a functional aspect to them. With the possibility to be handled, used or even consumed. They create a moment of participation or performance by whoever is brave enough to interact. By having this element of function to them, the work often cries out for collaboration of other creators of different disciplines. Other subjects more of the emotional kind, dealing with emotional curves and the search for happiness.
Cosmos Carl – Platform Parasite is an online platform that hosts nothing but links provided by the artist. Be it encrypted, inside an archive, available through open source software, live-streamed, downloadable, in a webshop, on the dark web, or on streetview, the CC work, although on public display, is directly accessible through the hyperlinks displayed on the website.
CC encourages artists to reclaim (commercial) online platforms to produce and display their art. This means that the work is displayed on a website that is neither designed nor hosted by the artist.
The fact that the work is made on an existing online platform implies that visitors may stumble upon it, not necessarily viewing it as art.
Examples of platforms so far explored are: drive.google.com, torrent.net, ebay.com, hostmypdf.com, docs.google.com pinterest.com jsfiddle.netyoutube.com maps.google.com maps.google.com soundcloud.comvimeo.com earth.google.com aws.amazon.com tumblr.commegaupload.com facebook.com kickstarter.com clyp.it etsy.comcastingcallpro.com vodlocker.com airbnb.com sketchfab.cominstagram.com
* CC is run by Frederique Pisuisse & Saemundur Thor Helgason
** Typeface of CC: ‘Cosmos Skrift’ by Gnax Type
About the artist
Arnar Ásgeirsson was born in 1982 in Reykjavik, Iceland. His practice involves video works, drawings, installations and sculptures with performative aspects. The work deals with questions of creative ownership, originality, and the differences between creating and copying. By introducing objects into new scenarios, the possibility of unexpected narratives emerges.