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Digital upcycling – an artistic experiment.

Upcycling is a way of dealing sustainably with physical resources. Upcycling creates a new life cycle for an object that has already served its original function, repurposing it for further use. We want to test the idea of upcycling as a speculative and artistic method in relation to digital resources.

The exchange will be launched in the form of six digital studio visits. Artists will show us their desktops, providing an insight into their artistic digital practice. Files, tabs, programmes and their uses will be introduced. In this way, just like a classical studio visit, we gain insight into their artistic practices and digital routines.

The goal of the studio visits is to identify files and data that have not been used during a project, discovering fragments that, for various reasons, have not been pursued and lie forgotten. Each time, a pair of artists swap their data, creating a new work of art from that material. These experiments will then be presented in a digital exhibition.