Nelmarie du Preez is in residence from 7 - 28 June at arebyte gallery in London.

arebyte gallery is pleased to announce that South African artist Nelmarie du Preez will take part in the last series of our gallery residencies and solo-shows for the Winter-Spring program. For the duration of the residency du Preez will spend time in the ‘lab’ where she will construct a new artwork following her previous work “Loops of relation” (2013), which explored the human-computer relationship by means of trust or performance ‘exercises’ performed by herself and her robot. 

du Preez proposes to re-design, build and programme the robot to re-establish a trusting relationship, between man and machine. Together they will go about to create a re-interpretation of a scene from Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times” (1936). The scene features the Billows feeding machine, which is used to feed Chaplin lunch. The ‘lab’ at arebyte will present a space for the (re)assembly line of the robot in response to the relation between Chaplin’s film, the post-digital age, immaterial labour and our fluctuating trust in technology. 

During the residency period the (re)assembly line will be broadcast online, periodically, with pre-recorded traditional ‘trust exercises’ performed by du Preez as well as found footage inserted as adverts/interruptions to the live ‘performance’ stream.  This will be showcased on the South African Online art platform where du Preez will also share preliminary research and a behind the scenes look at her previous projects.  Ultimately this project will culminate into a final documented performance video work that will form part of du Preez’s first solo-exhibition presented this October at arebyte, which will also include some of her previous works created in the past two years.