Lan Gwuhj Geimz, 2020

Lan Gwuhj Geimz is a new commission by artist and 2013-14 OSE alumnus Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau. The work is about communication on the internet and it features three public seminars, new research and a series of digital artworks. It takes its title from the phonetic pronunciation of ‘language games’, a concept developed by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. For Wittgenstein, language games are different contexts which give words their meaning.

What kind of language games are played online? The internet has become central to the way we communicate, but our online experience is shaped by an economic model in which attention is the primary commodity. Over three seminars, Matthew will explore how artists can interrupt the language game constructed by the attention economy and create different kinds of encounters. Through these seminars, Matthew will work with the current OSE Associates to develop their online research into performativity, broadcast models, status relationships and negative emotions which will feed into a series of digital artworks.

The new artworks will be published as they are produced, existing as interventions on different online platforms, and eventually they will be collected together on a new Open School East website.

This commission will build on ideas first developed in ‘Interruptions’, a research project by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau & Sam Mercer that ran from 2015 to 2017, under the umbrella of The Bad Vibes Club. The Bad Vibes Club was started by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau while at OSE in 2014, and took the form of reading groups and lecture series around the broad theme of negative ethics.

#1: Performativity, Emotions and the Internet, Monday 20 April 2020

You can also find a transcript of the session here.

#2: Broadcasting and Status, Monday 18 May 2020
#3 Interruptions and The Attention Economy, Monday 15 June 2020

About the artist
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses ugliness and taste, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. His current research interests include exploring the awkward aesthetic possibilities of medieval art through painting and digital animation, utilising culturally abject food and other materials to make sculpture, and understanding the formation of reactionary political sentiments through affect theory and performance. An Associate of Open School East, 2013- 2014, he is currently resident artist at Kingsgate Workshops.