Dougal Verinder Gedge
I am Dougal Verinder Gedge.
My current interests include :
- Digital Garden Spaces (Y2K-Pre Trump)
- Human relationships with Artificial Intelligence
- Noise Music
- Net Excavation
- The role of the Author and Audience within Art
- Rock Climbing
- Long Distance Running
Winner of the Varley Award 2020, in partnership with Louise Gholam
Shortlisted for the Royal College of Art x Pokemon Scholarship 2020
Falmouth University, Graphic Design (BA) (First Honours)
Hochschule Augsburg, Germany, Visual Communication (BA)
Timothy Donaldson, Luke Pendrell, Mafalda Spencer, Ken Hollings, Brian Clarke, Jens Masmann
"Studying both Graphic Design and Conceptual Art has located Dougal Verinder Gedge within the middle-ground between what would be considered ‘Design’ and ‘Art’. A youth experienced through the Internet has heavily influenced his work, obliging him to question the meaning of ‘authenticity’ in both the physical and digital realms. Self-professing his work to be experimental by nature, Gedge seeks to constantly question and raise awareness of topics which the general public would normally overlook."
- Artists Statement
"...Gedge is a deluxe example of what the future holds for graphic design, art and communication. Untold cheek that’s demolishing new grounds through his free reign over visual language and identity. Part climber, part runner part societal critic, Dougal somehow straddles many worlds, the thematic brainchild of this synergy is like a fresh new baby of an unknown race, a kind of more socially acceptable version of Nietzsche's übermensch; not to be ignored, lest we miss Zarathustra’s redemptive message..."
- Interview with Loose Lips, 2020
Super Soaker — Inkjet print on A4
ITT: Post Battlestations — Inkjet print on A4
Power Objects — Inkjet print on A4
Net Excavation — The show starts at around the 3-minute mark. The second episode of the new series of net excavation, live on Export Radio. In this episode, Dougal surfs archived sites from the Geocities archive, in the search of strange and obtuse imagery, bloggers and more.
My model(s) — The building blocks of my artistic world view. A primordial soup of Aphex Twin and ADHD medication. A cement mixer of Neo-shamanism and Bruce Nauman. The iceberg presents my most integral influences and experiences as an interconnected chain of floating signifiers to help create a model of emergent identity, rather than a model of my emergent practice. Hear an explanation in the link provided!
"... (yet) many remain skeptical of web surfing as an art practice. These skeptics are confused about surfing because they move the internet around like forks at a dinner party. They see the web as a practical and entertaining service: Amazon.com, United.com, Ebay and Facebook and iTunes. They bounce around on the exterior of banners and buttons. They're information brats. INFObrats are on the web for obligations in their material and practical lives. They shop, instant message, pay bills, relay practical data, and consume.
Not everyone on the web is looking for practical information. Some look to remove the fork from the dinner table and set it into a frame of their own devising. Some pay homage to the fork as it is. Some treat the web not as a shopping mall, but as a spiritual realm. They work towards the glorification of the web and the spirit that constructs it. They work for no reward other than the credibility bestowed on them by fellow surfers. They are not just surfers, but monks. Behind the shopping mall of the web there are beautiful gardens being cultivated by these INFOmonks."
-Kevin Bewersdorf, Spirit Surfing, 2008
Medium:performance, inkjet onto paper, macbook
"I must not be frightened" — Written for the 'Bright Labyrinth' lecture series with Ken Hollings. Published in ART WORK Magazine Issue 1 amongst other artists : Jamila Prowse, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Lorén Elhili, Maria Fusco, Naomi Accardi, Rehana Zaman, Rhea Dillon, Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan, Sinéad O’Dwyer and Rene Matić. Founder/Editor: Róisín Tapponi Art Direction/Designers : Dateagle Art
Script for Poem 2
Export Radio : Talking with Elliot — Lecture starts at exactly 1 minute. Dougal Verinder Gedge talks with AI enthusiast, Graphic Designer and recent Kingston Graduate Elliott Elder about AI and GAN culture. The pair also create discourse surrounding the ethics of GAN usage, gatekeeping of aesthetic and the balance of both speculative and physical experience when confronted by computational art and the floating signifiers that surround 'it' in 2020. Social links: @ell.yot https://elliottelder.co.uk
"What does it mean to be frightened by Artificial Intelligence? I could revisit existentialist philosophy? The properties of a world or environment are on a connected chain, so incomprehensibly massive, that the infinite signifier of life itself garners one to feel nauseous and disconnected from existence itself. Spectatorship of this very ‘real’ sensation draws me to some of my preferred interests such as authorship and sentimentality. Instead of drawing to these conclusions I have routed towards in past conversations and writing, I will conclude this thought with that of Brecht’s ‘epic theatre’. A spectator becomes an observer. The human being is the object of the inquiry. Physical humans are spectators of the non-human, digitised new life. Which once birthed is transmuted and warped beyond rational control. The non-physical self sets the stage of discourse beyond reason and instruction. The properties of a self-programmed world are interconnected so much that the infinite signifiers of life garner one to feel disconnected from existence itself."
Find a complete collection of AI experiments and writings in the weblink provided.
Medium:artificial intelligence, essay, discussion, performance
Export Radio x Royal College of Art 24-Hour Livestream! — The Export Radio team propose an opportunity to construct a broadcasting workspace for the Royal College of Art. It will act as a supportive platform for this year's graduates to share their current ideas, proposals and works of art, acting as a collaborative space in concurrency with the 2021 WIP show. The 24-Hour stream will include: - roundtables with other Arts and Design universities in the UK/EU - interviews with Graduates and tutors - visual and sonic workshops presented by students and more!
Our station is Internet-based and led by Experimental Communication students at the Royal College of Arts of London. We curate weekly showcases of music, conversation, and interview, collected from both RCA students and further afield. This sonic-satellite is an opportunity to re-invigorate the public through worldwide collaboration and discussion, whilst also building bridges in a post-Brexit, mid-Covid-19 environment.
WHY & HOW?
Used as a knowledge-sharing and collaborative platform, Export Radio offers a parallel space for students to reflect on WHAT they are learning about, but especially HOW they are taught at the RCA. In the context of the Work In Progress show, students felt the need to find a more humane and interactive way to share their work, their concerns regarding the institution they are studying in, but also their professionalization. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, once we leave the RCA?
Following this thought, the team at Export has put together a 24hours Livestream which will feature performances, roundtables, Q&As… It will offer students another format for visibility, getting their voices heard within and outside the ‘walls’ of the RCA. To close-up the Work In Progress show week, Export is organising an AFTERPARTY open to all! Starting with a workshop on EXperimental COMmunity Radios hosted by RCA tutors and students alike, the party will then carry on with DJ sets takeovers from 5pm onwards. Keep tuned!
We’re looking forward to ‘hear’ from you and meet you on our audio-visual waves!
Both events will be hosted on Export Radio’s website : www.exportradio.club
POSTERS BY: Dougal Verinder Gedge
LOGOTYPE & VISUALS BY: Louise Gholam
Medium:website, audio, print
Memory neo-shamanism — A neo-shamanistic discovery of the old web of the 2000's, picturing myself as a nomad of the net. I visit old memories, empty chatrooms and virtual worlds to speculate what the word 'ruin' represents in the current digital timeline. more : https://dougalgedge.angelfire.com/memory-neo-shamanism.html
A collection of works and images. Collated from 2019-2021.
These and more can be found on my site, found in the link(s) provided.