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Walter van Rijn | Unconsumable Global Luxury Dispersion (2014-ongoing)


Unconsumable Global Luxury Dispersion (UGLyD) is a project that collects and disperses artwork
titles from art collections or exhibitions. In collaboration with the John Hansard Gallery, Walter van
Rijn
has aggregated 1200 artwork titles from work exhibited in the gallery and offsite events over
the decade, 2003-2013. Based on this material, van Rijn is creating an ongoing reimagining and
re-materialisation of the gallery's archive in many different forms: digital, physical, hybrid objects
and events.

The John Hansard Gallery's archive becomes transformed from an institutional static database
located in the 'back office', into something that is open access and constantly performs or visualises
the gallery's exhibition history. This page will give an overview of the current state of this project
as it evolves over time. It is anticipated that UGLyD will also gain physical form as an installation in
John Hansard Gallery’s city centre location, as part of Southampton’s New Arts Complex, opening
2016.
 
UGLyD consists of what the artist calls modules which can be seen on their own or in combination
with other modules and works. The project as artwork is conceived as a dynamic entity that is located
between multiple sources, temporary visualisations and possible manifestations. 
 
So far the following modules have been published:
 
• Boxed Objects On Pallets
The exhibition history of the John Hansard Gallery shows a vast range of artworks passing through
the Gallery over a long period of time. All the works are connected, not only by the rationale of the
Gallery and its curatorial decisions, but also by the physical movement of the objects.
 
walterBoxed Objects On Pallets, installation view, 2015, Winchester Gallery. Photo: Walter van Rijn

Art works arrive on this location, are displayed, then sent away. Art works go through cycles of
visibility and invisibility, for instance, at certain times they are boxed up for transit or storage. In
addition, the Gallery is always open or closed, making the artwork accessible or not. Periodically
the Gallery is closed to the public for a longer period of time, during which the exhibition is changed
and the works are moved. Boxed Objects On Pallets refers to the distribution of art by the Gallery
and the artist.
 

To replicate this notion on a daily basis, I have created three ringtones for public use: one ringtone 
called 'Open' for receiving work, one called 'Closed' for sending work, and one called 'Circulating'
as ringtone, reminding us that works are being exhibited in the Gallery.

 
• TD014HansardGallery
The artist's archive of artwork titles from work exhibited at John Hansard Gallery between 1 March
2003 and 17 August 2013. It is available online to download in the form of a PDF poster (A0 size) or
CSV file here

• Of Fig Untitled No In To Title I Portrait With Series Concetto Self Joy
An artist's book based on the fourteen most frequently used words (if one would omit the words the,
a, and, on, from, at in the titles from the exhibited artworks. The omitted words are laser cut into the
book. A PDF version of the book is available online at Issuu.


 
• SymLogiDIN
Font software created by the artist and used in all the text based works. The font is published and
made available through the Open Font Library website.
 
 • msgfile-mag.pd
Software written with PureData, which generates the visualisation of a database, using computer,
AV equipment and the SymLogiDIN font. The software and hardware apparatus creates and ongoing
visualisation of one title after the other, unpacking the exhibition history one work at a time.
 
One manifestation of this work was exhibited in 2014 at the Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library on the
University of Southampton’s Highfield campus. In this exhibition a computer and monitor was used
which date from the same time as the first set of data was collected, 2003. Equipment used: Apple
Power Mac G4, with OS X 10.3, and Pro Nitron monitor 17/750.

A short sequence can be viewed below.


 
• Caution: Unconsumable Global Luxury Dispersion, printed vinyl tape, 50mm x 66m, multiple
The tape is used to seal all boxed up and dispersed work, a seal that needs to be broken in order
for the work to be consumed. It marks the transition between a work in a boxed up condition, and
an opened up condition. The breaking of the tape and the unpacking is an event that might be
performed alongside the running of the software mentioned earlier.
 


For further information on Walter van Rijn and this project, please visit the artist's website.