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Packet Switching, the new work by Kate Southworth and Patrick Simons at Net:Reality

Packet Switching is a 37 minute encounter with the liminal space between ocean and land, between emotions and thoughts, and between reality and virtuality. It weaves together images, live text, found objects, sounds and words that were collected and processed over a 12 month period.

Blurring the boundaries between the tangible gallery and the transitory Internet, Net:Reality merges the ethereal notions of cyber space with the aesthetics of a physical exhibition.

Seven key practitioners of internet art were commissioned to create new artworks that simultaneously exist virtually and physically.

Rather than having a 'theme' for the artworks, the common denominator is the media itself and the unifying connections between the web (Net) and the physical (Reality) elements of the compositions. The artists in Net:Reality have each interpreted and implemented the amorphous relationships between these distinct spaces to create an exhibition of artworks diverse in concepts and aesthetics - harnessing the Internet and the gallery environment to investigate subjects ranging from emerging technologies to social science.

NET:REALITY is supported by Arts Council England and curated by Michael Takeo Magruder in partnership with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe and Q Arts, Derby. The exhibition was generated from an idea by Michael Takeo Magruder and Jess Loseby.

Net:Reality is showing at:


20-21 Visual Arts Centre : 23 July - 29 October 2005

Q Arts : 12 November – 17 December 2005
Peterborough Digital Arts : 19 January - 3 March 2006
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery : 2006
Lighthouse : 2006