Anna Barham’s screensaver starts with a result of a google image search for the word “leisure”. The search term has then been progressively entered into the lines of letters and symbols making up the image’s digital structure causing the image to spasmodically shift place and colour as it complicates itself line by line. The work addresses several connections between text and image in a digital world, not only between a search term and its results – a one way correspondence which yields an image at once to vague and too specific to be able to work reliably in the other way round – but also between image as text (code) and the effect of natural language on that code. The word has a gestural impact on the image both as it is inserted into it, changing its appearance, but also in combination with it – as title/description – producing a particular nuance or sense. Language itself is approached here, and in Barham’s practice more broadly, as a technology to be hacked, to harness the capacity of word combinations and slippages to affect the imagination and create possible worlds.
Anna Barham works with video, writing and live events. She lives and works in London. Anna was commissioned by Beacon Art Project to produce a work for ‘Profusion’ one of 10 artists exhibited at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire a National Trust property in 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions, performances and commissions include Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Composite, Brussels and Rotterdam Film Festival (2015); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2014); Site Gallery, Sheffield and MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2013). Recent group exhibitions and screenings include Centre Pompidou, Paris and Künstlerhaus KM–, Graz, Austria (2015); STUK, Leuven (2014); South London Gallery, London and Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013).