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Andrew Pepper

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Artwork or Network was produced specifically for Rules of the Game, a series of overlapping exhibitions held at the Surface Gallery, Nottingham, during 2007. 

Based on a single Internet connected screen and simple set of instructions, it asked the gallery visitor to "leave" the space, find an Internet connected computer and log on to a specified web address.  


Once on line participants were asked whether they thought the installation they had seen in the gallery was an 'artwork' a 'network' or neither of these and to select a coloured rectangle to signify their opinion.  They also had the opportunity to leave their name, location and a website they would like other people to visit. Finally they were encouraged to invite 5 of their friends to do the same.

As more people took part, so more rectangles became 'occupied'. The image changed on a daily basis and the work was complete as soon as all of the rectangles were 'occupied'.

There were three ways to take part: Visit the Surface Gallery to collect the instructions, hear about the instructions by word of mouth, or by being invited by someone who has already taken part.  Much like the process involved in viewing an exhibition or particular work in a gallery.

Social connections 'spread' around the Internet - each person 'digitally' touching the next.


Invitation postcard located next to the installed screen.





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Andrew Pepper works with projected light, holography and installation.  Based in the UK,  he has exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions internationally and, as a senior lecturer in fine art at Nottingham Trent University, he taught on the BA (Hons) fine art course, the Master of Fine Art course and has acted as a PhD examiner for a wide range of key project-based research submissions.


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