Crate exhibition examines data overload and life without wi-fi

When the clouds come in opens at Crate tonight

A new show at art studios Crate poses the question – as online and offline combine, where do we store our dreams, in our heads or in Google?

‘When the clouds come in’ is a new exhibition curated by QT collective, featuring works by Aimee Walker, Jawbone Jawbone, Keiken ft. George Jasper Stone + Nati Cerutti, and Lois Hopwood.

Between them, the artists work in sound, performance, sculpture, video and text. The artists promise immersive experiences and interactive art, and the exhibition will explore the latest technologies.

‘When the clouds come in’ runs from today (October 26) to November 14 at Crate, an artist-led space with studios and project space housed in an old print works just off Margate’s High Street.

The opening tonight is from 6pm-9pm and the exhibition will then be open Thursday – Sunday Noon-4pm or by appointment.

As part of this exhibition, there will be two public events. On Saturday, November 3, from 3pm-5pm, Aimee Walker and Emily Simpson will lead a meditation workshop.

They say: “Leave those texts unread, put your phone on airplane mode, and join an afternoon of guided meditation. We have to ‘remind’ our modern minds to be mindful – it’s easy to lose ourselves in the likes, keep our heads in the cloud. Sometimes we’re too busy living our best life to actually live our best life.”

On Saturday, November 10, from 3pm-5pm, the exhibition will host the latest in the Crate Conversations series with Ralph Pritchard and Emily Simpson. The two artists will talk about digital detoxes. As online and offline combine, we need to update our manual for ‘good health’ to include our social media selves. Do we need to update our ideas on intimacy as we update our browsers?

Join the artists for a juice and an informal discussion on data and what it really means to have no wifi.

QT collective are the winners of this year’s Crate Curatorial Open, which was funded by Crate Studio and Project Space and Arts Council England.

Report Dan Thompson