Powering the Cloud – Katie Hallam


My practice began with creating work using new media technologies through the construction and deconstruction of digital imagery, coding and unintentional errors that occur in our technological experiences.

I continue to question the shape and form of digital culture and how this could be represented when it’s forced to slow down. I create work that goes against a logical order, that interprets the moments a “pure” digital system can stretch, navigate and reveal its nonsense within a physical space, even away from switched off devices. 

‘Powering the Cloud’ explores the connections between new media technology and archaic power, looking at geology, materiality of technology and the environmental implications and sustainability concerns with our future use of technology.

I wanted to visualise what our technological devices would become in, say 100 million years’ time – fossilised, leaked, buried, and extracted again.

Just before lockdown I had sourced large pieces of coal from the last remaining active quarry in Ayrshire, Scotland, and I am now in the process of casting, sculpting, scaling up and creating ambitious installation pieces that combine both my glitched digital photography printed on to aluminium, connected to the physical edges and faces of these rocks. These hypnotic digital-mineral hybrid works sit against a background of various open, natural and urban landscapes as I tease the question of a glitch in nature.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, I am a artist working primarily in digital photography and print but have recently moved into working with sculptural works combining geology and digital materials. Having taught art in Secondary Education for the past six years, I took this year to study an MA in contemporary art practice at Edinburgh College of Art to develop my portfolio and pursue a career creating and exhibiting work.

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