Artist Jem Finer is in the process of developing a new artwork for Cambridge CB1 station area entitled Supercomputer as part of the programme for public art. Supercomputer is a functioning computer made from a series of beautifully constructed and designed pipes, it will be enclosed in a glass fronted pavilion, similar to the mainframe computers of the 1970’s. Supercomputer will be designed to play pitched percussive instruments incorporated in the structure, in effect turning the computer into a composing calculator creating new compositions over a 179 year period.. The sounds generated by the sculpture will be relayed through a speaker system incorporated in the pavilion’s structure, which will be activated at certain points of the day.
Jem Joined us at Aid & Abet on 3rd May to introduce Supercomputer.
From mid July – 4th September Jem will be using the back gallery space at Aid & Abet
Through July and August Jem will be developing plans for supercomputer using the space as a studio. For the exhibition in September Jem will activate the Back Gallery through the construction of a large and beautiful diagrammatic three-dimensional thread drawing to the scale of the proposed supercomputer which will be the dimensions of a shipping container and reminiscent of mainframe computers.
Jem Finer, a UK-based artist, musician and composer has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, illustration and experimental and popular music, with an enduring fascination with time and space being the main impetus behind much of his work. This included the Artangel commission Longplayer, an algorithmic musical composition that began at midnight on 31 December 1999 and will continue for one thousand years until the next millennium.
Among his other works are Score For a Hole In the Ground, 2005; a permanent, self-sustaining musical installation in a forest in Kent, which relies only on gravity and the elements to be audible.