Tyler Coburn is a visual artist and writer based in New York. His practice, which includes writing, readings, performance, installation and video, focuses on modes of sociality and subjectivity facilitated by technology. One recent project, ‘I’m that angel’ (2012/2013), surveys data centres, co-location facilities and server farms: the sites that store ‘the cloud’. This project takes form as a book written from the perspective of a data content farmer and a series of intimate readings sited within the securitised conference rooms of such centres. These readings call attention to the physical and geopolitical realities underpinning the metaphors of diffuseness and immateriality that conventionally surround the Internet.
At Cove Park, Coburn will develop his research into the emergent forms of ‘ubiquitous’ urbanism. Working in an interdisciplinary manner, he will consider how this new mode of city planning endeavours to build metropolises-as-information networks.
Cove Park is committed to supporting established international artists and creating ways in which these individuals can engage with artists, organizations and audiences in Scotland. Previous international visual arts residents include Jumana Abboud, Bik van der Pol, Tania Pérez Córdova, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mariana Castillo Deball, Takahiro Iwasaki, Taro Izumi, Matt Keegan, Matts Leiderstam, Sean Lynch and Jan Verwoert.
Image: ‘I’m that angel’, 2012/13, book and performance.