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Oliver Sutherland
'Intermission' is a virtual space for the dissemination of contemporary art via digital broadcast. The project launched at Spike Island Open Studios in 2011 presenting a new work by Oliver Sutherland, 'The Rider'.

'Intermission' is an ongoing project.

The Rider is a three track audio work. Each track, or chapter consists of an original text re-shaped by feeding through text-to-speech software, which uses a preset voice. This alteration skews the emphasis and delivery of these texts and the result is a stuttered, jerky and computerised version of the original, which removes any familiarity you might have had if reading the texts yourself, or hearing them read by an un-altered voice. The chapters have a particular structure, which gives the impression you have entered halfway through – gobbets alluding to fictional places, animals or events that have the capacity to remove you from your immediate surrounding. As you hear the words you might find yourself trying to fill in the gaps or create visual images from the information given.

About this artist

Oliver Sutherland works across a range of media. His practice is influenced by a variety of sources including: science, belief systems and fiction, culminating in critical and subversive observations of serious and often humourless situations. Previous work has examined the more obscure language of digital media and digital processes reverting it to create highly visual hybridized artworks. For details of recent exhibitions visit Oliver’s website.