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Skinner's Room

Skinner's Room
Skinner's Room
The motif of Skinner’s room recurs through William Gibson’s Bridge trilogy as a place of refuge. It is a shack knocked together from salvage, suspended high on the bridge tower, a place where things and images, old tech and new tech are recombined into makeshift forms. A space for assimilation, where stories are woven together and electricity applied.
It is the birds-nest vantage point of a post-devaluation community. In Gibson’s world metaphor is ‘a component like acapacitor’. Here the thought-form fiction of Skinner’s Room is the imaginary location to collect the works manifest in this real life show: A glitched lunar eclipse, a lacquered board, the crackling sound of code dysfunction, a star field of full stops, a speculative map of sound samples, wooden three letter words and a print, painted over, that could just be an image of Skinner’s Room.
We didn’t decide anything.
But somehow it happened.
From Five Years you can see the city
Harland, E.J.
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Minkin, L.
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Wells, Stephen
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Morales, C.
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(2009) Skinner's Room.

Record type: Art Design Item

Abstract

The motif of Skinner’s room recurs through William Gibson’s Bridge trilogy as a place of refuge. It is a shack knocked together from salvage, suspended high on the bridge tower, a place where things and images, old tech and new tech are recombined into makeshift forms. A space for assimilation, where stories are woven together and electricity applied.
It is the birds-nest vantage point of a post-devaluation community. In Gibson’s world metaphor is ‘a component like acapacitor’. Here the thought-form fiction of Skinner’s Room is the imaginary location to collect the works manifest in this real life show: A glitched lunar eclipse, a lacquered board, the crackling sound of code dysfunction, a star field of full stops, a speculative map of sound samples, wooden three letter words and a print, painted over, that could just be an image of Skinner’s Room.
We didn’t decide anything.
But somehow it happened.
From Five Years you can see the city

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Accepted/In Press date: March 2009

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Local EPrints ID: 149495
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/149495
PURE UUID: a95302a6-05ca-4df3-9df4-45c5f3499b30

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Date deposited: 05 May 2010 13:38
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 19:26

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Other: E.J. Harland
Curator of an exhibition: L. Minkin
Other: Stephen Wells
Other: C. Morales

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