Gabey Tjon a Tham’s ‘If/Then’ opens at 4bid Gallery

The new installation explores our experience of computational time

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We are thrilled to present Gabey Tjon a Tham’s new installation If/Then as part of the first edition of FIBER Weekends 2018. The opening of If/Then takes place at the 4bid Gallery at OT301, Amsterdam at 20:15 on Saturday, 1 December.

Every day we are surrounded by machines and technological systems that have their very own internal clocks. The new installation, If/Then, by The Hague based artist Gabey Tjon a Tham seeks to make sense of these non-human systems of time we daily interact with. Our human perception of time is radically different than the workings of computational time and rules. We perceive time in a subjective and fluid way, while computer time, and rules, is measurable in strict and miniaturized sequences and programmed units. Inspired by quantum mechanics theory and code architecture, Gabey tries to reimagine a fundamental conditional statement ‘If/Then’ by implementing a natural, fluid element- water – in its execution process.

The ‘If/Then’ statement is used in computer programming to create a decision structure: if A happens, then B or C is executed. Adding in a fluid into this rigid decisions systems, Gabey opens up new and unexpected outcomes and interactions within digital systems. If/Then investigates a more flexible way of experiencing computational time that is closer to our own perception.

If/Then opens at the 4bid Gallery at OT301, Amsterdam on Saturday, 1 December from 20:15 to 01:00. During the opening, Gabey Tjon a Tham will introduce her work and discuss the research that informs the project. The installation will also be on display from 13:00 – 19:00 on Sunday, 2 December.

Practical Information

Opening If/Then

Date: Saturday, 1 December
Time: 20:15 – 01:00
Location: 4Bid Gallery
Address: Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam

Extra visiting hours

Date: Sunday, 2 December
Time: 13:00 – 19:00
Location: 4Bid Gallery
Address: Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam

FIBER Weekends 2018

If/Then is part of the inaugural edition of FIBER Weekends 2018 and runs concurrently with the Sensory Shifts: Club & Performance Night. Drop by OT301 after the opening to experience a night of cutting-edge audiovisual performance, electrifying live electronic music and the outer realms of contemporary club culture by the likes of NKISI, Szare, upsammy, CAO & Michael Tan and more.

The project is commissioned by FIBER and is created with the support of the Crossing Parallels programme (TodaysArt & TU Delft), Stroom and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.