Line Work

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed Street
Greenway ACT

Line Work

an exhibition of works by Caren Florance at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre


6 pm Thursday 4 July 2019


10am–6pm Monday–Friday & 10am–4pm Saturday

Subvert and convert the online hurt

Line Work builds on Florance’s research into online misogyny and trolling. This exhibition uses new and old systems of communication to explore ways to subvert and convert the hurt that we often carry around with us after encountering insults and verbal attacks in person and online.

Abstraction is the main strategy: words morph into webs of lines that simultaneously disconnect and connect. This is unloading, not downloading.

A screen capture from a code art work
Line Work by Caren (screen grab from Bad Keys)

Bad Keys

Bad Keys is a code art work by Tim Brook in collaboration with Caren Florance. It is presented in two parts: a digital video loop and an interactive installation.

Each sequence in the digital video traces the path on a qwerty keyboard made by the fingers of an incel as he types a hateful comment about a woman. The list of insults was compiled by Caren Florance from live posts she found on the Web.

The interactive component allows viewers uncensored access to a keyboard that produces no text; instead, each keystroke adds to a slowly-fading path on the screen.

Bad Keys (in use)
Bad Keys interactive installation at TAC
Line Work (poor impulse control) (detail)
Line Work (poor impulse control) (detail) Caren Florance 2019