69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.


Shane Nicholas

14 April 2018–05 May 2018

Opening 13 April, 6–8pm

Aberrations are the deviations in form that occur, distinguishing a copy from the original. The forms in this exhibition are all copies that have been produced using imperfect methods of reproduction, causing the aberrations to produce new forms that are more definitive of the processes used in their production than how they relate to their parent forms.

This is a response to the use of online data collection to shape real world politics. As the means used to collect and filter data are limited by a lack of proper context and subject to fit a narrow purpose, the end model of such data collection is a poor reflection of its origins. The resulting world produced through covert data collection tactics is filled with distorted values and filtered perceptions, like an alternative universe that barely reflects its origins. This world is more descriptive of the desires and motivations of its algorithmic overlords than the needs of the populace from which it derived its data.

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  • Shane Nicholas is a Melbourne based artist who recently competed Master of Fine Arts by research at Victorian College of the Arts for which he received the Peter Redlich Memorial Art Prize. Nicholas’s art work has been included in solo or group exhibitions at C3 Art Space, Kings ARI, Arcade Projects, Trocadero Art Space, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Dominik Mersch Gallery and Linden Centre for contemporary Art. Nicholas’s work focuses on the reflexive relationship that technology shares with humanity; technology is adapted to meet the needs of humanity and in turn, its users adapt their lifestyles in response to their favoured technologies.