A DVD publication and film programme curated by curated by Dave Griffiths and Nick Jordan which toured internationally between 2003-2004, supported by Arts Council England. CODEC/X features new short works by 26 artists, aiming to promote collaboration and sonic and visual experimentation. CODEC/X presents 65 minutes of diverse work, with challenging and often humorous themes embedded to materials and processes – including animation, performance, text, noise, concept, narrative, found objects, tape and abstraction. It unpacks a playful list of new proposals, aiming to encourage discourse about technology, materials, and conventions in contemporary practice. The artists explore tensions between perfection & instability; the minutiae of spaces and moments; the inscription and abandonment of laws; creation of light and time; complexity of language and meaning, and the architecture in ‘intelligent’ machines.
CODEC/X was launched at Zion Art Centre, Manchester in September 2003, and then toured internationally throughout the UK, Rotterdam, Belgrade, Wroclaw, Bergen, Tallinn, Victoria Island Canada, Miami, Winnipeg, Darwin and Hong Kong. Selected works from the publication were also screened in Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Lancaster, Nottingham, Norwich, Hull, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Lisbon, Prague, Valencia, Paris, Berlin, Perm City, Brooklyn, Montreal, Indianapolis, Austin, Chiang Mai and Melbourne.