Deborah Smith Projects | Contemporary Arts Organisation

I Want! I Want! – Art and Technology

This exhibition from the Arts Council Collection features work by artists that have been influenced by the rapid development of technology over the last 20 years. The approach of each of the 28 artists to their practice is different, resulting in a rich and divergent view of the world and the culture that surrounds us.

The artists have made work using computer animation, videos, computer graphics, audio, photography, drawing and gaming technology, which can be explored through films, moving image, sculptures, paintings, interactive games, small and large scale drawings. The artworks themselves tackle a range of themes such as human relationships, surveillance and the habits of modern society.

The title is inspired by the etching I Want! I Want! created by the artist William Blake over two hundred years ago, depicting a tiny figure standing before a celestial ladder that leads up to the crescent moon, acting as a metaphor for humankind’s ability to dream – and turn ideas into reality.

Artists include: Ed Atkins, John Gerrard, Marcus Coates, Ryan Gander, Cao Fei, Dryden Godwin, Shezad Dalwood, Michael Fullerton, Daria Martin, Alan Currall, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Stefan Gec, Brian Griffiths, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Edwin Li, Rachel Maclean, Julian Opie, Gary Perkins, Clare Strand, Thomson & Craighead, Toby Ziegler, Aleksandra Mir, Fiona Rae, Paul Pfeiffer, Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, William Blake,  Massinissa Selmani,

Exhibition designed by Manalo & White
Graphic design by Fraser Muggeridge Studio.

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
1 April – 1 October 2017


Installation view.

Installation view.

Images / 3d model / Learning programme

IMG_6853 Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, 2007 Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015 I Want! I Want! (Installation view)Ryan Gander, The First Grand National, 2003 John Gerrard, Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma), 2015


I Want! I Want! - Art and Technology Matterport 3d model


Activity Programme
I Want! I Want! Activity Programme