prOtOcOls nOn May 30 – July 19, 2014 Paris

prOtOcOls nOn  May 30 – July 19, 2014   Paris

JOSEPH NECHVATAL prOtOcOls nOn May 30 – July 19, 2014

Joseph Nechvatal will present, in a solo show at Galerie Richard, a series of new paintings on velvet entitled prOtOcOls nOn (nO rules) from May 30th to July 19th in the Paris gallery at 74, rue de Turenne.

Vernissage : samedi 7 juin 18-21h

Joseph Nechvatal is a post-conceptual artist who has worked with computer technology since 1986. His computer-assisted paintings and animations turn intimate details of the human body into pictorial units that are transformed by digital viruses. This work results in a contamination of the tradition of painting on canvas by artificial life software, thus creating an interface between the virtual and the actual that Nechvatal calls the viractual.

prOtOcOls nOn is a show of eight velvet canvases that are created through the artistic manipulation of images of intimate body parts as processed through custom artificial-life software.

The idea behind prOtOcOls nOn poeticly links the most upper and lower human openings to the vast inhuman cosmos. The paintings visually suggest that this includes the connecting of the black universe with the pink intimate velvety openings of the human body in a spirit of imaginative audacity and erotic spirituality.

Influences on this show include Manuel da Landa’s book Philosophy and Simulation and Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s avant-garde saxophone music.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 2 pm to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm


About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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