Art Laboratory Berlin
Press preview: 24 April 2015, 6PM
Opening: 24 April 2015, 8PM
Artist Talk & Noise music concert: 25 April, 2PM
Exhibition runs: 25 April – 21 June 2015
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment
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The exhibition bOdy pandemOnium, with the subtitle Immersion into Noise, will present Nechvatal’s recent work to a Berlin audience alongside his eponymous book from 2011: Immersion into Noise. In that text, Nechvatal provides visual analogies to audio noise within the powerful effects of the act of immersion. He does so by discussing visual and conceptual noise within the history of art and architecture; from Lascaux cave through Baroque art and Rococo architecture to modern and contemporary art. This publication was also the basis for the exhibition Noise at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) which explored visual noise in contemporary art through an aesthetic of excess and immersion.
In the bOdy pandemOnium exhibition, and in Nechvatal’s work in general, the term viractualism, meaning the interface between the biological and the technological, plays an essential role: “The basis of the viractual conception is that virtual producing computer technology has become a noteworthy means for making and understanding contemporary art. This brings art to a place where one finds the merging of the computed (the virtual) with the uncomputed corporeal (the actual).”
Parallel to his theoretical research, Nechvatal has created a series of paintings and projections that show a C++ custom virus program (created with the programmer Stephane Sikora) invading, destroying and transforming his painterly art images based on intimate parts of the human body. In the exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, two large computer-robotic assisted paintings will be on display: frOnt windOw retinal autOmata (2012) and rear windOw curiOsites (2012).
As the artist says of his work: “My digital paintings conjure up an enigmatic world that signals the dynamic critical intricacy of a contemporary practice engaged in the fragile wedding of image production and image resistance. Through my use of intimate human body parts under pressure from software, I hope to bring a subversive reading to computational media by presenting an artistic consciousness of the body that articulates concerns regarding surveillance, encryption, safety, privacy, identity and objectivity.”
Also on view will be one of his famous viral computer software de-generative works: Viral Venture (2011). It is accompanied by a musical score for two hundred electric guitars by the composer Rhys Chatham.
In addition, for his first his solo exhibition in Berlin, we will add documentation of Nechvatal audio works: including his viral symphOny, a computer de-generating composition. An artist talk with noise music concert of his piece 3 pOstmOrtems will take place during the exhibition.
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