bOdy pandemOnium :: Immersion into Noise

Viral Venture: an excerpt

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Joseph Nechvatal – bOdy pandemOnium. Immersion into Noise

Exhibition runs: 25 April – 21 June 2015

Opening: 24 April 2015, 8PM
Artist Talk & Noise Music Concert: 25 April, 2PM

Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin

Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment
http://www.artlaboratory-berlin.org
info@artlaboratory-berlin.org

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Joseph Nechvatal, frOnt windOw retinal autOmata (l), rear windOw curiOsités (r) 2012, computer-robotic assisted paintings, 2x2m

Curators: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Joseph Nechvatal (born in 1951 in Chicago) is a post-conceptual artist working in digital art. He is one of the most important pioneers of ‘new media art’, but at the same time makes use of ‘old media’ (such as painting and drawing). What is phenomenal, and in our opinion relevant to the 21st century, is that his paintings are created through a use of custom artificial life software and computer robotics.

The exhibition, subtitled Immersion into Noise, is Nechvatal’s first solo show in Berlin and presents recent works to a Berlin audience alongside his eponymous book Immersion into Noise (2011). In that text, Nechvatal provides visual analogies to audio noise within the powerful effects of the act of 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).

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.

An Artist Talk with Noise Music Concert of his piece 3 pOstmOrtems will take place on the opening weekend, on Saturday, 25 April, 2pm.

For more information:
http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-exh-archive.htm
http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/

This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder

 

 
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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 http://openhumanitiespress.org/immersion-into-noise.html. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here: http://www.nechvatal.net
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