BUDAPEST ART FACTORY PROJECT SPACE
September 8 – October 4, 2015
Budapest Art Factory (BAF) is proud to present viral castratO, an art installation by Joseph Nechvatal (USA), that opens on Tuesday, September 8, 7.30-9.00 pm. Introduced by Colleen Bell, Ambassador of the United States to Hungary with public conversation between the artist and art historian Delia Vekony.
Joseph Nechvatal is a post-conceptual artist and art theoretician who employs digital means to produce paintings and animations. He arrived to Budapest as the guest artist of BAF within its residency program. The centrality of his oeuvre acknowledges computer generated viruses as a creative stratagem. To address the merging of the biological and virtual, he coined the term viractual with which he extensively experiments through his work. In his paintings, the computer virus surfaces as the active agent which manipulates and corrupts the information stored in the image (the host) decreasing its integrity. On the other hand, the workings of these viral entities redefine the structure of the host, introducing novelties into the image system. Therefore their activity can be viewed as a constructive, creative process.
Joseph Nechvatal (b. 1951, Chicago) is based in Paris. His artworks are exhibited globally in galleries and museums on a regular basis. 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. His experience in teaching (SVA) and publishing activities is also significant – his book Immersion Into Noise (2011) served as a base for the show Noise held at the Venice Biennale 55, he is the artistic director of the Minóy Punctum book/cd, and regularly contributes to the cultural platform Hyperallergic with his critical writings.
Budapest Art Factory (BAF) is an artist run not-for-profit studio, exhibition and project space. Through its twofold residency program BAF provides a platform for the dialogue of contemporary art in an international context. BAF is home to five artists, Eszter Csurka, Levente Herman, Dóra Juhász, Márta Kucsora, Sándor Szász.
The artist residency program was launched in 2013. Within the framework of the program BAF invites internationally recognized artists for a month of creative experience. The residency culminates in a one-man show in which the artworks created during the program are in the focus.
The curator residency program was started in 2014. BAF invites internationally acknowledged curators to organize workshops, lectures, exhibitions or events in order to bring forward a special theme that is culturally relevant. The goal of the program is to explore and reflect upon the ideas, concepts introduced by the invited art professionals, to create a vivid arena for intellectual discourse.