viral castratO

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Joseph Nechvatal
viral castratO
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.

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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 You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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