Joseph Nechvatal: Destroyer of Naivetés

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Destroyer of Naivetés
by Joseph Nechvatal

Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2015. 110 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0692573129.
OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $15.00 [€12.00/£10.00]
in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

Published on Punctum Books, Destroyer of Naivetés by Joseph Nechvatal falls through the cracks of time, a decadent epic of the eye, a voyage through the abyss where eye becomes vision in excess of meaning and seems to lure us into a world of non-meaning and nonsense that is not so much a agon of the heart as of the intellect in search of an immanent revelation into the heart’s desires.

This work – not so much poetry, as a gob of light spattered across the black immiseration of our insanity, a metamorphosis on the surface of sex and farce, presenting a litany of surrealist and decadent forays into those crime-Worlds where as Bataille gloatingly reminds us the flesh secretly craves immersion: an excess of voice and gesture, a journey into the grotesque carnival of the…

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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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