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About josephnechvatal

Joseph Nechvatal is an American post-conceptual artist who creates virus-modeled artificial life computer-assisted paintings and animations. Themes he has addressed in his art include the apocalyptic, communication excess, the virus, and gender fluidity. In 1975, he moved from Chicago to the downtown Tribeca area of New York City. He began studying at Columbia University with the philosopher Arthur Danto while working for the Dia Art Foundation as archivist to the minimalist composer La Monte Young. In 1980, he moved from Tribeca to the sordid Lower East Side where he found artistic camaraderie and politically inspired creative energy. There he became closely associated with Collaborative Projects (Colab), the influential post-punk artists’ group that included Kiki Smith and Jenny Holzer, among others. Those were glory days for the famous Colab projects, such as Just Another Asshole, The Real Estate Show and The Times Square Show. He also helped establish the non-profit cultural space ABC No Rio, where exhibitions were animated by political purpose. In the early 1980s, his art consisted of dense post-minimalist gray graphite drawings (that were sometimes photo-mechanically enlarged), of sculpture, of photographs, and of musique concrète audio collages. In 1983, he co-founded the famous avant-garde art music project Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine. In 1984, he created an opera called XS: The Opera Opus (1984-6) with the no wave musical composer Rhys Chatham that was presented in Boston and New York. In 1986, Nechvatal began using computer-robotics to make conceptual paintings. Some were exhibited at Documenta VIII in 1987. In 1992, when he was artist-in-residence at the Louis Pasteur Atelier in Arbois and at the Saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans, he created computer virus codes that he used as an artistic tool. This work was a reflection on his personal experiences of risk and loss with the AIDS epidemic. In 1999, he earned his doctorat in the philosophy of aesthetics and technology in England and soon wrote two art theory books: Towards an Immersive Intelligence and Immersion Into Noise. In 2001, he extended his initial experimentations into the virus as an artistic painterly tool in a series of artificial life works. These works include various series of paintings, animations, and a lengthy audio composition entitled viral symphOny. He has created a series of virus-based themed exhibitions of artificial life paintings and animation projections that explore the fragility and fluidity of the human body. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage: http://www.nechvatal.net

Installation views of Turning the Viral Tempest at Galerie Richard 74 rue de Turenne Paris 75003

Turning the Viral Tempest at Galerie Richard, 74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris from September 3rd to October 22nd, 2022 ~ details here: https://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/TurningVT/TurningtheViralTempest.html

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Syling Sagaciousness: Oh Great No!

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Orlando Turning the Viral Tempest II

Orlando Turning the Viral Tempest II (2022) is a virus-modeled a-life animation connected to my Fall 2022 art exhibition Turning the Viral Tempest (Tournant de la tempête virale) at Galerie Richard ~ 74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris ~ that … Continue reading

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Orlando Turning the Viral Tempest

Orlando Turning the Viral Tempest (2022) is a virus-modeled a-life animation connected to my Fall 2022 art exhibition Turning the Viral Tempest (Tournant de la tempête virale) at Galerie Richard ~ 74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris ~ that runs … Continue reading

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Turning the Viral Tempest ~ opening September 3rd

Joseph Nechvatal Turning the Viral Tempest  (Tournant de la tempête virale) Galerie Richard 74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris September 3rd – October 22nd, 2022 “An invisible circulating virus has humbled our powers of perception. Its human-to-human transmission essentially steers culture … Continue reading

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Victory Over a Black Flag (1983)

My Victory Over a Black Flag (1983) 9×12in graphite on paper drawing has been sold to Alan W. Moore (Milwaukee) at Artsy. Provenance: The Adam Baumgold Gallery in NYC.

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Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine playback session at Approaching Downtown: Avant-Garde Cultural Production in New York City, 1970s – 1990s

July 12th, 2022, from 16.00 – 17.00, I presented a Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine playback session at the Approaching Downtown: Avant-Garde Cultural Production in New York City, 1970s – 1990s seminar at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. TELLUS … Continue reading

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Review of the restoration of Mathias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece

My review of the restoration of Mathias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece at the Musée d’Unterlinden in Colmar France has been published at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art here: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/restoration-isenheim-altarpiece/5460

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naked nOise carnival (2022) published on ASSEMBLAGE EFFECTS

my 4:33 audio track naked nOise carnival (2022) has been published on the ASSEMBLAGE EFFECTS compilation project that was issued July 7th 2022 by the Institute For Alien Research in Bath, UK on bandcamp here: https://ifarmusiqueconcretecompilation.bandcamp.com/track/naked-noise-carnival

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TRUE and FALSE (1985) Included in The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp

The Church of Noisy Goat re-release of my 1985 audio collage cassette tape True and False has been selected as one of The Best Experimental Music projects on Bandcamp by Marc Masters here: https://daily.bandcamp.com/best-experimental/the-best-experimental-music-on-bandcamp-june-2022 ~ Marc Masters writes: The work of Joseph Nechvatal encompasses … Continue reading

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