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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

Viral Venture in Micro Mondes at Musée du quai Branly

My a-life virus-modelled animation Viral Venture will be exhibited in the Micro Mondes show at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris from June 8th to Sept 11th. Viral Venture was made in collaboration with Stephane Sikora … Continue reading

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Review of Elizabeth Glaessner’s Four legs in a garden

My review of the Elizabeth Glaessner show Four legs in a garden at the Consortium Museum in Dijon has dropped at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art here: https://whitehotmagazine.com/…/in-garden-at-le…/5418

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Computer Virus Project II: Theoretical & Artistic Background/Context

Computer Virus Project II Theoretical & Artistic Background/Context Joseph Nechvatal 2002 My Computer Virus Project is grounded in a theoretical context that I developed in 1999 called viractuality (or viractualism). Broadly speaking, it is a theory that strives to see, understand, and create interfaces between the virtual … Continue reading

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Review of Vita Nuova: New issues for art in Italy 1960-1975

My review of the Vita Nuova: New issues for art in Italy 1960-1975 show at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice has been published at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art here: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/italy-1960-1975-at-mamac/5410

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Art review of Ellen Gallagher A law… a blueprint… a scale with Edgar Cleijne at Centro Botin, Santander

My art review of the Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne exhibition  A law… a blueprint… a scale at Centro Botin in Santander, Spain has been published at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art here:  https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/edgar-cleijne-at-centro-botin/5395 

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The Minóy Machine

My paper The Minóy Machine has been published in Arts (ISSN 2076-0752) Special Issue on Machine Art by MDPI Open Access Press here: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/11/3/54

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Viral Venture at Southampton Arts Center

my Viral Venture a-life animation (created with Stephane Sikora & Rhys Chatham in 2009) can be seen in the Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond show ~ curated by Colin Goldberg ~ at the Southampton Arts Center from APRIL 21 – JUNE … Continue reading

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Book Review of C is for Curator: Bice Curiger, A Life in Art

Bice Curiger & Andy Warhol in C is for Curator: Bice Curiger, A Life in Art My Book Review of C is for Curator: Bice Curiger, A Life in Art by Dora Imhof has been published at Whitehot Magazine of … Continue reading

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re-released of 1985 cassette album TRUE and FALSE ~

Bode Gustav MA Bodes & The Church of Noisy Goat have re-released on Bandcamp my 1985 cassette album TRUE and FALSE ~ 2 long collage tracks that correspond to 2 sides of a half hour long cassette tape where I … Continue reading

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Critic Pick: Steven Parrino OEuvre graphique (1989–2004)

My Critic’s Pick of the Steven Parrino OEuvre graphique (1989–2004) show at Galerie Loevenbruck Paris has been published at Artforum here: https://www.artforum.com/picks/steven-parrino-88357

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