Telematic Quarantine for Digital Art Collection

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
EditionEIGENHEIM Edition #5
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021
EventPräsentation und Ausstellungseröffnung
DIGITAL ART COLLECTION: Ein Projekt von EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin in Kooperation mit dem mkv
- EIGENHEIM Berlin/Weimar, Kantstraße 28, 10623 Berlin (DE), Berlin, Germany
Duration: 1 Oct 20216 Nov 2021
https://www.galerie-eigenheim.de/exhibitions/eigenheim-edition-5-digital-art-collection/

Bibliographical note

The digital is real. Our everyday lives are significantly shaped by technologies such as the Internet, smartphones and computers. Such technologies are constantly dissolving boundaries between physical and virtual spaces and connecting these spheres together. Art as a mirror of our time uses these media to freshly approach both artistic forms and contemporary discourses. In doing so, the works make us aware of opportunities and challenges, forcing us to examine them on a content-related, formal and technical level.

EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin’s fifth edition box is focused on digital art. In cooperation with the medienkunstverein (mkv), their edition shows the artworks of thirty international artists. The constitutive element of the box is the NFC chip technology (Near Field Communication), which serves as a data exchange point for activating the works on the enclosed tablet. Integrated into individual wooden cuboids, the NFC chips contain the activation links for the respective artworks. If the viewer approaches one of the cuboids with the tablet, the artistic position is displayed and can be experienced on screen. The edition box creates a collective presentation of digital art in an intuitive way and uses different media formats such as video, AR, GIFs or 360° applications, enabling different forms of interaction simultaneously.

Through compiling the individual works, a multi-layered picture of digital art in general emerges. Embedded in a cuboid, each position manifests in analog space. The haptic cubes physically represent the immaterial works. Here, the form refers to the pixel — the smallest image point — and visualizes the digital image’s nature. The surface design is based on circuit board structure, which as an essential computer component is also a fundamental element of technologies today and highlights them as such. In their abstracted representation, the cuboids invite endless combinations and evoke a playful, tactile approach to the artworks. This approach at the same time visualizes the idea of the collective and like a puzzle, the individual works come together to form a larger whole.

Digital art is an integral part of contemporary art. The artists of the fifth edition box deal with the conditions and effects of the (post)digital age on our everyday life, our culture and our society. They reflect on these notions to potentially sharpen the understanding of media and to enable digital art to be experienced aesthetically. A multi-faceted, technological as well as social image of our time can then emerge. The Digital Art Collection sees itself as a testimony to the current zeitgeist, documenting and archiving it in its media nature.

Keywords

  • art theory
  • telematic
  • digital ats

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