[ARENA] Exh/Perf/Lecture program 'Het Proces', generative art, Amsterdam

Andreas Broeckmann ab mikro.in-berlin.de
Sábado, 7 de Novembro de 2009 - 23:28:20 WET

Exhibition "Het Proces"
Performance/lecture program

The exhibition "Het Proces", now on view at Arti et Amicitiae until  
November 15, is devoted to "generative art", as exemplified by the  
work of Peter Struycken, Remko Scha, Driessens & Verstappen and  
Jochem van der Spek. Artists who embrace this approach, design  
physical or computational processes which generate images and objects  
in a largely autonomous way. Generative art has an intrinsically  
conceptual component; it tends to involve theory and to invite  
explicit reflection. The exhibition is therefore accompanied by a  
series of presentations which broach some relevant topics for  

The presentations take place on Friday evenings from 8 p.m. until 10  
p.m. in the exhibition space of Arti et Amicitiae, Rokin 112,  
Amsterdam. Rooms are open from 7.30 p.m.


Friday October 23: Enumeration

Introduction by Remko Scha: Enumeration in Generative Art.

This talk discusses a particular genre within the generative  
approach: the enumeration, i.e., the systematic listing of all  
instances of a particular concept. The esthetic possibilities of this  
genre were demonstrated in the conceptual art of the 1970's. A very  
ambitious application of the enumerative method occurred already in  
early 20th-century literature: the library containing all possible  
books. An equally far-reaching project was actually realized in  
recent digital art: the program generating all possible images.

Performance by Samuel Vriezen (piano): "The Chord Catalogue" (1986)  
by Tom Johnson.

The American composer Tom Johnson wrote many systematic pieces. The  
Chord Catalogue is one of his most rigorous works: it sums up all the  
8178 distinct chords that the chromatic scale allows within an  
octave. Johnson: "It is not so much a composition as simply a list."  
Music critics have described this work as "a pointed lesson in music  
history and the relativity of perception" (Kyle Gann) and as "a  
transcendental experience" (Matthias Entress).

Friday October 30: History

Introduction by Remko Scha: The Prehistory of Process Art.

At the end of the 18th century, Ernst Chladni discovered his famous  
method for visualizing the oscillatory motions of metal plates. Since  
that time, many other mechanical image-generation techniques were  
developed. This talk reviews this research tradition, and its  
connection with contemporary art.

Lecture by Darko Fritz: Notions of the Program.

Darko Fritz curated the world's largest historic overview exhibition  
of programmed art, presenting the case study of the New Tendencies  
(1961-1973) at the ZKM in Karlsruhe in 2008/2009. In this lecture he  
will show how the idea of "programmed art" emerged in the course of  
the 1960's, out of three different artistic backgrounds: (1) neo- 
constructivism and lumino-kinetics, (2) computer-generated art, and  
(3) conceptual art. The presentation will be accompanied by audio- 
visual documentation from the 1960's and from the recent ZKM exhibition.

Friday November 13: Abstraction and Concept Art

Introduction by Remko Scha: Abstraction and the Image Ban.

The deep wisdom of the Biblical ban on mimetic representation becomes  
increasingly clear in today's image-based society. In this context,  
abstract art and concept art regain their original, socially relevant  

Lecture by Taconis Stolk: Concept and context.

Concept Art aims at a purely mental esthetics, with its own  
principles of form and composition. This talk explores how conceptual  
art employs specific aspects of mathematical logic, and how a  
computational formulation of these practices may give rise to new  
forms of algorithmic conceptual art.

Enquiries: Arti et Amicitiae <Mirjam  arti.nl> or Remko Scha  
<scha  iaaa.nl>

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