[ARENA] Exh/Perf/Lecture program 'Het Proces', generative art, Amsterdam
Sábado, 7 de Novembro de 2009 - 23:28:20 WET
Exhibition "Het Proces"
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
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