Joseph Nechvatal, ‘viral attaque break thRougH’, 1993, Galerie Richard

The Computer Virus Project's initial goal was to produce physical paintings using algorhytms that implement a"viral" model in cyberspace. This code is a simulation tool allowed him to virtually introduce artificial organisms into a digitized reproduction of an earlier artwork (the host) and let them transform and destroy those images in a ravishingly beautiful manner. During these launched “attacks” in 1993, a new still image was extracted and robotic spay painted on canvas, which is a way to bring back the virtual into the actual. The negative connotations of the HIV virus as a vector of disease is reflected in the principle of degradation that the host image undergoes. But the virus is also the basis of a creative process, producing at times splendor and newness in terms of the history of painting.

Signature: on the back with the title and year written by the artist

FRAC Franche-Comté, Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Sept.10 - Nov1st, 1993
Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans, 1993, Galerie Yvonamor Palix, 1994

Joseph Nechvatal, FRAC Franche-Comté, Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, 1993

the artist

About Joseph Nechvatal

American, b. 1951, Chicago, IL, United States, based in Paris, France