Joseph Nechvatal, ‘viral attaque haves & haVe nOts’, 1993, Galerie Richard

The Computer Virus Project’s initial goal was to produce physical paintings using algorithms that implement a “viral” model in cyberspace. This code as 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 written by the artist

FRAC Franche-Comté, Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Sept.10 - Nov.1st, 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