Documented in a series of animated gifs, Asendorf employs the materials of Sim City 2000 as a means to performances, installations and readymades works of nostalgic game art. The depicted non-places feature vacant canvasses of "land" interrupted by burning buildings, crumbling roads, and shifting land forms.
About Kim Asendorf
Conceptual and digital artist Kim Asendorf takes as his media internet data, codes, and computer signals, manipulating them to produce visualizations, sculptures, and applications, as well as his own original file formats. A computer science graduate, Asendorf thinks of his experimental process as writing concept into algorithms: “the programming implements a random factor,” he has said. “It’s like drawing an image with closed eyes.” In Solo show in Sim City (2011), Asendorf draws his materials from existing software—Sim City 2000—isolating components from the game’s visual landscape and turning them into animated frames that he categorizes as “performances,” “installations,” and “readymades.”
German, b. 1981, Achin, Germany