Computer Virus Project 1.0 is a selection from Joseph Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project 1.0 work from 1992-93 that dealt with the AIDS (SIDA) virus epidemic placed in conjunction with a growing concern for computer viruses.
JY&A 2019 Summer Exhibition Series Downtown Digital: NYC 1980s-1990s
Curated by Xiaoying Juliette Yuan
Today, when our society is trying to imagine the potential impact of AI technology on our future, JY&A invites you to travel back to the New York of the ‘80s and ‘90s, to discover a selection of early works created by a generation of artists involved in the intersection of art and technology. The transition of analog-to-digital and these artists' early practices of incorporating a digital language into their work, forms an intriguing dialogue with today's artists who utilize cutting-edge technologies and reference the Internet.
Downtown Digital: NYC 1980s-1990s focuses on select archive works from New York-based pioneer artists. Mainly works on paper, paintings, and prints, these archives contain the artists' early explorations with cutting-edge technologies in a fine arts practice. The ideas that were born in these archives were subsequently developed into paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations of various sizes and formats, presented in commercial galleries, museums, art fairs and collected by private collectors and museums internationally.
We are committed to present the archive work of a generation of artists from a fine arts background who was amongst the first to engage a tech-art aesthetic. They graduated from prominent art schools in the US, trained as painters or sculptors but spent significant time learning software, computer coding, and programming. Subsequently, a market developed for this type of work with their persistence and dedication.
Participating Artists and Exhibitions:
Carter Hodgkin: Random Access Memory June 24 - August 15, 2019
John F. Simon, Jr.: Line On A Walk, A Selection Of Digital Drawings July 15 - September 10, 2019
Joseph Nechvatal Computer Virus Proejct 1.0 August 12 - September 30, 2019