Ausstellungseröffnung: 19. Februar 2021; Ausstellung bis Juni 2021 MEIAC, Badajoz, Spanien
Works of the Interface Cultures Students and Researchers César Escudero Andaluz (ES) & Martín Nadal (ES) are featured in the exhibition „Algorithmia. Art in the era of artificial inteligence“, on display in MEIAC.
What amazed, seduced and at the same time disturbed society 25 years ago was the proliferation and omnipresence of the screen. Both television screens and digital devices were beginning to flood private and public space. In his book Écran Total (Screened Out), Jean Baudrillard referred to the electronic image in terms of its capacity to abolish distances, eliminate opposites, make reality disappear and take its place as a simulacrum, a pure surface. An empty surface on which we project ourselves both as spectators -the television screen- and as operators -the computer screen-. However, far below this spectacular layer and almost invisibly, what was beginning to function and expand even faster than the images multiplying, was the computer code. Far away from the interface and the screen, but very close to the hardware, its structure of ones and zeros emerges from the integrated circuit without generating any sign that could be recognizable to human beings. According to Baudrillard, it will be the code that will be responsible for annulling the real to make way for "hyperreality".
But the current dynamic goes far beyond the domain of the screen. From the total screen, we have moved on to total algorithms. Cell phones, for example, ubiquitous devices, are not limited to disseminating virtual images, but are the mechanisms that connect us to various agencies, which, with their sensors, collect and transmit our data. We are no longer in the presence of a multitude of screens that emit information - or subject us to a machinic subjection - but rather we are part of a network of mechanisms that process our behavior and convert it into merchandise. Immersed in an ecosystem of algorithms that compete for our attention, we are no longer the "target" of propaganda -commercial or political-, but have become the product, the commodity…
Text by Gustavo Romano, read more: netescopio.meiac.es/algoritmia
MEIAC (Extremadura and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art)
Participating artists: Alessandro Ludovico, André Sier, Antoni Muntadas, César Escudero Andaluz, Christian Oyarzún, Ciro Museres, Constant Dullaart, Demian Schopf, Disnovation.org, Eva e Franco Mattes, Giselle Beiguelman, Joan Leandre, John F. Simon, Jonas Lund, Kim Yong Hun, Mark Napier, Martin Nadal, Martina Menegon, Matthew Plummer Fernández, Michaël Borras a.k.a SYSTAIME, Paolo Cirio, Scott Draves, Shin Seung Back, Ubermorgen.