The Artist as Technologist

Unexpected Growth, Tamiko Theil
Unexpected Growth, Tamiko Theil. The monitor displays digital images overlayed on top of physical reality. This monitor is installed on one of the Whitney Museum’s outdoor decks. In the background you can see the view of Manhattan from that 7th floor deck.

Lorna, Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lorna, 1979-1984. Lynn Hershman Leeson. There is a remote control that can be used to tell the story of Lorna, an agoraphobic afraid to leave her apartment. The story unfolds on the television screen.
Tilted Plane, Jim Campbell
Tilted Plane, Jim Campbell. 100 watt LED bulbs were refitted with a custom-made stem. The effect changes a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional space.
Color Panel, John F. Simon
Color Panel, John F. Simon. Software art displayed on components of a laptop computer.
New York Double Hung, Siebren Versteeg
New York Double Hung, Siebren Versteeg. These are touchscreens. You can scroll through them and see a constantly changing collage that is based on Internet sources.
Magnet TV, Nam June Paik
Magnet TV, Nam June Paik. The magnet which sits on top of this TV interferes with the TV signal and distorts the image, which changes if the magnet is moved.
Baby feat, Ikaria, In Cheng
Baby feat, Ikaria, Ian Cheng. The moving image shows debris coalescing and than disintegrating while three different online chatbots have a conversation.
CodeProfiles, W. Bradford Paley
CodeProfiles, W. Bradford Paley. Looks at code as text, visually commenting on how code is written and read.
Dance, 1979 and 2014, Luicinda Childs, Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt
Channa Horwitz, accordion-fold book
Channa Horwitz, accordion-fold book

Images are from Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018, an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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10 Responses to The Artist as Technologist

  1. Ken, I find it a bit disturbing to see the way digital technology can change our perception of physical reality.

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  2. Donna Janke says:

    All of the works you’ve showcased here look fascinating. I think I would have enjoyed the exhibit. I’m particularly intrigued with Unexpected Growth.

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  3. Henry Lewis says:

    I’m completely open to a different vision of physical reality at the moment 😉
    Ken, you’re so lucky to be close enough to take in all the exhibitions NYC has to offer. Jealous!

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  4. pjlazos says:

    So cool, Ken. These are at the Whitney Museum on display now? I’m going to NYC this weekend so maybe we can check it out.

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  5. Fantastic pieces I’ve ever seen. I liked them all, especially Baby feat.

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  6. Fascinating and so very prismatic.

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  7. I remember when I first learned how magnets could mess with TVs. I immediately went and found one and tried it out on the screen of my mom’s Magnavox.

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  8. I like those LED lights!


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