Sabrina Ratté, Visites possible, 2014, Video, Screenshot: Courtesy of the artist

Digital Abstractions

The group exhibition focuses on abstraction in the digital arena. Abstract compositions of tone and image come together in an artistic dialectic.

The group exhibition focuses on abstraction in the digital arena. Abstract compositions of tone and image come together in an artistic dialectic.

exhibition

07.04.2016 - 22.05.2016

Admission: 9 / 6 (red.) CHF

Zach Blas, Facial Weaponization Suite, 2011-, masks. Foto: Courtesy of the artist.

The modern world as referenced in today’s abstract images is shaped by the binary structures of computer programs and is thus already abstract. Technological infrastructures are part of our everyday life and our economic and political systems; they influence our sense of self. 

Abstract structures become less accessible, replaced by smooth, superficial, parallel worlds that appear to extend our physical surroundings seamlessly. The artists represented here are exploring the aesthetic potential of our digital environment. They look below the surface of the computer screens for errors and gaps in the systems. They play with the computer’s capacity to create (moving) images that open up new spaces and points of access to the physical world.  In so doing they also probe the physical perception of imaginary digital worlds. 

How do programmed movement, tone and color affect us? How can classical beauty be represented digitally, and which digital abstractions and compositions will go viral? 

The work test the boundaries of perception through rhythmic, whirring, repeating compositions. Other positions bring the aesthetics of coded language into the design of objects, showing how digital reality has long been a part of our physical world.

The exhibition also presents artistic works that allow visitors to create abstract forms and structures using Apps, thereby experiencing the transformations of their own real language into a digital one. Time and again the exhibition departs from the usual approach to technological developments whose political and commercial interests are not entirely transparent. They transform and help shape the abstract environment. As such, they create their own aesthetic abstractions related to our concrete world and its parallel, hidden world of data.

In addition to the exhibition ‘Digital Abstractions’ project includes a blog that serves as a platform for exchange on various themes and works; an online catalogue that functions as a data collection tool; and an e-book in which authors and artists reflect on the theme of ‘digital abstractions’.

With works by:
Zach Blas, Cyriak, Ted Davis, Andreas Gysin & Sidi Vanetti, Femke Herregraven, Esther Hunziker, Lazar Jeremic, Rainer Kohlberger, LAb[au], Karin Lustenberger, Alexandra Navratil, Pier Giorgio de Pinto, Sabrina Ratté, Elisabeth Ritschard, Rafaël Rozendaal, Nicolas Sassoon, Quayola, Zeitguised

Related events:
26.04.2016 - Filmabend Fractured Gestures. Kuratiert von Robert Seidel. HeK
20.04.2016 Art talks. Reinhard Storz HGK
03.05.2016 Art talks. LAb[au]. HeK
18.05.2016 Art talks. Eva Firscher. HGK

The ‘Digital Abstractions’ project is a co-production of Xcult.org, the Art Institute of the Academy for Art and Design Basel (HGK FHNW) and the HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel).

The project is supported by the Christoph Merian Foundation, the Experts Commission on Audiovision and Multimedia (Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft) and the Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Foundation.

The exhibition was curated by Alexandra Adler and Reinhard Storz.

Sabrina Ratté, Visites possibles, 2014, Video

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Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing 14 12 01 (Google Drive), Abstract Browsing 14 12 05 (Technorati), 2015, Wandteppich / Tapestry
Pier Giorgio de Pinto, The 3D Great Day of His Wrath, 2014, Animiertes GIF / Animated GIF
Sabrina Ratté, Visites Possibles, 2014, Video
Nicolas Sassoon, Pattern. Lost Hours, 2014, Digitale Aninmation / Digital Animation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Lazar Jeremic, Between Biological and Digital Identity, 2014, Tryptich, Druck / Tryptich, Print
Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing 14 12 01 (Google Drive), Abstract Browsing 14 12 05 (Technorati), 2015, Wandteppich / Tapestry
Zach Blas, Facial Weaponization Suite: Fag Face Mask - October 20, 2012, Los Angeles, CA; 2012, Maske / Mask
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Lazar Jeremic, Between Biological and Digital Identity, 2014, Tryptich, Druck / Tryptich, Print
Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing 14 12 01 (Google Drive), Abstract Browsing 14 12 05 (Technorati), 2015, Wandteppich / Tapestry
Lab[au], origamiPenrose Permutation black, origmamiPenrose Notation, 2015, 3D-Druck, 4 Drucke / kinetic paper artwork, 3D-print, prints
Ted Davis, TEXT2IMAGE, 2010/2016, Computerprogramm / Computer Programme
Elisabeth Ritschard, Parametermodulationen, 2016, Animation / Animation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Nicolas Sassoon, Pattern. Lost Hours, 2014, Digitale Aninmation / Digital Animation
Esther Hunziker, EARTH, 2016, Video HD
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Elisabeth Ritschard, Parametermodulationen, 2016, Animation / Animation
Pier Giorgio de Pinto, The 3D Great Day of His Wrath, 2014, Animiertes GIF / Animated GIF
Quayola, Topologies, 2010, Video Diptych / Video Diptych
Nicolas Sassoon, Pattern. Lost Hours, 2014, Digitale Animation / Digital Animation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Zeitguised, Comme des Organismes, 2014
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Esther Hunziker, EARTH, 2016, Video HD
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Elisabeth Ritschard, Parametermodulationen, 2016, Animation / Animation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Ted Davis, TEXT2IMAGE, 2010/2016, Computerprogramm / Computer Programme
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing 14 12 01 (Google Drive), Abstract Browsing 14 12 05 (Technorati), 2015, Wandteppich / Tapestry
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Rainer Kohlberger, Never Comes Tomorrow, 2016, Videoinstallation /Video Installation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Von links nach rechts / left to right:
Quayola, Topologies, 2010, Video Diptych / Video Diptych
Lazar Jeremic, Between Biological and Digital Identity, 2014, Tryptich, Druck / Tryptich, Print
Lab[au], origamiPenrose Kites and Darts, origamiPenrose Permutation black, origmamiPenrose Notation, 2015, Kinetische Papierarbeit, 3D-Druck, 4 Drucke / kinetic paper artwork, 3D-print, prints
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Andreas Gysin & Sidi Vanetti, Dots 4, 2016, Punktmatrixdisplay / Dot matrix display
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
Karin Lustenberger, Here and Now, 2013/2016, Interaktive Installation / Interactive Installation
Photo: Marco Frauchiger
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