15.01.2021 – 07.03.2021
The work Light and Dark Networks consists of two online «data performances» inspired by the structures of natural networks and affected by weather and environmental changes. Visitors encounter depictions of a spider’s web at daytime and a mushroom’s mycelium—a network of hidden branching filaments that absorb nutrients for the mushrooms to grow—at nighttime. The work explores networks as living organisms as they are constantly changed by different artificial or natural parameters. Taking a look at the networked nature of both data and the physical environment, as well as their deeper structures, the work playfully examines how our physical and virtual existence are embedded in networks.
Ursula Endlicher turns digital code into material form while, conversely, imposing a physical element onto virtual systems. A New York City-based Austrian (new) media artist who has worked since the early ‘90s with interactive media and the Internet, she is investigating and using the – often hidden – structural components, architectures and interfaces of the networked world as topic and creative engine for her own work.
She builds net art works as well as Internet-connected live performances – in either medium environmental or audience based real-time data determine layout and choreographies. In her multi-media installations, using ceramics, video, data, agricultural fields and food, she invites her audience to partake in the celebration of these re-coded systems through participatory events and dinners that offer «edible HTML.»
The art work is commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American art for its artport website.