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Review of 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright (Tate Britain) and Pop Life: Art in a Material World (Tate Modern)

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Pop in Crises: Time Has Come Today
A review of 2 London shows: The 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright (Tate Britain) and Pop Life: Art in a Material World (Tate Modern)

Viewing 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright’s pareidolia-laced no title 2009 and Pop Life: Art in a Material World set in motion for me a set of considerations about the contemporary condition of art. Something prime is shifting.

I think I can sum it up by saying that the success of Wright’s large, but delicate, wall mural signaled to me the return of magical immersive thinking into mainstream art. This at the expense of the pop icon/logo celebrated in the Pop Life: Art in a Material World exhibit. Its gold, monochromatic (but kaleidoscopic) ground dominates over configuration. As a consequence, this visionary art produces an exciting all-over full fervor that needs to be interacted with imaginatively.


excerpt from "viral symphOny : movement 1 : the enthrOning"

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The music is an excerpt from "viral symphOny : movement 1 : the enthrOning" (28.10 min in total)

Joseph Nechvatal : original concept viral structures
Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
Andrew Deutsch : meso and macro structures
Stephane Sikora : C++ programming
Steven Mygind Pedersen : IEA project technician


uplifting murmuring tOngue Of Ovid

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viral pastOral pleasures

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extracts from the Viral Venture project

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Here are two short extracts from the Viral Venture project (2009) for demonstration purposes.

Viral Venture is a digital art projection (and/or ongoing installation) by the artist Joseph Nechvatal with a musical score by the composer Rhys Chatham.

The Viral Venture projection consists of Nechvatal's most recent artificial-life computer virus attacking his digital images. It acts in real time as modeled on the biological viral mode as programmed by Stephane Sikora in C++.

Rhys Chatham's score consists of his 2005 composition for 400 electric guitars, entitled A Crimson Grail, commissioned by Nuit Blanche. It was performed and recorded at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris. The score is looped so that the projection can run for an indefinite length of time without disruption.


~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even

cybersex novella ‘~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even’ was written during my artist-in-residency at the Cite des Art International in Paris during 1995. I edited it to this final version in NYC in 1999.


Philip Pocock "Interview with Joseph Nechvatal" at the Journal of Contemporary Art

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Journal of Contemporary Art (Fall) 1992Journal of Contemporary Art (Fall) 1992

PDF file attached of Philip Pocock "Interview with Joseph Nechvatal" from the Journal of Contemporary Art 1992


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