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the enthrOning
Viral SymphOny, 1er mouvement.

murmuring tOngue Of Ovid
Viral SymphOny, 2nd mouvement.
Ce mouvement est basé sur un enregistrement effectué par Joseph Nechvatal d’une lecture des Métamorphoses d’Ovide par Jane Smith en 1985.

Video of Joseph Nechvatal at Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard


Rhys Chatham to perform viral cOcertO as part of a screening of viral symphOny


Rhys Chatham to perform viral cOcertO as part of a screening of viral symphOny September 26th
viral cOcertOviral cOcertO
Joseph Nechvatal
Art rétinal revisité: histoire de l’oeil
Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard
3, impasse Saint-Claude,75003 Paris

In order on youtube : ~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even

In order on youtube : ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even (intro) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~venus©-~Ñ~vibrator, even (part ii)

Reckless: ripped and blogged: A Joseph Nechvatal cassette from 1984


Reckless 1984Reckless 1984: ripped and blogged here:

Cassette by Joseph Nechvatal released by Sound of Pig, SOP217, NY in 1984

A James Brown vocal cut-up morphs into a sonic punching ball, both ironic and cruel. Sword fight sounds from some Japanese cartoon are reduced to semaphoric and phoney gesticulations for several minutes. And that’s only the beginning of Reckless, a Joseph Nechvatal cassette from 1984. Yet, compared to his other cassettes, the music on Reckless is surprisingly uncluttered, even serene at times, as pauses and silences have been inserted and the music being based on one sample at a time. This is still a commentary of sorts on junk culture, Bollywood films, Japanese films, cartoons, etc. The B-side is something different altogether, basically the soundtrack from some Japanese erotic and/or snuff movie. I couldn’t decide if the woman we hear is being tortured or given pleasure, a mix of both I guess – and the label is called Sound of Pig, so you get the idea. The cover illustration is by Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956), a British self-taught artist who made automatic drawings and turned entire alphabets into diagrams called sigils, or “monograms of thought”, says Wikipedia. Fulgur Limited publisher has a lot of info on Spare, including a music page called ‘This and That’.

01 Reckless – side 1 (14:15)
02 Reckless – side 2 (14:15)

Total time 28:30


Art Rétinal Revisité: Histoire de l’Oeil - September 4th through September 29th


Retinal Art Revisited: Story of the Eye - September 4th – 29thRetinal Art Revisited: Story of the Eye - September 4th – 29th
A pioneer in the development in digital art, Joseph Nechvatal will present, in a second solo show in the gallery, a series of new paintings, most of which are accompanied by a digital animation.

Nicolas Schöffer audio files online


Nicolas SchöfferNicolas Schöffer

This audio art is sourced from the DVD of an exhibition of Nicolas Schöffer at Espace Gantner, France, 2004, titled “Précurseur de l’art cybernétique”, as well as various internet videos. The Lumino and Microtemps, 1968 and 1961 respectively, were not intended as sound sculptures, yet the noises they produce are definitely part of their appeal, not unlike Jean Tinguely’s own machines. Prisme, 1965, was an installation using mirrors, lighting effects and sound to virtually expand the structure’s actual size. It was re-build in 1975 in the Paris’ Sorbonne university with incidental music by Pierre Barbaud. The last track is from a British Pathé newsreel documenting Schöffer’s 1960 Institute of Contemporary Arts exhibition. It focuses on one of Schöffer’s most famous sculpture, CYSP 1 (for CYbernetics SPationdynamic). The electronic music used in the film is not credited.

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Nechvatal drawings now on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art

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Knowledge Against PowerKnowledge Against Power

Two of my drawings are on view now at the Mississippi Museum of Art from from April 10 - September 12, 2010

I) Porn God, 1983
11 in. x 13.81 in.
graphite on paper
In the collection of Mississippi Museum of Art

II) Knowledge Against Power, 1983
11 in. x 13.81 in.
graphite and pastel chalk on paper
In the collection of Mississippi Museum of Art

As part of
Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into Their Extraordinary Collection

The Vogel Collection has been characterized as unique among collections of contemporary art, both for the character and breadth of the objects and for the individuals who created it. Herbert Vogel spent most of his life working as an employee of the United States Postal Service, and Dorothy Vogel was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, New York. By setting their collecting priorities above those of personal comfort, the couple used Dorothy's salary to cover the expenses of daily life and devoted Herbert's salary to the acquisition of contemporary art.

Wolf Lieser's book: Digital art: Le monde de l'art numérique

I have just received a copy of this book:
Wolf Lieser, Digital art: Le monde de l'art numérique
Editeur: Könemann, ISBN 978-3-8331-5347-1

I am in it on pp. 66 & 266 with this image:

pile (erogenous) 55 sybariticpile (erogenous) 55 sybaritic

1999 (c) Joseph Nechvatal

17x23 cm

digital print on paper

Newly released: Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music #6


Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music #6Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music #6
Newly released (with 1983 piece by Joseph Nechvatal):
Sub Rosa
"Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music #6"

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