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Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0 show in Paris


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Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0 will be my next art exhibition at Galerie Richard (Paris)
Joseph Nechvatal

Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0

September 3rd - September 27th 2016


Galerie Richard (Paris)

74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris

Tel: 01 43 25 27 22



Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0 is a revisitation to Joseph

Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project work from 1992-93 that dealt

with the AIDS virus epidemic placed in conjunction with a growing

concern for computer viruses.


Thanks to Francois Cheval, Computer Virus Project was created under the

umbrella of the Frac Franche-Comte at the Centre International de Réflexion

sur l'Avenir de la Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at La Saline Royale

d'Arc-et-Senans as part of Joseph Nechvatal’s artist-in-residency at Atelier

Louis Pasteur in Arbois, France (1991-1993). The original HyperCard (Basic)

computer programming was executed in 1992 by Joseph Nechvatal in close

collaboration with Jean-Philippe Massonie and Jean-Jacques Girardot at

Laboratoire MIS (Université de Franche-Comté) and in conjunction with

Christine Barrat at Apple Computer France. Dr. Nechvatal’s studio assistances

on the project were Laurent Alix, Jacques Lathuille, and Jocelyn Garbett.


Finished Computer Virus Project artworks were exhibited under the curatorial

direction of Anne Dary (Musee de Dole) at Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans in

1993 and in 1994 at Espace d'Art Yvonamor Palix (Paris), Galerie In Situ

(Aalst, Belgium), Brooke Alexander Gallery (New York City) and in 1995 at

Galerie Karin Sachs (Munich). In 1996 pieces from Computer Virus Project

were exhibited in Joseph Nechvatal Retrospective at Galerie Berndt (Köln)

(catalogue). In 2001 the computer animation created as part of Computer

Virus Project was exhibited at Moving Image Gallery (New York City) in

Transformers, a two-person exhibition with Joseph Nechvatal and Cory



A 1993 catalogue, edited by Luc Gruson of Arc-et-Senans: Foundation

Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, was produced by Franck Gautherot at CDM Dijon

titled Joseph Nechvatal: Computer Virus Project. It contains a short essay by

Joseph Nechvatal titled “The Computer and Conceptual Painting” (pp. 29-32),

working notes by Jean-Jacques Girardot and an art essay by Robert C. Morgan

titled “Nechvatal’s Visionary Computer Virus” (pp. 8-15). Bomb Magazine

(winter 1994 edition) featured a double page spread on the Computer Virus



The basic rule is, where information can go, a virus can go with it.


La règle de base, c'est que là où l'information peut aller, un virus

peut l'accompagner.


Ostensibly, human bodies are integrating newly evolved and

evolving viruses, only some of them, such as HIV, identifiable due to

their pathogenicity. The majority of viruses and bacteria circulate

around the biosphere and technosphere harmlessly and unnoticed.


Il paraîtrait que les corps humains sont en train d'incorporer des

virus récemment evolués et en voie d'évolution, dont certains

seulement, tels que le VIH, sont susceptibles d'être identifiés grâce à

leur pathogénicité. La plupart des virus et des bactéries circulent

dans la biosphère et technosphère, inoffensifs et inaperçus.


We form a rhizome with our viruses, or rather, our viruses make us

form a rhizome with other creatures.

- Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, “On The Line”