eVolution

eVolution (January 23 to April 11, 2004) epitomizes Art Interactive’s exhibition program with its unique artworks in the area of “artificial life” and autonomous, behavior-driven systems. eVolution has been curated by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and showcases the work of five internationally acclaimed artists: Bush Soul #3 by Rebecca Allen; Giver of Names by David Rokeby; A-Volve by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau; and Instant Places by Maciej Wisniewski.

This exhibition points both to the “evolutionary” aspects of artificial life and the “evolution” of an art practice towards a “living” art work. Each of the art works in the exhibition offers a different perspective on aspects of artificial life. eVolution not only chronicles various forms of artistic practice in this realm but also raises fundamental questions about the concepts of intelligence and consciousness, as well as the relationship between artists and their “creations” which take on a life of their own. Our social interaction with increasingly independent machines invites a discussion about the possible forms that a man-machine symbiosis might take. For Art Interactive, the critical insight offered by each of these art works makes eVolution a decisively vital show for the greater Boston area community.

Featured Artists and Works

Rebecca Allen, Bush Soul #3 (1997-present)
http://emergence.design.ucla.edu/

David Rokeby, Giver of Names (1990-present)
http://homepage.mac.com/davidrokeby/

Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, A-Volve (1994/95)
http://www.iamas.ac.jp/~christa/

Maciej Wisniewski, Instant Places (2002)

Additional Information
Opening Reception: January 23, 2004, 6-8 pm

For general information about Art Interactive or eVolution, please contact info@artinteractive.org.

Educational Programs:
Saturday, February 28, 7pm
Curator’s Talk with Christiane Paul
$5 Admission, AI Members Free.
Reception Following

Thursday, March 25, 7pm
Panel Discussion
With Jeffrey Huang and Martin C. Martin
Moderated by Christiane Paul

For more information about Art Interactive programs or to schedule educational visits, please contact education@artinteractive.org