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” artwork. Each of the artworks 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 artworks makes eVolution a decisively vital show for the greater Boston area community.
Featured Artists and Works
Rebecca Allen, Bush Soul #3 (1997-present)
David Rokeby, Giver of Names (1990-present)
Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, A-Volve (1994/95)
Maciej Wisniewski, Instant Places (2002)
Opening Reception: January 23, 2004, 6-8 pm
Saturday, February 28, 7 pm
Curator’s Talk with Christiane Paul
$5 Admission, AI Members Free.
Thursday, March 25, 7 pm
With Jeffrey Huang and Martin C. Martin
Moderated by Christiane Paul