UMOCA Presents Analogital

Contact: Sarina Ehrgott | Sarina.ehrgott@utahmoca.org | 801.328.4201
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Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM | Friday 11 AM – 9 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan. 10, 2013

 

 

UMOCA Presents Analogital
JAN 18 – APR 20, 2013

Salt Lake City Analogital is an exhibition of international artists who engage with concepts generated from the transitional space between analogue and digital. Specifically the notion analyzes the forms that emerge from our culture’s conversion from film grain to computer pixel. However, more broadly the term identifies a perceptual evolution in the human experience and its mediation.

In the mid-seventies at the University of Utah, innovators made breakthrough developments in early computer graphics and virtual designs like the “Utah Teapot”, experiments that would lead to the founding of Pixar and early pursuits of digital reality. Eventual media such as ASCII, ProTools, Nintendo Entertainment System, CAD, gifs, jpegs and above all the Internet opened a multiverse of possible ways to render, perceive and copy the world around us. Social networking interfaces, video game systems and reality television additionally provide new avenues through which communication, behavioral learning and interaction occur virtually or with mediated remove. Analogital is about artists analyzing this science-fictional relationship existing between technology and the human condition.

“Today’s voracious image culture has led to a simulacrum of compounds where artists reference references of references and imagine the copy to be the original,” says Senior Curator Aaron Moulton. “New image vocabularies are emerging coupled with an unnostalgic condition where these images appear, quickly evolve, disperse and disappear unarchived. Yet certain likenesses pervade our consciousness with no traceable reference, a kind of collective consciousness in an open-sourced handmade pixel. This combined with the virtual social conditions allow for a new way of considering sentimentality, sentience and sociality in the 21st century.”

The opening of Analogital will be on January 18, 8-10 p.m. with DJ/DC, food and cash bar. There will also be a Q&A prior to the reception with artist Jennifer West 7-8 p.m.

Artists: Cory Arcangel, Juliette Bonneviot, Spartacus Chetwynd, Vuk Cosic, Chris Coy, Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Lauren Elder, Daniel Everett, Mark Flood, Christian Jankowski, Oliver Laric, Mark Leckey, Joep van Liefland, Eva and Franco Mattes, Ciprian Muresan, Rob Pruitt, Borna Sammak, John Sparagana, Ignacio Uriarte, Utah Teapot, Jennifer West, Jordan Wolfson

Analogital and related programming is made possible in part through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

 About UMOCA
The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011 and 2012 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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