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Bits to Pieces

 
Bits to Pieces

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Central house of artists
18 september 2013 — 1 october 2013

Organizer: Department of Digital Art, University of Applied Arts Vienna

With the support: University of Applied Arts Vienna and The Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow

Opening: September 18, 2013 at 2 p.m 

List of Artists:

  • Wolfgang Fiel
  • Katharina Gsollpointner
  • Margarete Jahrmann
  • Nikolaj Kirisits
  • Peter Koger
  • Bernd Kraftner
  • Martin Kusch
  • Jan Lauth
  • Max Moswitzer
  • Niki Passath
  • Tom Schneider
  • Ruth Schnell
  • Roland Schöny
  • Franz Schubert
  • Romana Schuler
  • Rini Tandon
  • Peter Weibel
  • Stefanie Wuschitz

About project:

It was not before the dawn of what now is referred to as the era of post-Fordist production that we have been able to grasp the full potential of the Marxian notion of general intellect. As increasingly interconnected individuals sift through ever growing amounts of data online, what we are currently witnessing is the redefinition of the virtual with respect to its epistemological implications for our perception and re-construction of ‘reality’. The remarkable proliferation of so-called rapid prototyping technologies in recent years offers a striking example of the evolution of communities aiming to share their knowledge and the necessary means of production.

Hitherto used above all in the field of architecture and product design, the faculty members of the Department of Digital Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna resolved to investigate the potential use of rapid prototyping technologies for contemporary artistic practice. Initiated by its director, media artist Ruth Schnell, this project aims at fostering experimental and critical enquiry of emergent formats of object-conception by means of 3D print. By way of creative, critical and playful experimentation with existing three-dimensional data or the creation of entirely new models, the results mirror what has occasionally been referred to as the emergence of a culture of hybrid artefacts: a phenomenon long-since adopted by DIY and makers’ communities around the world, many of which enter into an online exchange to share data, knowledge and infrastructures.

The project’s point of departure pivots on the use of the factory model as an open space for the potential emergence of collective intelligence within a system of human and non-human agents by the application of democratised means of production aimed at the transient solidification of data. This involves a theoretical inquiry into the sources and potential use of data for the digital fabrication process, the dynamic between individual and collective modes of artistic creation, the publication of actual physical objects, their potential alteration and re-entry into the production cycle. 

 

    









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