“Immaterial/Re-material: A Brief History of Computing Art” presents a wide-ranging overview of the evolution of computing art from the 1960s to the present, exploring topics that span from machine-learning aesthetics to digital objecthood and technological discontent. Curator Jerome Neutres brings together works by 30 artists, from early pioneers of computing art, such as Vera Molnar, Manfred Mohr, and Edmond Couchot, to active digital practitioners including Ryoji Ikeda, Miguel Chevalier, and Quayola, as well as young Chinese artists Liu Wa, aaajiao, and Lu Yang. The show pays tribute to Jean-François Lyotard’s groundbreaking 1985 exhibition “Les Immatériaux,” which conceived of a new mode of materiality that echoed advancements in telecommunications technology. By exploring the broad possibilities of computing art and the philosophies underpinning it, “Immaterial/Re-material” aims to write a new chapter in the history of this medium.
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