Elsewheres is a modular, site-specific and procedural installation in which computer simulation becomes a medium.From early computer simulations performed as part of the Manhattan Project to the significance of climate modeling for political processes we are basing our decisions on numerical models. The combination of the postulated wisdom of data and human agency has formed a bridge between the world and us, or so we believe.
At the heart of the history of the computer there has always been the dream that one day it would be able to mathematically simulate the physical world well enough to generate graphics which to our eyes would be indistinguishable from the real world.As technological capabilities have been edging towards this absolute realism, there are visual artists working at the fringe of what is currently possible, creating short films for lively community on social media platforms, often accompanied by tutorials on how the simulations were achieved.While these works originate from a place in between the conventional artistic and academic worlds and could be regarded as mere technical demos they often have a unique aesthetic – a sublime that emerges from the hyper-accurate rendering of scenes that are in fact surreal and dreamlike.
In anticipation of Eyebeam's upcoming exhibition in collaboration with Moving Image Fair, New York, March 7th - 9th, Eyebeam Storefront presents a book launch and panel with author and artist Chris Meigh-Andrews. The event outlines the approach and concerns of his book "A History of Video Art" (Bloomsbury, 2013). He will be joined by a panel of distinguished video artists, writers and curators from the USA and the UK who will discuss their own attitudes to the development of the medium and how it has influenced and impacted their approach and ideas including Peter Campus, Beryl Korot, Terry Flaxton, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Mary Lucier and Lori Zippay.