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Everything Flows: Spanish Computer Graphics

6 april, 1995 - 29 april, 1995 /
Sabatini Building, Auditorium

Computer-generated images and interactive virtual reality systems, both products of a graphic evolution in images and the historical development of the interaction between artist, artwork and viewer, have heralded a complete transformation in traditional art practices. Everything Flows: Spanish Computer Graphics is a collection of videos that illustrate this important transformation in Spain through a selection of some of the most outstanding works of the last ten years, from the first computer-generated piece by Juan Carlos Eguillor (San Sebastian, 1947 - Madrid, 2001) to works made in the sphere of virtual reality by Águeda Simó and telematic projects by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico City, 1967).

In Spain, as abroad, traditional artists working in painting and sculpture were the first to envision the usefulness of computers as creative tools, long before computer graphics reached the world of communication and the visual arts. During the 1980s, the first computer graphics companies began to encourage computer-based art investigation. However, before any continuity could be reached in this field, many artists coming from painting and sculpture like Jesús Camino, Miguel Ángel Peña and Luis Canicio had to completely rethink their work. Disconnected as they were from the world of galleries and museums, they found an exhibition space in a parallel area, creating what are called bumpers, headers or spots, not for the art market, but for the field of communications. Both specialties are governed by a complex labyrinth of different criteria and objectives, but it is legitimate to ask to what point these divisions can be maintained, given that the concepts of art and communication were seen as a fully-integrated social practices until at least the 18th century.

This audiovisual programme does not only show the application of new technologies to works of art, but also engages with the new aesthetic, formal and conceptual ideas being articulated in the computer and telecommunications age. As works created within a temporal paradigm, they are volatile and ephemeral, evoking an irremediable transformation of perception and indicating the change in our aesthetic categories as they confront pre-established quality criteria. These are the products of the electronic age and the computerisation of all social practices at the zenith of science and technology, whence they question traditional values of objectivity, truth and likeness.

Schedule and programme

Thursday 6 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Conference and presentation of the programme by curator Karin Ohlenchläger.

A selection of the videos from the series will be screened.

Friday 7 and Saturday 15 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Post-pictorial Experiences (55´)

Saturday 8 and Thursday 20 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Mediamorphosis (55´)

Thursday 13 and Friday 21 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Synthetic Animations (45´)

Friday 14 and Saturday 22 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Projects (60´)

Thursday 27 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Projects: concepts, trends and attitudes. Colloquium with Águeda Simó, Juan Carlos Eguillor, José Iranzo, Pedro Garhel and Roc Parés. Moderator: Karin Ohlenchläger

Friday 28 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Post-pictorial Experiences (55´)

Mediamorphosis (55´)

Saturday 29 April 1995 at 7:00 p.m.

Synthetic Animations (45´)

Virtual Projects (60´)

Activity´s details

Curatorship: 
Karin Ohlenchläger
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