Joseph Nechvatal - viral attacque : passiOn pluS (1993)
102x122.5 cm (40x48”) peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile
computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas
Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0
September 3rd - September 27th 2016
Galerie Richard (Paris)
74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 43 25 27 22
Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0 is a revisitation to Joseph Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project work from 1992-93 that dealt with the AIDS virus epidemic placed in conjunction with a growing concern for computer viruses.
Thanks to Francois Cheval, Computer Virus Project was created under the umbrella of the Frac Franche-Comte at the Centre International de Réflexion surl'Avenir de la Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at La Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans as part of Joseph Nechvatal’s artist-in-residency at Atelier Louis Pasteur inArbois, France (1991-1993). The original HyperCard (Basic) computer programming was executed in 1992 by Joseph Nechvatal in close collaboration with Jean-Philippe Massonie and Jean-Jacques Girardot at Laboratoire MIS (Université de Franche-Comté) and in conjunction with Christine Barrat at Apple Computer France. Dr. Nechvatal’s studio assistances on the project were Laurent Alix, Jacques Lathuille, and Jocelyn Garbett.
Finished Computer Virus Project artworks were exhibited under the curatorial direction of Anne Dary (Musee de Dole) at Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans in 1993 and in 1994 at Espace d'Art Yvonamor Palix (Paris), Galerie In Situ (Aalst, Belgium), Brooke Alexander Gallery (New York City) and in 1995 at Galerie Karin Sachs (Munich). In 1996 pieces from Computer Virus Project were exhibited in Joseph Nechvatal Retrospective at Galerie Berndt (Köln) (catalogue). In 2001 the computer animation created as part of Computer Virus Project was exhibited at Moving Image Gallery (New York City) in Transformers, a two-person exhibition with Joseph Nechvatal and Cory Arcangel.
A 1993 catalogue, edited by Luc Gruson of Arc-et-Senans: Foundation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, was produced by Franck Gautherot at CDM Dijon titled Joseph Nechvatal: Computer Virus Project. It contains a short essay by Joseph Nechvatal titled “The Computer and Conceptual Painting” (pp. 29-32), working notes byJean-Jacques Girardot and an art essay by Robert C. Morgan titled “Nechvatal’s Visionary Computer Virus” (pp. 8-15). Bomb Magazine (winter 1994 edition) featured a double page spread on the Computer Virus Project.
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