From Sept 4th to Oct 3rd, AMODA is holding an ambitious exhibition, titled The Wide Inter-Consciousness. To view this exciting show, please visit us during the hours and dates listed below.
DATES: Sept 4th – Oct 3rd, 2015
GALLERY HOURS: Tues–Sat, noon–5pm
ADDRESS: 916 Springdale Rd (map)
(Bldg 2, #102 in the Canopy art space)
ADMISSION: Gallery visits are free
In conjunction with the gallery show, AMODA will present special evenings of talks, performances, and screenings with exhibiting artists and related acts. Below is a complete schedule for The Wide Interconsciousness exhibit.
- 9/04, 7–10pm – Opening Reception
Art.Science.Gallery (916 Springdale Rd)
- 9/09, 8–10pm – Nerd Nite ft. Rachel Weil
The North Door (502 Brushy St)
- 9/17, 8–9pm – Re+Public Lecture
Art.Science.Gallery (916 Springdale Rd)
- 9/22, 8–10pm – Limited Hangout
The North Door (502 Brushy St)
- 10/3, 8–10pm – Computer Jesus Refrigerator
Off Center Theater (2211-A Hidalgo)
- Re+Public (New York, NY)
large-scale augumented reality print
- Scott Gelber (New York, NY)
interactive virtual reality piece
- KOKOFREAKBEAN (San Antonio, TX)
psychedelic video pieces
- Johnny Slack & Stevijn van Olst (Amsterdam)
quirky data visualization
- Limited Hangout (Austin, TX)
performance w/ projections, lighting, & sound
- Rachel Weil, Alienmelon, & Torley (Austin, TX)
glitched-out fortune-telling game
- Alfredo Salazar-Caro (Chicago, IL)
- The Great Nordic Sword Fights (Los Angeles, CA)
surreal music videos
- Clint Enns (Toronto, Canada)
found and processed video pieces +
a classic game art piece for Nintendo Game Boy
About the Exhibit
The goal of The Wide Inter-Consciousness is to highlight digital art that transcends technology, opting for a more pure expression. Instead of merely commenting on the medium, the artists in this exhibit use digital tools to speak to the human condition. Their work explores a wide range of themes: dreams, parallel universes, belief systems, imagined histories, altered states of consciousness, intense nostalgia, and the disorganized and surreal nature of our everyday lives.
Just like Jung’s ‘collective unconscious’, we can’t help but live through and imprint our humanity on our technology. It parses and processes our human content. The more we use it, the more we are subsumed by its ubiquity, and we help the machines more efficiently dominate the individual in imagination and behavior.
We attempt to appease the internet by homogenizing our aesthetics, attempting something that is so reductive that it spreads like a virus. However, just as perfectly as the internet amplifies blandness and trends, so does it connect those tapping into something ancient, true and pre-human. The Inter-Consciousness is wide. When we catch it dreaming, it’s really us dreaming—and we’re jolted into awareness by something so familiar and yet so authentic.
— Stephen Fishman, exhibit curator and AMODA’s artistic directorView Event Photos →
Re+Public is a New York-based collective of coders and artists that specializes in combining murals with augmented reality. Their custom-developed mobile app digitally resurfaces walls and buildings in urban centers by overlaying digital content onto the physical environment, thus empowering the public to reclaim their communal space. They also create provocative, ‘activated’ mural work that pays homage to and lampoons early soviet and WPA propaganda. The result is arresting, completely transforming large public spaces. A Re+Public mural commissioned for SXSW Interactive 2014 is still visible in Austin at the intersection of Trinity & 6th.
Former Austinite, Scott Gelber (NY) is known primarily as an internet artist and filmmaker. His work features a biting sense of humor matched with a polish and a natural design aesthetic unmatched in the net art world.
KOKOFREAKBEAN (San Antonio) is a digital art producer of another stripe. His work is a synthesis of technicolor psychedelia and MesoAmerican mythology and aesthetic. His output has a performative component as well, when he takes the stage as Computer Jesus Refrigerator.
Johnny Slack & Stevijn van Olst
Amsterdam-based artists Johnny Slack and Stevijn van Olst have a peculiar take on the American sexual underground. Their playful piece, ‘Love letters from Craig’, brings anonymous personal ads to life with a wry synthesized vocalization and randomly-generated 3D visuals.
Limited Hangout is a new project by celebrated sound artist, Kyle Evans (Austin) of Cracked Ray Tube, and his collaborator, animator Lucas Dimick (Austin). Together, they create a hallucinatory live performance using original animated projections, lighting design, textural generated sound and voice-over narration by Dimick.
Rachel Weil, Alienmelon, & Torley
The artistic output of Rachel Weil aka Partytime!Hexcellent! (Austin) typically takes one of two forms. The first are cheery, colorful animations and games created by hacking 80s Nintendo NES videogame systems. The second form is her exploration of the game industry’s anemic attempts at marketing to female gamers. This project, called Femicom, consists of an online archive of games marketed to young girls, lectures and college courses discussing the topic, and wistful, imagined scenes of an alternative ’80s gaming universe that better addressed the female market. Her piece for this show is a bit of a departure, as she is collaborating with fellow developer, Alienmelon, and sound artist, Torley, to create Monkey Fortune Tell, an adorable, irreverent and totally glitched-out addition to the fortune-telling game genre.
Alfredo Salazar-Caro is a multimedia artist and educator born in Mexico City and currently based in Chicago. He works with sculpture and digital media including video, animated gifs, and virtual reality. Through these mediums Alfredo explores phenomenology, identity, memory, and time. Of these concepts, time and memory have become most central to his artistic practice. Recently, such concepts have manifested themselves as digital avatars and virtual reconstructions of environments, often creating a form of hyper self-portraiture for participatory engagement and viewing.
The Great Nordic Sword Fights
The Great Nordic Sword Fights (Los Angeles) is an artistic collaboration between two very warped minds who have produced some of the most memorable animated music videos in recent years. Their world is populated by amoeba-like humanoids possessing shamanic powers, who manifest phantom lowriders, then traverse vast static-filled wastelands, arriving at undulating sweat lodges to enact arcane rites that distort the body and its ever-expanding aura.
Clint Enns is a video artist, filmmaker and curator living in Toronto, Ontario. His work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. Clint’s wry sense of humor and critical eye inform his work, and transfigure his mundane source material into spiritual experiences and peculiar statements on art, in general.
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Exhibition Series is focused on presenting digital art in a gallery setting. More info →