Playlist Travels North

Friday, June 4, 2010 15:26


What: an exhibition focused on the artistic reinvention of obsolete digital media
Who: iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, curator Domenico Quaranta
Where: Koolmijnenkaai 30 Quai des Charbonnages, 1080 Brussels
When: June 4 – August 21, 2010 (opening hours Tue – Sat 11:00 – 19:00)

Playlist. Playing Games, Music, Art an exhibition focused on the artistic reinvention of obsolete digital media curated by Domenico Quaranta travels north to Belgium. Originally produced and hosted by LAboral Centro de Arte y Creaciòn Industrial (Gijón, Asturias) in the frame of the Mediateca Expandida, the exhibition will now be showing at the iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technologies in Brussels until late August with twelve additional artists and a broader range of artworks.

Not a memorabilia exhibition, Playlist is more of a visual and empirical narrative of how artists have created new instruments and reinvented medium through the manipulation of ‘dead media’. Here’s a snippet from the press release:

Reinventing the medium: from music to visual arts
What happens is an act of reinventing the medium. Along the Nineties, many artists started working on the reinvention of obsolete, digital as well as analogue, technologies such as vinyl’s, vintage computers, game platforms and alike. Hacking software, circuit-bending hardware, they turned “dead media” into powerful tools of artistic creation. Playlist is an exhibition that explores this kind of research, focusing on the relationship between musical research and visual research, in the belief that the first, rather than the latter, has often been the driving force in this process.

Chiptune, 8-bit punk and media arts
The core of Playlist is the exploration of the “chiptune scene”, spread out from the manipulation of obsolete game technologies in order to create new instruments to play music. The show demonstrates that the retro-gaming phenomenon in visual arts can be considered an outfit of a pretty musical phenomenon, that in a bunch of years spread out all over the world through festivals and clubs, occasionally influencing mainstream musicians; and that visual and musical research progressed on parallel paths, in the quest for lo-fi sounds and low-res aesthetics, synthetic colors and notes. Playlist proposes artists from the chiptune scene and the media arts world sharing attitudes such as DIY, recycling, subversive refusal of programmed obsolescence, aesthetics of the glitches from electronic materials. On display, artworks (objects, installations, videos, computer-based and printed works), but also instruments, tools, software’s, hardware’s, records, 8-bit music, movie documentary, platforms and communities.

Presented artists
2 Player Productions (US), Alex Bond / Enso (US), Boogerlab (NZ), The C-Men (NL), Paul B. Davis (UK), James Dingle (US), Jeff Donaldson / noteNdo (US), Julien Ducourthial (FR), Entter (SP), Dragan Espenschied (DE), Gino Esposto / (CH), Gijs Gieskes (NL), André Gonçalves (PT), Chantal Goret (BE), Goto80 (SE), Jodi (BE / NL), Mike
Johnston / Mike in Mono (UK), Joey Mariano / Animal Style (US), Rosa Menkman (NL), Raquel Meyers (SP), Mikro Orchestra (PL), Don Miller / NO CARRIER (US), Erik Nilsson (SE), Nullsleep (US), Tristan Perich (US), Rabato (SP), Gebhard Sengmuller (AT), Alexei Shulgin (RU), Paul Slocum (US), Tonylight (IT), VjVISUALOOP (IT)

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