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Kurt Ralske shows new work in the group exhibition 'The Arbitrary Art of Numbers' at the MINY Media Center by IFP, New York

03.12.2015 - 31.12.2015/Gallery
Kurt Ralske shows new work in the group exhibition 'The Arbitrary Art of Numbers' at the MINY Media Center by IFP, New York
James Yuxi Cao, 'A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains' (2014) © James Yuxi Cao
Visualization of data promises us new insights. However, the relationship between distinct kinds of data is a rather arbitrary one, since on the computer level it is represented as numbers. It is in the eye of the observer to connect the dots in a meaningful way. Curated by Hans Tammen and presented at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, The Arbitrary Art of Numbers features new media artists addressing this issue in their own way: with Frances Wang's peaceful street scene manipulated by geolocation, Yuxi Cao's distortion of an iconic 900 year old Chinese painting using Beijing's air quality data, Kurt Ralske's poetic rendering of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Matthew Ostrowski's re-imagination of Koyaanisqatsi as a colorspace, Eva Davidova's mixing of spaces and bodies to create uncertainties, and Emilio Vavarella & Daniel Belquer highlighting topics and keywords of all the memories collected by their drone project.

Kurt Ralske's CanopicPanoptic (2015) is a representation of information flow, as seen with a metaphoric or poetic eye, rather than as a functionally accurate data visualization. In our culture of 24/7 connection, data moves along unpredictable paths, at high speed, appearing everywhere, with unvarying intensity. These qualities were applied to the source material of CanopicPanoptic, a text in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The original text is lost, but through its transformation into pure data flow, perhaps it regains something of its original qualities of mystery and evocation of knowledge. What is the relationship between knowledge and information? What allows knowledge to manifest as information, and vice versa?

More info about this exhibition can be found here.


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