Gallery1F presents format.fetish

Posted by jake elliott | Sun Mar 12th 2006 12:02 p.m.

Gallery1F is very excited to announce our second web-only exhibition, 'format.fetish,' featuring work by jonCates [.US] and ant scott [.UK], and invite you to our open reception in a pop-up window with music by net.dee.jay christian rieben.


format.fetish highlights patterned choices of file formats and data structures byemploying multiple (some disparate, some related) digital systems by which to contextualize work by jonCates and Ant Scott. The exhibition presents the art works in a reduced but highly valent framework. In its collection of a variety of formats, format.fetish does not assume a maximal approach, but employs these formats as preparatorial limitations, filters of and windows into the work.

With both contemporaries and predecessors in code-based artwork as inspiration, Chicago based artist jonCates manipulates files to both create art products and to re-frame the hystorical conditions of format.fetish presents the premier of his My Mini AVI. A complex space in which jonCates' alter-self, a seeming mini-jonCates, talks the viewer through a room designed after the Korean Internet community game 'cyworld'. In his room the mini-Cates is surrounded by television sets arranged like a Nam June Paik video installation. Each television screen plays a different video file reformatted from recordings jonCates made while in residency at The Experimental Television Center feeding the iteration of net artist duo JODI's %WRONG Browser piece through a video system developed by Nam June Paik Shuya Abe called the 'Wobbulator.'

Hypnotic and surreal jpgs, gifs and photographs created by British artist Ant Scott encourage visceral viewing as objects, outputs and side effects of Scott's transformations of computer dysfunctions (crashes and viruses) into digital and tangible images. Intuitively, Scott manipulates computer data and employs painterly abstraction onscreen; and through photo-paper transfers images off computer screens onto physical gallery walls. This recent digital-to-analog process makes a file format of paper. In format.fetish, Scott presents only digital renderings, permitting viewers to explore the images between the pixels.

During the 48 hour opening reception, Gallery1F is joined by net.dee.jay. Christian Rieben with a performance of his set, 'Robot-Rock'.

this programme will run for 02 months, from 2006-03-10 -> 2006-05-10.

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