Obsolete Technology - Group Exhibition
October 9th - November 9th, 2014
With computers and other technologies advancing so rapidly, yesterday’s amazing tools and toys are quickly discarded in favor of “better” ones before their full potential is explored. Obsolete Technology presented a group art show featuring a selection of creative new uses for supposedly obsolete technologies such as reinterpreting the selfie, digital archives of services offered by machines, glitched layers onto gaming experiences, and more.
Co-Curator: Joel Cretan
Joel Cretan is a digital artist and Bay Area native now living in San Francisco. He has been coaxing computers to display strange things since discovering Macpaint on his grandmother’s computer when he was 4. Computers are deterministic, but their behavior is so complex that it is impossible to anticipate how they will handle all the crazy inputs you can throw at them; this complexity is one reason he enjoys exploring the unexpected results of combining simple and sophisticated algorithms for creating patterns and shapes. Some of his more recent creations reflect the cyberpunk dystopia that the future has turned out to be. He prefers to share most of his work without restriction on the greatest and most troubling communication medium ever imagined, so his more polished works can be found at www.laserscorpion.com and his curated archive of artworks made in MacPaint can be found at www.macpaint.org.
Alex Cruse www.axlecurse.tumblr.com
"Service Primitives": The works presented here attempt to briefly outline examples of past societies' computational methodologies. The phrase "Service Primitives" may refer to modern computing (within a node, communication between adjacent protocol layers is directed by "calling functions," called primitives), but its dual meaning also implicates modern machines' vast ability to perform "services", which has been inherited from more "primitive" technological modes.
Donald Hanson www.gridwalk.com
Donald Hanson is a multimedia artist that has been circuit bending electronics for 9 years and is also a designer/developer, artist and musician living in Pacifica, CA. He built the circuit-bent Tiger TV Painter as a fully functioning toy and video glitch device. The toy was purchased at a Sacramento thrift store in 2007 and sat in a closet until it was hacked in 2014. Donald also performs as VCO Vault and with Spectrum Electric and runs Gridwalk.net.
Camilla Puccini and Leah Malinowski performed a piece called Specter vs. Specter which portrayed two extraterrestrial citizens (the performers) playing a board game viewable to the audience as an animation projected on the wall via overhead projectors. In the game, images and creatures emerge and transform running though an experiential universe. Simple lights and mirrors are used to project the imagery onto the ceiling casting reflections and shadows with motion and color. These elements playfully interact with a pre-composed soundtrack made of environmental and static noise. The piece draws on the creative curiosity of the performers in hopes of sharing another world with ourselves and viewers alike. Duration 5-7 min.
Rebecca Rau www.rebeccaraustudio.com
Rebecca Rau is a multidisciplinary artist who began primarily as a sculptor utilizing textile elements. Her studio is housed in Oakland’s Faultline Artspace. Rebecca studied Sculpture and Art History at SFAI and NYU. Rebecca works for a performing arts organization in Oakland, dividing her time between non-profit work and her studio practice. “Slow Mo Selfie” used scanners utilizing a process that involved performing dance-like movements over the scanner's moving beam of light, which then translated into abstracted representations of self. What interests Rebecca about the outcome of this process is that it removes the recognizable "self" from the "selfie," although small, discernible fragments occasionally make an appearances. It is a spoof on smartphone culture and a celebration of dying technologies’ abilities to be useful in the studio (rather than home office) context.
Geoff Morris www.gradientfade.bandcamp.com Geoff Morris is a multi-instrumentalist based in improvisation and evolving ambient expressions. His music is sculptural, created through repetitions of building up and carving away.
Jon Hrabko - Originally from Los Angeles, Hrabko studied Art and Electronic Music at UCSC and now operates out of a studio in Eat Oakland's Fruivale district. Hrabko also has a foot in the experimental music scene in the bay area and plays and records on his own and with collaborators as Protoghost.