UK-based digital artist Paul B. Davis has long been known for manipulating outdated and/or obsolete computer technologies (most notably the Nintendo gaming system), and for his work as part of the internationally renowned programming ensemble BEIGE. Intentional Computing, his latest exhibition, sees Davis further exploring the relationship between computers and art.
The first part of the exhibition is a five-part hack into a game cartridge, incorporating codes from Davis’ tech-art peers in BEIGE. Picture this software collage as something not unlike new cartridges that bundle five games onto one bulky disc, though Davis’ project is more concerned with questions of piracy and authorship.
The second section is a collaborative video installation with psychedelic art collective Paper Rad, which, according to the press release, “accentuates and aesthecises artifacts inherent in video compression formats, particularly MPEG-4.” It’s probably safe to presume that seizures will surface from some sort of visual massacre of color.
A portion of the exhibition titled Fat Bits wraps things up. Here, close-ups of an NHL hockey match will be converted into images stored within Nintendo's programming system, then manipulated for a slow motion, distorted ice-hockey brawl available for viewing. Intrigued? Check it out at the end of this month.
Intentional Computing runs Wednesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 23, 2007
Seventeen, 17 Kingsland Rd. London.