Dal 18 dicembre 2010 al 8 febbraio 2011

Living Codes

Miguel Chevalier, Alex Dragulescu, Alessandro Capozzo

PaciArte gladly presents the collective exhibition Living Codes. Miguel Chevalier, Alex Dragulescu, Alessandro Capozzo, curated by Domenico Quaranta. This show aims at investigating the life representation and the simulation of its processes through the work of three artists of different educations, origins and generations: the French artist Miguel Chevalier (born in Mexico, 1959), one of the pioneers of digital art; Alex Dragulescu (1977), of Romanian origins but of American adoption; and the Italian artist Alessandro Capozzo (aaaa).

The life’s processes simulation, together with the algorithmic generation of the image and the information’s visualization, is one of the most sound and durable lines of informatics research, having roots traceable up to the sixties. During an era of overwhelming informations, of artificially generated images that are surrounding us and of simulations that are increasingly confused with reality, the artistic research facing these themes reveals an extraordinary topicality.

From the end of the seventies, Miguel Chevalier is working on the creation of immersive and interactive settings, greenhouses and herbariums where artificial plants are growing and reacting to human presence. Disciple of Des Esseintes, antihero of A rébours, a masterpiece of literary decadence, Chevalier is not attracted by realism, giving to his plants a characteristic aesthetic, completely artificial and based on geometries, straight cuts and transparencies. Going backwards into the technological progress, his recent works make another turn toward an anti-realistic direction with the Fractal Flowers, fascinating and cruel floral geometries that he translates in animations, printings and sculptures.

His interest in simulating the inner life of genetics algorithms is shared by Alessandro Capozzo. His work, developed from the late nineties, is focussed on the generative potentials of programming languages, precisely on its possibilities of writing instructions that, once executed, will generate an infinite flow of images. It is a research starting up from the minimalism and the Process Art, that Capozzo translates in minimum and stark shapes, distant from the flamboyant chromaticism of Chevalier or from the apparent realism of the atomic microscope of Alex Dragulescu. Actually, his microbes, his viruses and his actinians are only beautiful deceptions. Interested in information’s visualization, Dragulescu (who is also a researcher at the Boston MIT Media Lab) searches for visual metaphors in which he can translate “entities” that are otherwise existing only within computers, bu t that are strongly penetrated inside our daily life and to which we now refer as if they were real: spam and computer viruses. The latter are actually codes with their own life, modeled to be very similar to their biological counterparts, of which Dragulescu is, for the first time, showing us their looks.