Vanishing Point. bitforms gallery nyc. May 30 – July 19, 2013

Vanishing Point. bitforms gallery nyc. May 30 – July 19, 2013
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Vanishing Point. Annie Dorsen, Kyle McDonald, Boris Meister,   RAND Corporation, Elaine Reichek, Sebastian Schmieg,   Mungo Thomson, Clement Valla, and Siebren Versteeg

Vanishing Point. bitforms gallery nyc. May 30 - July 19, 2013

Elaine Reichek. SETI, (detail view) 2004. Hand embroidery on linen. 40 x 57″ / 101.6 x 144.8 cm (framed)

Curatorial statement by A.E. Benenson:

At the birth of modern computing, a paradox: only after Alan Turing theorizes an infinitely large computer* do we begin to plausibly imagine how our world could be digitally remade as small as possible. That is, it’s only after Turing fixed our technological gaze outwards onto infinity that we began our relentless dwindling inwards, towards miniaturized circuits and virtualization. Taking this contradictory movement as both its content and form, the exhibition Vanishing Point presents views onto a contemporary digital vastness that is both boundless and barely there.

By understanding computing as an ongoing experiment in the incommensurate, the artists in this exhibition draw the discipline of computing into various unlikely associations: outer-space, the afterlife, Abstract Expressionism, Greek Tragedy. And yet at the same time, there is a move to deconstruct the traditional aesthetic associations with the infinite (e.g. “the sublime”) in terms of a contemporary virtual sprawl that is often pathetically insignificant, banal and quotidian. These analytical impulses are tempered with modes of address that are more lyrical, less direct; formal experiments within the contradictions of a new vastness that is simultaneously too large and too small to be fully apprehended.

Here, “vanishing point” refers not only to the infinitely distant and small destination where everything rushes to converge, but also to a potential moment of disappearance – an event horizon where technology swallows something once and for all…what exactly – irrationality, expressivity, scarcity, suffering? Nothing in this exhibition claims to know with certainty. The objective is not to make predictions, but to press ourselves a little closer to the arc that bends towards the limit.

*the universal Turing machine, 1936
Vanishing Point. bitforms gallery nyc. May 30 - July 19, 2013

RAND Corporation. A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates 1955. Book, first edition.
10.8 x 7.8 x 3 in / 27.4 x 19.8 x 7.6 cm

Exhibited Works:  

Annie Dorsen, “Hello, Hi There”, 2011-2013

Kyle McDonald, “Only Everything Lasts Forever” 2009

Boris Meister, “Above the Cloud – Archaeology of Social Networks”, 2012

RAND Corporation, A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, 1955

Elaine Reichek, “SETI”, 2004

Sebastian Schmieg, “Search by Image”, 2011-ongoing

Mungo Thomson, “Einstein #1”, 2008

Clement Valla, “Paintings from Wushipu”, 2009

Siebren Versteeg, “2×3”, 2013

This exhibition marks the US debut of artist Boris Meister, and the NYC premiere of recent works by Kyle McDonald, Sebastian Schmieg, Clement Valla and Siebren Versteeg.


Public Program:

A tour of the exhibition, with curator A.E. Benenson, will take place Thursday, June 27, at 5:00 PM.

It is free and open to the public. RSVP: info@bitforms.com

Vanishing Point. bitforms gallery nyc. May 30 - July 19, 2013

Annie Dorsen. Hello, Hi There, 2011. Mixed media performance. Dimensions variable.
Photo by Steirischer Herbst / W. Silveri.



A.E. Benenson (b. 1986, USA) is an independent curator and writer who engages contemporary technology as a means to revise aesthetic and political histories.  www.benenson.ae

Annie Dorsen (b. 1973, USA) is an artist, writer and director whose practice encompasses theatre, film, dance and performance. Her “algorithmic theatre” projects combine dramaturgy with cybernetics, yielding meditations on improvisation, mortality, and the social bonds between humans and machines. Her work has previously been presented at PS122, New York; Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany; Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria; Black Box Teater, Olso, Norway; South by Southwest, Austin, Texas; and BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway. As director of Passing Strange (2008), she won several awards, including an Obie for Best New Theatre Piece. www.anniedorsen.com

Kyle McDonald (b. 1985, USA) is an artist working with programmed code as medium and theme, creating intricate systems and playful environments that explore translation, contextualization and similarity. Previously his work has been exhibited at the Yamaguichi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguichi, Japan; NODE Forum, Frankfurt, Germany; and Eyebeam, New York. www.kylemcdonald.net

Boris Meister (b. 1989, Switzerland) is a graphic designer who uses emerging forms of screen-based images and interactivity to challenge the expectations and limits of traditional print media. His design practice is interested in how and by which means a media could carry a message. Previous exhibitions of his work include Studio Joost Grootens, Amsterdam, and Niekolass Johannes Lekkerkerk, Rotterdam. www.ingoodwetrust.ch

RAND Corporation separated from the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, CA, in 1948, as an outgrowth of World War II. Dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational, and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States, RAND is an independent, nonprofit organization. Focused on empirical analysis, its name was adopted from a contraction of the term research and developmentwww.rand.org

Elaine Reichek (b. 1943, USA) mines the history of art for forms and processes that critically engage digital aesthetics, language and systems theory. Widely exhibited, past solo exhibitions of her work has included the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; and the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel; among others. www.elainereichek.com

Sebastian Schmieg (b. 1983, Germany) works with found materials and custom software to create pieces that examine the way contemporary technologies shape online and offline realities. Past exhibitions of his work include the Museum of Modern Art Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; and the MICRO Festival, Milan, Italy.  www.sebastianschmieg.com

Mungo Thomson (b. 1969, USA) reimagines the materials of everyday social spaces and mass media with a voice that is simultaneously idiosyncratic and immediately legible within a long tradition of West Coast conceptual art. Featured in the 2008 edition of the Whitney Biennial, Thomson has exhibited recent solo projects at SITE Santa Fe; The Highline, New York; Aspen Art Museum; LAXART; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. In 2014 he will open a new project in Texas at ArtPace, San Antoino.  www.mungothomson.com

Clement Valla (b. 1979, USA) adapts computer programs and their networks to reveal the usually hidden processes, mechanisms and biases embedded in everyday algorithmic structures. Past exhibitions of Valla’s work include the 319 Scholes, New York; Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee; and the Museum of the Moving Image, New York.  www.clementvalla.com

Siebren Versteeg (b. 1971, USA) is an artist whose practice uses digital aesthetics to question the formal conventions of art – integrating historical genres of painting and the contemporary logic of systems theory or cybernetics. Past solo exhibitions of his work include the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and the Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas. Group exhibitions have included the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois and the National Museum of Art, Prague, Czech Republic.  www.siebrenversteeg.com

Clement Valla. Mark Copies J.F. Kensett's Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from his Studio Window from "Paintings from Wushipu", 2009. Oil on canvas. 37 x 25 in / 93.9 x 63.5 cm

Clement Valla. Mark Copies J.F. Kensett’s Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from his Studio Window from “Paintings from Wushipu”, 2009. Oil on canvas. 37 x 25 in / 93.9 x 63.5 cm

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