Abstract images (in painting and sculpture and in film and dance) have occupied a prominent position in the art of the last hundred years. The Digital Abstractions project examines contemporary digital art works and brings them in an online catalog in association with earlier works in the history of abstract modern art. The investigation focuses on moving images with a mathematical basis, that is, on works whose conception is underpinned by a mathematically generative program, from algorithms or, if formulated iconographically, on basic forms, on curves and patterns.
The blog provides a platform for theme-oriented exchange among project participants and other interested specialists. It is a forum for thinking about aspects of digital abstraction and drawing attention to relevant works and contexts.
The online catalogue serves as a space of collecting and reflecting, as a tool that orders visually based studies and interrelates historical and contemporary examples. It consists of a multimedia collection of abstract visual formats of modern visual history and of digital art with an emphasis on moving works.
The Exhibition Digital Abstractions will take place from April 7 through May 22 at HeK (Haus of electronic Arts Basel) and is curated by Alexandra Adler and Reinhard Storz. It opens on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm. An Artist Talk with Rafael Rozendaal will be held before the opening, at 6 pm, and the opening will be followed by an audiovisual performance with Rainer Kohlberger at about 8 pm. The exhibition will be complemented by Artist Talks and lectures. List of the artists
For April 2016 an e-book is planed with contributions by authors and artists. The chosen e-book format for tablet computers and smart phones allows to embed animations. List of authors
Project head: Reinhard Storz
Conceptual assistant: Elisabeth Ritschard
Curators of the exhibition: Alexandra Adler and Reinhard Storz
Webmaster Blog: Esther Hunziker
Digital Abstraction is a coproduction of Xcult.org, the Art Institute of the Academy of Art and Design in Basel FHNW and HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel).
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