ENJOY THE NEW EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY (NEAT) IN THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM LATEST EXHIBITION
Featuring nine Bay Area artists, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) presents a celebration of the rapidly evolving relationship between art and technology at its new exhibit NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology. The showcase breaks down the barrier between artist and scientist, demonstrating the Bay Area’s leading role in bringing digital innovation.
When you enter the exhibit on the CJM’s second floor, you will be hypnotized by the interactive experience from all the artwork. One of them is a giant evanescent, multi-layered screen projection by Camille Utterback. “Sometimes what happens with artist using technology is that because maybe we are less formally train, we don’t know what we are not supposed to do. When engineers see it as a problem, we sometimes see it as the most interesting part of the system,” explains Utterback in CJM’s YouTube video. Her installation piece has two interactive areas with a camera and software that can capture the viewer’s movements. This results visually in a very futuristic collaborative space with transparent images that’s also tied to your present physical action.
NEAT takes its inspiration from E.A.T. Experiments in Art Technology, a 1960 project that is recognized as a landmark to be the pioneer of technology in contemporary art. Since then, there has been a basic change to the landscape of digital art forms. Artists don’t need to be paired with engineers anymore.
“In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the role of artist and engineer has merged,” writes CJM Chief Curator Renny Pritikin. “Programming is understood as a new tool for artists to create work, just like a paintbrush or pencil, and with the understanding that interdisciplinary thinking is inherent to individual makers now.”
At the end of the exhibit room, you will encounter a piece by Mary Franck that brings you to another world. It is the perfect art to end the museum tour. Franck’s Gilded and Unreal is a media sculpture that merges contemporary digital fabrication images and surfaces into one thing. The unidentified organic living colony creates a very relaxing atmosphere that makes you not want to leave this surreal exhibition. (MT)