Ghost Pressure (single) by Invalid Sisters & Andrew Deutsch

New release from Professor Andrew Deutsch in collaboration with Invalid Sisters titled Ghost Pressure released September 3, 2020.

Ghost Pressure (single) by Invalid Sisters & Andrew Deutsch
Ghost Pressure (single) Album Cover by Invalid Sisters & Andrew Deutsch
Ghost Pressure (single) Album Cover by Invalid Sisters & Andrew Deutsch

And the hydrogen jet fast
in pill bug form
and the hydrogen jet fast
not just some folkloric creature, but a real one with
and the hydrogen jet fast
and buggy eyes
and the hydrogen jet fast
i’ve been losing sleep at night
consist of devil, laser the laser
and buggy eyes
and the hydrogen jet fast
bring it, initiate a love affair
when the movie was back to earth
when the movie was back to earth
when the movie was back to earth
and the hydrogen jet fast
let’s crawl, let’s scratch, let’s tear out the life force
let’s tear out the life force
continuous dare
saly sonic, retain sonic, computer my sonic
saly sonic
it’s favored, it’s chilling
my suicide story of galaxy vixen, tug
not just some folkloric creature, but a real one with
listen, the devil is here
drink her plain heart
my irregular, your hot fuel ancient.

Find more of Andrew’s recordings on these labels:
Magic If, Deep Listening, Anomalous Records, Institute for Electronic Arts 

credits

Andrew Deutsch
Kurt (youuoy)
Ryan Abb
Mildred Amanda Conklin

Viral Transmission: A Medium in Between

Professor Souther’s Search Engine Vision Series will be included in a group exhibition Viral Transmission: A Medium in Between @ The OCAT Institute Curated by Yizhuo Irina, the exhibition opens September 1st and on display until December 20th.

OCAT Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to the history of art and its related discourses. It was established by OCAT in Beijing and is a member of the OCAT Museums. The Institute has three main focuses: publication, archive, and exhibition. Its research scope encompasses art from antiquity, modern and contemporary Chinese art, and specifically investigates artists, artworks, schools of art production, exhibitions, art discourses, as well as art institutions, publications, and other aspects of art’s overall ecology. It supports library and archive collecting and the facilitation of dialogue and exchange between China and abroad. It is also an exhibition space of the OCAT Museums in Beijing.

Search engines, icons, the White House, Buddha, real-time, viral memes, diffraction, and performativity…

Yizhuo Li: The themes in your Search Engine Vision series spans a broad political, cultural, and religious spectrum. How did you decide on them and their scope, specifically concerning “The White House” and “Buddha”?
Eric Souther: I tend to focus on recognizable icons of religion or culture because they provide assumptions of knowing. The Search Engine Vision Series works against a fixed knowing by broadening our definitions and understanding of the icons via the masses. The White House was in direct response to the shifting political landscape in 2016 when President Trump took office. The scope of “The White House” piece, however, spans from 2000-2018, I plan to keep adding to the piece until the end of 2020. With the establishment of YouTube 2005 to present, we are presented with a growing number of opinions and viewpoints that eventually give rise to fake news. The ebb and flow of political amnesia and nostalgia work together to fill in our cultural understanding of this icon.

Search Engine Vision The White House 2000-2018, Single Channel Video, 2018-2019
19min 28sec, 3840 x 2160 4k

Many of my works deal with ritual and religion for ways to contextualize and humanize our ritualistic relationships with technology. The Search Engine Vision Buddha work is also a homage to Nam June Paik TV Buddha Series. For Paik, the Buddha meditated on his real-time video image. For my piece, Buddha meditates on his online existence from a western search engine.

Search Engine Vision “Buddha”, Single Channel Video, 2012
4min 57sec, 1920 x 1080 HD

Y.L.: By clustering materials under the chosen terms, how do you see the inter-relations and intra-actions between the deployed video footages, in particular the ones gridded together into one recognizable pattern or structure?
E.S.: The clustering allows for a macro view of the database that is outside the norm of our consumption of YouTube. The gridded structure mimics the structural output of the search engine. However, the three-dimensional form disrupts and bends the grid around itself. I’m interested in this act being the material or matter that forms from the intra-actions of the collection. In all the pieces in the series plays a game of visually searching the database, asking the viewer multiple times, does this fit your definition of the icon?

Y.L.: You referenced Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs for your inquiry into the “online social structure,” and in my understanding, towards the generative condition and impulse of this structure. Can you elaborate more on the concept and purpose of your construction, which I find closer to the experiential process of meaning-making rather than extraction toward a psychological archetype or visual representation? In other words, can we perhaps say that the Search Engine Vision series brings forth a reflexive vision in search of its creative engine, instead of the vision itself?
E.S.: The construction of the work in the series is performative, created in real-time. I developed my software to move the camera, 3D model, and plane of 1,000 videos. These movements are related to gestures of searching i.e. looking side to side, up and down, and zooming in and out of the database. I search for the meaning of icon in question, then rest on videos that call for attention to spotlight them for a moment before the search continues. The meaning happens in-between the videos, an emergence that rises from the entanglement of intra-actions within the collection, and my performance. The process of meaning-making is more of diffraction than a reflection. Reflection is about representation that reinforces sameness and something that is fixed. Diffraction supports a closer look at the collection for similarities, divergence, and difference.

Y.L.: Can we talk more about the notion of “viral transmission” and an archival model that I consider central to this exhibition? You mentioned that much of your practice is aligned with new materialism, and among others, theories by notable scholars such as Karen Barad. In fact, Barad’s agential realism might offer a profound update of Antonin Artaud’s vision of the plague theater, where he importantly emphasizes the theatre’s capability of bringing out the latent perverseness of the human mind like the plague, rather than analogous contagiousness of the stage. How do you envision your position in a web of connected and mediated practice, as an artist who creates this series with YouTube videos, shares the collective memory with many of their authors, and again makes your work searchable, and potently transmittable, under the relevant keywords?

E.S.: I am outnumbered in my own body, and my position on the web is constructed from those around me alive or dead, in person or in text. We are all mediated. The stage is full of viral memes (element of culture or system that transmit from one person to another) that for the vast majority serve as entertainment. I strive to create work that reveals unseen signals within our technologically saturated lives, with the hope they provide a pedagogical experience to be retransmitted into the culture.

Y.L.: You have been working with a number of media centers and institutes in upstate New York, whose close engagement of artists and technologists has made a notable impact on the new media landscape; I also find this integration a distinct quality of your artistic work and experiments. Where would you stand around this junction—if you agree, there is a meaningful junction—of a permeating digital network culture across socio-cultural, geopolitical borders and the historical, institutional legacy of a specific region that is oftentimes limited to its immediate communities?

E.S.: Absoulultiy, the historical junction in upstate New York for experimental media art in large part is because of the pioneering work of Experimental Television Center and their foresight and focus in toolmaking, Media Study/Buffalo (Gerald O’Grady, Woody, and Steina Vasulka, and many more), Visual Studies Workshop, and the support of the New York State Council of the arts and its dedication to supporting experimental media art. The lineage of these communities continues to be supported via the Institute for Electronic Arts (iea), Squeaky Wheel, and Signal Culture. Out of the three, Signal Culture has influenced my practice and life the most. The founders Jason & Debora Bernagozzi and Hank Rudolph continue to build communities between artists, toolmakers, and researchers. I joined the board of directors in 2016, to help develop experimental video applications for real-time video processing. This was our way of sharing the importance of artist-made tools that used the guiding principles of ETC/SC studio’s, which include modularity, performative systems, philosophical processes, and provide a way to give back to our artist community around the world. Making video instruments (real-time hybrid analog and digital systems) is a key aspect of the tools and work I make.

Y.L.: If incorporating the SEV series into an imaginary archive of your oeuvre decades from now, what information would be the most constructive and crucial? What unpublished materials might be included?
E.S.: I want to think that the works could be restaged if their data is not upsampled to current formats. In this imaginary archive, you could use a search engine within a social visual platform for moving images for specific icons of the time, stream the first 1,000 videos or other future moving images like holograms in a grid (hopefully the internet is fast enough by then), map the grid onto a three-dimensional representation of the icon being searched, spend time searching the database via gestures of searching IRL, the soundscape should be a muted cacophony of 50-100 audio clips shifting across the 1,000 overtime, until a video is looked at (eye-tracking), then solo its audio, and then go back to searching. This may constitute a speculative software version of the Search Engine Vision series that would allow users to use as a real-time and generative experience. It would be nice to include unpublished sketches and expanded text, like this one.

Screenshot, SEV Buddha, 2013 image courtesy of the artist

Joseph Scheer — Xi’an 4th international printmaking workshop

Joseph Scheer

–>Short Bio
Born Heidelberg Germany, 1958
Joseph Scheer is a Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Print Media, and Co-Director/Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York. His current works, which span print media, video, and web-based projects, use technology to re-examine nature through interpretive collecting and visual recording. His work is in numerous international collections. This past summer a large selection of his work was featured in China’s First Printmaking Festival and Exhibition, Guanlan Museum of Printmaking, Guanlan, China, and the POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Grifth University, Brisbane, Australia. Other recent exhibitions have taken place at The Yantai Museum of Art, Yantai, China the National Museum of China, Beijing, and T+H Gallery Boston, MA. A recent show that traveled to four major museums in Sweden was comprised of 100 large format prints.

阿尔弗雷德大学电子艺术学院副主任

1958年出生于德国海德堡
约瑟夫•舍尔是一名富布莱特学者,平面媒体教授,纽约阿尔弗雷德大学电子艺术学院副主任、创始人。他目前的作品横跨平面媒体、视频及基于网页的作品。这些作品运用一定技术通过解释性的收集和视觉性的记录来重新审视自然。他的作品被许多国际机构所收藏。去年夏天,他的作品被大量选入中国首届版画艺术节展览、中国观澜版画博物馆、流行艺术画廊、澳大利亚布里斯班格里菲斯大学昆士兰艺术学院。其他的一些近期作品也在中国烟台艺术博物馆、中国国家博物馆、波士顿画廊。另一个远赴瑞典四大博物馆参展的近期作品是由100张大幅面的照片组成。

–> The body of work consisting of prints and video produced over the past decade is collectively called “Imaging Biodiversity”. It is about seeing the things that live on our planet in a particularly intense way. This happens by using extreme resolution, extended focus, and enlargements through scanning and HD Video that are the critical technical elements of my working process. Coming from a printmaking/print media background, handmade papers are the preferred carriers of the images produced. The technology of the time has always been the main driver of printing techniques from the past to the present and today there are more available to the artist than ever before. The images have generated great interest in the scientific community and so it was inevitable that my work would involve the science of the creatures themselves: taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, and even such knowledge as botany. More and more, I have been inspired to see larger meanings for what I do: explorations of places where science and art intersect and how the social aspects of awareness and appreciation affect what we choose to preserve or protect in this world. My work bridges the gap between aesthetics and technology—between the public spectacle of art and the more esoteric world of scientific research. Joseph Scheer

在过去十年中,印刷品和录像作品的主体被统称为”成像生物多样性”。它是关于目睹的事物,这些事物以一种特别强烈的方式生活在我们星球上。这是通过使用极端的分辨率,扩展的焦点和通过扫描和高清视频放大物,是我的工作过程中的关键技术因素。由于版画或平面媒体的背景,手工制作的纸制品是首选的图像生成载体。从过去到现在,当时的技术一直是印刷技术的主要驱动力。相对于过去现如今有更多技术可供艺术家使用。这些图像对科学界产生了极大的兴趣,因此我的工作不可避免地会涉及生物本身的科学:分类学、地理、地理学、生态学甚至是植物学等知识。我得到越来越多的启发,看到我所做的事情的更大意义:探索科学和艺术相交的地方,以及社会方面的认识和品味将如何影响我们在这个世界上选择保护或保护的东西。我的作品弥合了美学与技术之间的鸿沟—艺术的公共奇观和更深奥的科学研究世界的鸿沟