SPACE776 NFT Art Exhibition
Smell of Digital
DigiAna group artists strive to represent contemporary digital society through a variety of artistic approaches. Diffusing the analog hand-made human presence and digital processes of creation provides an opportunity to ponder the relationship between the digital and natural worlds and help define what the digital is in itself. For this online exhibition, eleven artists from around the world present their work as NFTs, taking various approaches to the new digital format.
DigiAna Art deals with multi-sensory digital and analog media. The artists’ works focus on augmented reality and the cultural intersections between human-felt experience and a virtually-impelled world. Through virtual event, group performance, gallery show and lots format events, DigiAna Group creates a meeting place for viewers to enjoy and discuss these ideas.
Digital media and platforms are designed to blend into people’s lives just as knives and forks are designed to use for eating and blend into our lives. Everyone uses digital devices and platforms on a daily basis to share photos, videos, information and services nowadays.
DigiAna Art aims to raise a question about connections, values, and lifestyles created by digital devices and media such as the Internet and SNS and redefine them. It is an experimental attempt to remove the role that digital devices and those platforms currently play in order to grasp the essence of the contents.
DigiAna Art can be said to be an art that represents our contemporary lifestyles and societies captured, destroyed, reconstructed, or created by the Internet and digital devices.
Juan Álvarez (Wamoo)
Video, 1:39min, 2021
Juan Álvarez (Wamoo)
Juan Álvarez, also known as Wamoo, is a Dominican-American video artist from New York City. His style can be described as an internationally flavored version of pop art, using bright colors and music to blend together influences from all over the world. He composes his videos by mixing his own shot footage with found footage, video games, and other kinds of clips to create collages. He has shown his work for events taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum, and Lightbox in New York.
This is a chapter of Tranquilo, a video collage musical series which airs on Instagram stories and later IGTV (@thisiswamoo). Tranquilo is a coming of age story combining the sights and sounds of New York City and the visual language of early video games. The episode submitted, "Harlem", is a critique on gentrification and the effects it has on the culture of the neighborhoods where it's taking place.
Hotbox the Noise
Video, 16:19 min, 2021
Indira Ardolic is a new media artist and creative technologist. She works with artists and galleries, using different game engines and programs to create interactive or visual experiences. Her expertise ranges from digital to physical, hand-held to full scale. She has worked on pieces featured in Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Tacoma Film Festival, Bitforms, Telematic, and more. Indira’s recent personal work is programmed in game engines, as she takes advantage of physics simulations and mathematical
expressions to create surreal visualizations.
“Hotbox the Noise” is in collaboration with Effie Vision, the musician and sound designer of the piece. It is a meditative assessment of the medial frontal cortex's ability to create images from patterns and colors by giving recognition and meaning to parts of objects that could otherwise not contain such depth. Recalling memories, finding vague
associations, and experiencing a state where the images in your head are louder than the images in front of you is raw human experience.
Poem, Paint Images
Ray Barash (b. 1995) is a New York-based multimedia artist and poet interested in exploring the unconscious mind--both collective and individual--by focusing on themes of myth, magic, and patterns. He has exhibited work at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, worked with the Mystic Mami collective, and created works of public art. He has organized events and performed at venues in the NYC area, including Sunnyvale, Sidewalk Cafe, the Tea Factory, and the Gateway.
The poem “sleepless” is about a dreamlike journey where the protagonist enters a liminal state. The accompanying image is a sigil derived from the phrase “protection against despair”, inscribed over some free-association automatic drawings. There are meta questions the viewer should consider with this piece, such as, what does it mean to "own" a poem? How is "owning" a work of art reproduced digitally similar and different to owning a physical work of art? Does making a personal poem public in this specific way affect its essence?
Video, 13:46 min, 2021
Testu Collective are an NYC-based art group founded by Dan Tesene and Serena Stucke in 2017. They create performances to shift the audience’s perspectives through the use of concepts from expanded cinema and intermedia. Their work reimagines visual systems and sonic environments
through a combination of custom-made videos, experimental soundworlds, architectural elements, and sculptural movement. Testu Collective’s approach to creating performances is to challenge the traditional hierarchical relationship between the audience and performer/stage. Specifically, during Covid, they foster community and connect visual and sonic artists from around the globe through their curations and live-streamed performances.
80% of our ocean remains unexplored. The Hadal Zone is the deepest and least explored part of the ocean. Although treacherous to life, many extremophiles inhabit this region, most of which exhibit bioluminescence in their physiology. We've created a series of optical projection surfaces when kinetically activated in the presence of projected light, reimagine lifeforms found in the deep ocean. Ultimately, we’ve created our own cinematic world, evoking the deep sense of mystery the Hadal leaves with us. No digital effects were used in creating sounds and visuals on this project.
Richard Ford lll
Virtual Mural, 2020
Richard Ford lll
Born in Detroit, MI., Richard works as an illustrator and graphic designer in New York. Stylistically drawn to the aesthetics of anime and manga, he compliments his illustrations with his background of street art, giving his characters attitude, yet a hint of cuteness that strongly reflects his character and personality. "From a young age art has always been where I found myself best expressed. Comics, manga, animation, and music have embedded themselves deep in my mind and have since inspired and influenced what I do. Through honing my skills at Columbia College Chicago, and diligently practicing over the years post graduation, I am able to channel my imagination into the pieces you see. I am an abstract making, stitched together by the thoughts in my mind. My creativity is an extension of my life experiences, my relationship with God, my family and friends. The good times that caused the terrible nightmares. My art will always be the way to see my dreams, failures, and hopes. I am a product of everything that kindles my creative soul."
“Party Ghouls” was a virtual graffiti piece painted with an Oculus Quest. While in the pandemic lockdown of NY, the desire to paint on a large scale, and outside was huge. The oculus and software allows you to escape and relive the moments of youth, painting illegal graffiti.
Jing LIN (b. 1993, China) is a contemporary multimedia artist, photographer and curator who lives in New York and Shanghai. Lin obtained her B.A. in Inter-media Arts from China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China in 2015 and her M.F.A. in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in New York in 2018. Her practice explores boundary issues at the intersection of human and machine; reality and virtuality; technology and tradition; life and death; gender, etc. Her works often juxtaposed Eastern philosophy with Western culture and combine new technology with traditional media.
Face is a sign of a person. People can recognize somebody depending on facial characteristics. That’s why an ID photo is necessary. The five sense organs are the most important to help people recognize one person. But without them all, can we still recognize any person? How? Those are things I want to express and explore. On the other hand, we see so many people’s facial expressions every day that we become blind to it. It’s like we see a lot of potatoes every day. So, I put the loading signs on everyone’s faces to represent “Face Blindness”, which is a common social issue. Meanwhile, I put myself among them. The identity question of myself requires me to look at the relationships with myself and other people. And I am trying to find my own identity.