Anya & Andrew Shiva Gallery 860 Eleventh Avenue, New York 10019 Gallery hours: Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm
Curated by Jayanthi Moorthy and Daria Dorosh
Artists in <Decode> Artists Policing Data respond to data in forms that move beyond graphs and charts. They integrate data into their artwork in provoking, beautiful and sensorial ways. This process demonstrates how data is gathered and converted into new patterns that they use to understand and interpret the world. When the goal of data collection is for personal use, it offers a rich pool of possibilities for making new connections.
Artists have always been drawn to data, whether scientific, cultural, social or political. Not unlike investigators and scientists, they track large amounts of information to bring attention to various aspects of the world. They transform them into an aesthetic form that can be seen, felt and touched. They are drawn to the complexity in a modern world, which ranges from ecological and cultural issues to political surveillance to a quest for spiritual insight.
<Decode> Artists Policing Data looks at art as more than end product and process. Seen together, these works give insight about the new forms of social, economic, and political structures we live in. In a sense, the artist’s life, which is an ongoing inquiry into the world, is the artwork. By presenting diverse works within a digital thematic framework, we hope that gallery visitors may discover even more information in the uncharted conceptual space between the individual works on view.