Universal (2011)

Curated by rlalto
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"I Love You_I Miss You" in my opinion fits very well into the 20c curriculum. It uses programming to suggest an artistic idea. It also fits well with the theme of my exhibition. Love is something I consider to be a universal concept. The fact that this particular piece of artwork can imitate feelings through a computer program I think represents how love has gestures that are embedded into the mind of any human. So much so that we can recognize these gestures even from a machine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "When was the last time you said I love you?" falls under the same reasoning used with the previous piece. Again, as love is something universal, anyone can understand and interpret it. Like in the previous artwork, beings are asked to express feelings of affection without any real knowledge or physical contact with the subject. But unlike the program, the interpreters in "When was the last time you said I love you?" are humans. The fact that these elderly persons can read interpret and act out lines about love from people they have never met reinforces the idea of love as being something universal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Wikipedia Art"is universal in a more technical sense than a figurative as in the above examples. The project took place in Wikipedia and therefore, in order to submit a work to "Wiki-Art" one would reference it on another website. This would help to spread the art throughout the web and spread it further through out the world. Wikipedia is inherently collaborative as anyone can access and edit any of the articles. Wikipedia Art connects artist through collaboration over the web and is thus an attempt at creating something universal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "What Are You?" might be considered something the opposite of universal or 'inclusive'. This is because of it's emphasis on stereotypes which can be both exclusive and divisive. However, the piece is not about the stereotypes themselves, rather, it is a play on stereotypes, a parody if you will. The program will randomly choose two different models and combine them into one presentation. The work can be interpreted as a melting pot and a breaking of boundaries created by the idea of separation. In this it is also a universal piece. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Zombie and Mummy" also play with this idea of inclusiveness. While this art work is not so serious as it's counterparts in this exhibition, it is still a very powerful connecting piece. In fact, it may be even more powerful than the rest in the fact that the creators of the work are not programmers, but rather they are artists, similar to Wikipedia Art. The story created through a list of links and comic images is of a zombie and a mummy preforming everyday tasks. The fact that the characters are fictional allow anyone to connect and project themselves into it and creates something universal rather than exclusive as a program or high art might. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Together these works create something inclusive, something interactive, something universal. These are works that anyone can use explore and connect with. The fact that they are being portrayed through digital media only expands the audience and allows more people to become involved.

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