Software Everywhere You Look


In an age of Facebook, omnipresent blogs, and camera phones, the charming awkwardness of young love is arguably more transparent, though certainly no less thorny. Digital social networking means that the American teenage heart need not be a lonely hunter. Or at least not as portrayed in Golan Levin's Valentine's Day project, The Dumpster (2006), an interactive online visualization of internet heartbreak. The site extracts real postings from millions of blogs to explore "specific romantic relationships in which one person has 'dumped' another." While this sounds partly tragic, there is a great deal of humanist redemption in viewing how similar our innermost feelings are. Levin will no doubt bring this same sense of hope and wit to his first solo show at Bitforms gallery in New York City, opening Friday November 30th. Levin's illustrious career is too vast to encapsulate and almost reads like the history of interactive software art itself, but suffice it to say he is an artist, composer, performer, and engineer that whimsically presents new ways in which to expressively relate to technology and each other. In the show at Bitforms he will present five new interactive environments that "signal a shift in his interests toward spectatorship and the human gaze as a means of activating visual art experiences." Levin has created work that incorporates its own sense and history of being observed.