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by LIA


LIA has a deep understanding of how computational art exists beyond the material flow of things. Being above all subface, a computational artwork is code, data and metadata. As Boris Groys posits, it is not object but benjaminian aura. From programmatic descriptions, computation — which is itself the artwork — is enacted and gives rise to objects: sensorial effusions that are temporarily and fleetingly created; that are brought to the world just to quickly disappear, leaving nothing but impressions lingering in one’s memory. This is art as flow, art as process, art as concept, art as event. This is an art that looks at the future and leaves us with cursory traces that we often mistake as the work. This is living art.

This is however not the reason why LIA’s works often seem to display organic formal traits. LIA’s living structures are certainly not biological, nor do they try to simulate biological processes, or to mimetise organic forms. The unfolding of a piece such as Fluctus expresses its wholeness and leaves behind prochronistic traces that may allow the inference of the complexity of the morphogenetic processes churning away at its computational core. We mesmerise at these outputs in a highly abstract and alien context that is nevertheless rife with all too familiar patterns.

// Text: Miguel Carvalhais
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Austrian artist LIA is considered one of the pioneers of software and net art and has been producing works since 1995. Her practice spans across video, performance, software, installations, sculpture, projections and digital applications. The artist’s primary working material is code, which consists of LIA translating a concept into a formal written structure that then can be used to create a “machine” that generates real-time multimedia outputs. Since her concept is fluid - opposed to the formality of the written code that requires engineered precision - the translation process between machine and artist can be viewed like a conversation. The process is repeated until LIA is satisfied with the machine’s interpretation; at which point the generative framework, in which the artwork can develop, is considered finished.

LIA’s works combine traditions of drawing and painting with the aesthetics of digital images and algorithms, characterised by a minimalist quality and by an affinity with conceptual art. She focuses on the translation of certain experienced principles into abstract forms, movements and colours in order to allow the viewer to explore the same on a subconscious level.

LIA has exhibited internationally including Contemporary Istanbul, 2017; Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, 2017; Art Science Museum Singapur, 2016; Variation - Paris Media Art Fair, Paris, 2015; Short Cuts, CentrePasquart, Biel/Bienne, 2015; Poetic Codings, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, 2014; If this is the answer, what is the question?, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art Vienna, 2014; Decode: Digital Design Sensations - Victoria & Albert Museum in collaboration with onedotzero, London 2009; Design Museum Holon, Israel, 2012, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, 2011; X Freundschaftsfragen, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, 2011; Mind and Matter, Kuenstlerhaus Vienna, Vienna, 2010; Another Tomorrow: Young video art from the collection of the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, 2008; Ars Electronica Exhibition; Florence Biennale, Florence, 2007. The artist has also received various awards, including Outstanding Artist Award, Austria 2017; Digital Graffiti Curator’s Choice Award, 2014; Prix Ars Electronica, Honourable Mention, 2007; Diagonale Film Festival, Innovative Cinema, First Prize, 2006; and Prix Ars Electronica, Net Excellence / Award of Distinction, 2003.

LIA lives and works in Vienna.
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