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Edition:100
Price:USD $99
Resistance
by LIA

Much of LIA’s early works, programmed in Macromedia Director and accessible online using the Shockwave plugin, are currently inaccessible. If the webpages are in many cases still online, current browsers lack the necessary support to properly run them, so while the works still exist, they’re technologically sequestered.

“Resistance”, LIA’s new piece, uses FRAMED*’s technological context to revisit and reimagine some of her approaches in re-move.org and turux.at, not by rebuilding any one of those pieces, but rather by reenacting processes that were often used in those series of works.

In “Resistance” we can find several moving elements with trails, black squares that continuously swipe the screen vertically, leaving a stream of markings in all positions they visited. As every time one of these cycles ends the element randomly chooses a new horizontal position, the iteration of these cycles would inevitably conduce to a totally black screen. Atop of these elements, a big orange square also moves around, exhibiting a behaviour that’s not unlike that of all other elements. This square, however, does not leave a trail but rather deletes those left by all other elements.

No matter how hard the orange rectangle tries to erase the many black markings left in the canvas, black pieces keep industriously moving. Depending on how they interact sometimes we may be led to believe that the orange square is getting ahead, sometimes the opposite happens.

The extreme formal minimalism of “Resistance” also brings us back to LIA’s early works. Once more we have a LIA piece that is minimal to the extreme in its basic surface elements, but that through their elements’ motions and behaviours, builds complex dynamics and ever-shifting compositions. It is with these dynamics that LIA builds elaborate experiences, that develop gnarly narratives that may alternatively be seen as expressing political stances, declaring principles, or simply, perhaps, as gateways for introspection.

Miguel Carvalhais, Porto, 2017
Edition:100
Price:USD $99
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LIA
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 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 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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