The main goal of the seminar is to transform gaming practice, which is casually believed to be a nonimportant recreational activity, into a training ground for the production of knowledge and social and cultural studies.
This event is part of the public program of the World Gone By computer class.
Garage Digital stopped working on this project.
Performance Hydrogen City is the new site-specific performance by Digital Object Alliance invites visitors to experience the materiality of a speculative world of the future through the possible embodiment of videogame logics. The performance took place at Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow as part of the joint program by Garage Digital and the online platform Rhizome for the international exhibition World on a Wire.
Specially for the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 and Garage Digital, musician and artist James Ferraro has composed Xerces Blau, a music piece with a visual accompaniment developed by artist Ezra Miller using generative adversarial networks.
Xerces Blau (the title refers to Glaucopsyche xerces, an extinct butterfly species) expounds on the themes visited by Ferraro on his latest album Requiem for Recycled, released in spring 2019, with both pieces reflecting on human civilization’s intervention into natural processes and its impact on the course of evolution.
The four-part visuals, developed with the implementation of machine learning, feature dynamic hybrid imagery in which shots of butterflies and plants are overlaid with scary views of environmental catastrophes, real and fictional man-made landscapes, random urban photographs, and reproductions of artworks. By mixing together the natural and the anthropogenic, Miller visualizes the feeling of overabundance resulting from cultural and technical overproduction.
In the extinction of the species Glaucopsyche xerces the artists see a warning to humanity, which could itself become a victim of ecocide if people continue on the course of destructive progress.
An American composer and musician. His music, primarily studio albums, is known for exploring a variety of subjects that can be grouped under the umbrella of post-9/11 world order theory. Ferraro’s pieces uniquely address specific modern subjects, incorporating themes of 21st-century consumerism, cybernetics, emaciation , social experience in digital environments, hyperreality, ecological disasters, and the collapse of civilization. He began his music career in the early 2000s as a member of the Californian drone/noise duo The Skaters, after which he began focusing on solo work under his name and a wide variety of aliases. Ferraro received wider recognition in 2011, when his album Far Side Virtual was chosen as Album of the Year by The Wire. Born in New York, Ferraro currently lives in Berlin.
An artist working across many digital disciplines to create real-time generative art, interactive websites, live performances, and immersive experiences. He has extensive experience working with electronic musicians representing the labels Warp Records and LukyMe, as an art director, web developer, and VJ. Miller has also collaborated with Adidas, Alexander Wang, and Balenciaga, co-authoring (together with John Rafman) digital animation for Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. At the age of 20, he received the ADC Young Guns Award, becoming one of the youngest winners of the prize. Miller lives and works in New York.