Joseph Nechvatal

Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0

 

Galerie Richard (Paris)

74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris

 

Tel: 33 1 43 25 27 22

e-mail: paris@galerierichard.com

 

September 3rd - September 27th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Destroyer of Naivetés: COMPUTER VIRUS 1.0 is a revisitation to Joseph Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project work from 1992-93 that dealt with the AIDS (SIDA) virus epidemic placed in conjunction with a growing concern for computer viruses.

 

Thanks to Francois Cheval, Computer Virus Project was created under the umbrella of the Frac Franche-Comte at the Centre International de Réflexion sur l'Avenir de la Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at La Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans as part of Joseph Nechvatal’s artist-in-residency at Atelier Louis Pasteur in Arbois, France (1991-1993). The original HyperCard computer programming was executed in 1992 by Joseph Nechvatal in close collaboration with Jean-Philippe Massonie and Jean-Jacques Girardot at Laboratoire MIS (Université de Franche-Comté) and in conjunction with Christine Barrat at Apple Computer France. Dr. Nechvatal’s studio assistances on the project were Laurent Alix, Jacques Lathuille, and Jocelyn Garbett.

 

Finished Computer Virus Project artworks were exhibited under the curatorial direction of Anne Dary (Musee de Dole) at Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans in 1993 and in 1994 at Espace d'Art Yvonamor Palix (Paris), Galerie In Situ (Aalst, Belgium), Brooke Alexander Gallery (New York City) and in 1995 at Galerie Karin Sachs (Munich). In 1996 pieces from Computer Virus Project were exhibited in Joseph Nechvatal Retrospective at Galerie Berndt (Köln) (catalogue). In 2001 the computer animation created as part of Computer Virus Project was exhibited at Moving Image Gallery (New York City) in Transformers, a two-person exhibition with Joseph Nechvatal and Cory Arcangel.

 

A 1993 catalogue, edited by Luc Gruson of Arc-et-Senans: Foundation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, was produced by Franck Gautherot at CDM Dijon titled Joseph Nechvatal: Computer Virus Project. It contains a short essay by Joseph Nechvatal titled “The Computer and Conceptual Painting” (pp. 29-32), working notes by Jean-Philippe Massonie and an art essay by Robert C. Morgan titled “Nechvatal’s Visionary Computer Virus” (pp. 8-15). Bomb Magazine (winter 1994 edition) featured a double page spread on the Computer Virus Project.

 

 

 

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Works in the 2016 Galerie Richard Show

 

 

viral attaque : amoR foRti (1993)

1.19x1.78 cm (46x66”)

plastic & peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

plastic & computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

 

viral attaque : breaK thRougH (1993)

102x122.5 cm (40x48”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

viral attaque : haVes & haVe nOts (1993)

102x122.5 cm (40x48”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

viral attaque : la CaRne (1993)

190x275 cm (74.8x108.3”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

viral attaque : transmissioN (1993)

180x275 cm (70.9x108”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

viral attacque : passiOn pluS (1993)

102x122.5 cm (40x48”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

 

viral attaque : cOnquest Of the hOrrible (1993)

175x245 cm (68.9x96.5”)

peintures assistées par ordinateur sur toile

computer-robotic assisted acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

 

 

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THE HYPERCARD CODE

 

CLS

DIM 1 V$(9,5)

DIM 251 M$(3,900)

G$=FILES$(1,"TEXT",,V%)

W%=V%

OPEN"I",#1,G$,,V%

INPUT#1,NINFECTION

INPUT #1,NCOL

INPUT #1,NLIGN

FOR I=1 TO 4

FOR J=1 TO 8

INPUT#1,X%

V$(I,J)=CHR$(X)

NEXT J

NEXT I

CLOSE#1

F$=FILES$(1,"TEXT",,V%)

H$=LEFT$(F$,LEN(F$)-2)

FOR K=1 TO 3

IF K=1 THEN F$=H$+".R"

IF K=2 THEN F$=H$+".V"

IF K=3 THEN F$=H$+".B"

OPEN"I",#1,F$,,W%

LONG IF NCOL<=250

FOR I=1 TO NLIGN

READ#1,M$(1,I);NCOL

NEXT I

XELSE

FOR I=1 TO NLIGN

READ#1,M$(1,I);250

READ#1,M$(2,I);NCOL-250

NEXT I

END IF

CLOSE#1

RANDOM

FOR L=1 TO NINFECTION

VERTICAL=INT(RND(NCOL))

HORIZONTAL=INT(RND(250))

U=0

FOR J= VERTICAL TO VERTICAL+3

U=U+1

V=0

FOR I= HORIZONTAL TO HORIZONTAL+7

V=V+1

LONG IF ASC(V$(V,U))<>0

LONG IF NCOL<250 DEBUT$=LEFT$(M$(1,VERTICAL),LEN(M$(1,VERTICAL))-1)

FIN$=RIGHT$(M$(1,VERTICAL),LEN(M$(1,VERTICAL))-HORIZONTAL)            M$(1,VERTICAL)=DEBUT$+V$(V,U)+FIN$

XELSE     DEBUT$=LEFT$(M$(2,VERTICAL),LEN(M$(2,VERTICAL))-1)           FIN$=RIGHT$(M$(2,VERTICAL),LEN(M$(2,VERTICAL))-HORIZONTAL)

M$(1,VERTICAL)=DEBUT$+V$(V,U)+FIN$

END IF

END IF

NEXT I

NEXT J

NEXT L

IF K=1 THEN G$=H$+"-"+STR$(NINFECTION)+".R"

IF K=2 THEN G$=H$+"-"+STR$(NINFECTION)+".V"

IF K=3 THEN G$=H$+"-"+STR$(NINFECTION)+".B"

OPEN"O",#1,G$,,W%

LONG IF NCOL<=250

FOR I=1 TO NLIGN

PRINT#1,M$(1,I)

NEXT I

XELSE

FOR I=1 TO NLIGN

PRINT#1,M$(1,I)

PRINT#1,M$(2,I)

NEXT I

END IF

CLOSE#1

NEXT K

END

 

 

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The basic rule is, where information can go, a virus can go with it.

 

La rŹgle de base, c'est que lą oĚ l'information peut aller, un virus peut l'accompagner.

 

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Ostensibly, human bodies are integrating newly evolved and evolving viruses, only some of them, such as HIV, identifiable due to their pathogenicity. The majority of viruses and bacteria circulate around the biosphere and technosphere harmlessly and unnoticed.

 

Il paraĒtrait que les corps humains sont en train d'incorporer des virus récemment evolués et en voie d'évolution, dont certains seulement, tels que le VIH, sont susceptibles d'źtre identifiés grČce ą leur pathogénicité. La plupart des virus et des bactéries circulent dans la biosphŹre et technosphŹre, inoffensifs et inaperćus.

 

 

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We form a rhizome with our viruses, or rather, our viruses make us form a rhizome with other creatures.

 

- Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, “On The Line”

 

 

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