Quantum of Disorder
A collaboration between Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich and artists-in-labs program ICS/ZHdK, curated by Sabine Schaschl and Irène Hediger
The group exhibition “Quantum of Disorder” presents a number of artists, and groups of artists, who create their works by means of new technologies and programming engendered by the interplay between order and disorder, system and deviation.
With works by Thomas Baumann, Cod.Act, Attila Csörgő, Alexandre Joly, Peter Kogler, Pe Lang, Carsten Nicolai, Semiconductor, Troika
Against the backdrop of the solo exhibition on computer artist Vera Molnar (which is taking place at Haus Konstruktiv simultaneously) and the curatorial work of the artists-in-labs program in art and science, there arose the idea of creating a platform for trans-disciplinary approaches in contemporary art. Established ordering systems and design systems, the definition of algorithms and parameters, with which certain forms are generated or functions are activated, mathematical calculations, and scientific deductions all serve as a basis for constructivist-concrete art, and for the artists exhibited here. Here, the incorporation of disorder and deviation is an essential and (to an equal extent) interlinking element.
This cooperation project does not put forth any hypothesis, and it is not intended to convey any finding. Instead, it is to be seen as an experiment, in which issues pertaining to art encounter the processes and achievements of the natural sciences. Principles of order emerge as a common denominator, providing the basis for both artistic and scientific practice. The exhibition presents nine artists, or artists’ groups, who offer an insight into various possibilities regarding algorithmic and systematic applications. Here, the spectrum ranges from computer-controlled plotter images that suggest a direct link with Vera Molnar, to kinetic installations where one geometric form is transformed into another, through to computer-generated all-over images that call our spatial perception into question, or to video recordings, in which invisible magnetic rays in a research laboratory are made visible.
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