The relevance of a given example of Conceptual Art within the context of Art History consists not solely in its original manifestation. An aspect often ignored is the "cloud" of ancillary press releases, critical articles, documentary photos and videos, discussions and references in the context of other artworks. These accompany the original Conceptual work into History, through Time and into lasting cultural relevance IF the work merits such. This cloud may exist after the original creative expression is no longer extant, becoming, in effect, its imperishable body. This evolving body of ancillary reference (created not by the artist initially but by subsequent engaged participants) influences our understanding of the original, transforming it.
Interactive installation, 2021
from the series "Crossmutations"
The artist, Joe Davis, one of the founders of the wave of modern "Science Art," worked from the research laboratories at the University of Massachusetts, attempting to establish relations with extraterrestrial civilizations. Using materials and technologies found in his biological research (and from Science in general) he worked on important projects sending "intellectual messages to fellow minds" in Outer Space. According to unconfirmed reports, one of these messages, sent into space in the 1980s, contained "the Malevich Square," populated with a colony of Escherichia coli bacteria whose genetic code Davis selectively altered, encoding therein two volumes of Goethe's poems. Davis's theory was that bacteria are an ideal data carrier as they multiply quickly and are hardy survivors. If this project really took place, obviously Davis would have anticipated that over the course of such a long flight to another civilization, everything would be subjected to cross-mutations — not only the bacteria, but, Goethe's poems, equally, and possibly the Malevich square. . .
My creative project, "The Joe Da message" suggests a form "Davis's capsules with bacteria" may acquire after their long journey and numerous transformations when finally they reach alien intelligences. Moreover, as with all Conceptual Art, "The Joe Da message" further expands and transforms the "ancillary information cloud " around Davis's originally intended project.
Video-trailer of virtual 3D model of the exposition:
approximate layout of the exhibition space:
the project consists of three audio-visual parts:
The primary audio-visual-kinetic immersive installation features video images linked to an interactive feedback system. This permits the participant to effect, through body motion, stance and/or gestures, a viewer-specific virtual audio visual experience.
12-16 back-lit transparancies, 60х60, 30х60, 30х30 sm