Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Siebren Versteeg, Flat Screens @ Meulensteen

In a genre as nebulous as New Media, whenever asked to describe it, Siebren is inevitably what jumps to my mind. I loved his AP scroll converted in real time into the sweating red and white cursive of the Coke a Cola logo or his faked closed circuit video of himself jotting down plot updates from daytime soaps by writing a program to convert real time plot updates into his had writing that he appears to be writing and then holding up. But I am left a little disappointed by Flat Screens, where he has set up an algorithm that ends up with the computer making paintings at random, which are not unlike more abstract and less attractive deKooning paintings. As enjoyable as it is to think about the art your computer would make if it made art, the resulting art tends to be a little muddy and unattractive. But then again, it is nice to know that if these sell well, Siebren can keep producing them long after he is died. Unless of course Bill Gates and/or Steve Job’s ghost copy write the art your computer makes if it could make art, in which case Siebren would be out of luck and you computer's art would be a lot more minimal.

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Meulensteen (511 W 22nd St. Btw. 10th & 11th Aves.)


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