Dorkbot Brings Hardware Into Its Own At The Bruxelles iMal [Exhibition Preview]

<p>In the seventh release of the sessions, DorkbotBRU explores the role played by technology within art.</p>

Originating in New York the early 2000s, the Dorkbot network, now present in over fifty different cities, introduces and unites people from all sectors of the art world, mainly artists, art critics, and researchers. The Brussels art center iMal has organized its seventh session, taking place on February 23rd and based around three installations that use technology as an artistic medium.

If we accept the premise that contemporary art and its digital metamorphoses owe much to technology and computer data, it is the more precise role played by these ‘machines’ in the creation of works of art that is often left aside. It’s precisely this relationship that Dorkbot’s seventh session intends to explore by exhibiting some of the chosen works of art “where visible ‘hardware’ plays an integral role within the work while not necessarily acting as its primary discourse.”

OUTNUMBERED, a brief history of imposture by Jasper Rigole and Gert Aertsen, has set tongues wagging with a gigantic panoramic photograph from 1936. A computer operated camera focuses its lens onto the photo’s surface randomly capturing a selection of faces thus tying together a collection of otherwise anonymous portraits.

Félix Luque created Nihil ex Nihilo as a science-fiction short (watch the film here). The artist will present the neon alphanumeric display device, which he uses throughout the film.

And finally, the Lab[au] collective, represented by Jérome Decock, will present SwarmDots, their sculpture created using an ‘art console.’