Our director Manuel Roßner in the exhibition space of »what we call painting«.
The digitalization and interconnectedness of our lives may well be considered the greatest societal upheaval these days. No other movement or development has changed the way we interact with our surroundings the way the internet and computer systems have. We all know the little shop down the road has been replaced by e-commerce; correspondents have to coexist with bloggers and tweeters.
Many among us use the web to make and keep friends. Many also spent their free time in virtual environments. Computers have accelerated and facilitated all areas of life. Writing Emails is much more convenient than writing letters.
There is evidence that proves this development to not only be additional to the already existing but that it has created fundamentally new ways of thinking and designing. It has altered and expanded the way we perceive things. The Centre d’Art Mâtiné (CERMÂ) canvasses the dichotomies of digital/analogue and real/virtual in the world of art in regard of a »digital society«.
»Art Mâtiné« describes art that has something to do with the new opportunities computers offer. The French word »Mâtiné« means »hybrid«, something that is made of two different kinds of things. It derives from hybrid computers that were built up to the 1970s and used both digital as well as analogue technology.
CERMÂ translates this concept into an artistic context offering a platform for both virtual and real art, and analyzes the relationships and differences between these two poles. It uses architecture visualizations to give us an impression of what abstract algorithms can create. The line between real and virtual becomes more and more blurred; one cannot tell anymore whether a piece of art was shaped by the hands of a human or computer software.
In CERMÂ’s virtual rooms, people work with tools that were developed like their analogue counterparts. Objects can be moved, turned, scaled or modified in many other ways on computer screens. CERMÂ presumes that exploring these tools can tell us something about changes in our perception and therefore records the “Index of Virtual Crafts in Contemporary Art and Culture”. This index categorizes pieces of contemporary art by tools that were used. The IVCCAC will be published as a part of the blog.
Manuel Roßner foundet CERMÂ in the beginning of 2012. He studies experimental concepts of space, timebased media and theory of the media at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach.