the virus has been spread!
'Spread The Virus' is a one year online exhibition that explores the impact of technologies within current international artists. In a monthly basis, new artists will join the virtual exhibition, all exploring the possibilities provided by digital technologies in the production of their works.
This constantly growing exhibition offers works never seen before, created solely for this project - ranging from iPhone drawings to Photoshop paintings. The title 'Spread The Virus’ is taken from Cabaret Voltaire's 80's song under the same name, which pioneered the birth of a new sound by integrating experimental sensibilities- and a very direct message: "60 Second Wipe Out. The Virus Has Been Spread". Defining our moment in culture, this online exhibition intends to encourage a community of artists to create digital-based art.
James Irwin (b. 1980 Lincoln, England) graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2005, and went on to complete an MFA in Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmith's between 2008-2010. He has exhibited widely across the UK. Residencies include ESXLA (2014) Los Angeles, USA. He is currently living and working in London while preparing for forthcoming online curatorial projects.
what is digital art?
Rex Bruce, Founder and Director of Los Angeles Center of Digital Art
"First and foremost is the data; anything that is construed by reconstituting binary numbers into “art”, is of course digital art."
"This data can be generated in real time or not, statistically, mathematically, virtually, optically, interactively by input device, or as an appropriated sample or scan. Then, through a vast array of software available (or programmed by the artist) we further manipulate, animate, and edit to realize the final form the zeros and ones take."
Bob Bicknell-Knight, London based Artist and Curator, Founder of Isthisit? and Director of A217 Gallery
"If an artist claims or brands their work as 'digital art', then it is deemed to be so."
"A lot of the artwork that's being currently produced, in the western world anyway, utilises digital technologies in some way. However, just because you use a digital technique in the process of creating your work doesn't mean that it'll be branded as inherently digital. Wikipedia informs me that digital art is an 'artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process'. This scenario does feel like an incredibly precise and pedantic way of identifying and seeking clarification of an artists practice though, so ultimately, in my opinion, if an artist claims or brands their work as 'digital art', then it is deemed to be so. That is, until someone disagrees with them and they have to back up their statement. I realise I haven't really answered what I define as digital art or not, usually if I go into an exhibition and see a TV, computer or photograph, I consider it to be digital art. In this sense, when making these quick decisions, the medium of the work is weirdly deemed more pertinent than the conceptual basis behind it."