is pleased to present Show #31: JODI
For their first solo show in Los Angeles, the art collective JODI will enable the viewer to experience
the cellular structures of both our realities: the physicality of the Cartesian IRL and the invisibility
of the URL Dataspace. In the main gallery, JODI has recreated the gallery's concrete, coffered ceiling
on the floor using carved cardboard, so that the Brutalist grid of the room's ceiling is seamlessly
mirrored underfoot. The concept for this installation began as a Photoshop joke, when JODI emailed
And/Or a doctored image of the ceiling flipped upside down as though one could walk on walls. That
impossible logic has now been realized in the physical domain, as visitors are invited to step into
this inverted, ultra-3D world of white boxes.
Inside and nearby the gallery, visitors' phones will be detected by an installed Wi-Fi hotspot named
\ / \ /iFi, which is not connected to the internet. A screen in the front gallery will display network
ID numbers and manufacturer information of Wi-Fi devices that have recently queried or connected to the unusual hotstop,
partially exposing viewers to Wi-Fi's infrastructure.
In the back gallery, two collections of 3D-image scans
will be on view: one collection will show people
primarily in museums, and another collection will show And/Or Gallery visitors
navigating the ceiling/floor during the exhibition opening. Like radar, this 3D-image scanner
emits waves of points that bounce back and photograph the scene via wave reflection. By moving
the scanning device around the scene while capturing, additional scanned points connect, creating
scrambled images of time and space lapsing at once. Both the Wi-Fi and the 3D visualizations
will be enhanced by the grid-like structure of the floor/ceiling installation, since each coffer
functions as a holding cell, easily trapping both the scanner's waves as well as the gallery
visitors and their Wi-Fi radio signals.
Working under the moniker JODI
), the artist duo Joan Heemskerk
(b. 1968 in
Kaatscheuvel, the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans
(b. 1965 in Brussels, Belgium) rose to prominence
in the mid-1990s as pioneers of net.art, an artistic movement that explored the early Internet
as an alternative exhibition space and a creative medium. Since the mid-1990s, they have been
making websites, software art, computer game modifications, and screen captures. Their most
notorious piece is their website (www.jodi.org
), which is a never-ending landscape of intricate
HTML designs. As curator Michael Connor has noted, JODI's work builds on the deconstructivist
tradition of structural film. "Whether working with early websites or mobile phones, they approach
technology with gleeful iconoclasm, an appreciation of the absurd, and a penchant for sensory
overload, calling attention to the underlying structures behind every digital screen."
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please contact Paul Slocum
, Owner and Director, at
or (214) 676-5347.