David Rokeby: Plotting Against Time
Discussion and exhibition tour
3pm Friday March 7 @ Art Gallery of Windsor
Canadian artist David Rokeby is an internationally-acclaimed pioneer in digital media arts. In works that include video images mediated through software, he compares the way people and computers interpret everyday experiences. His installations demonstrate that computers, which are unrestrained by human attributes like memory, emotions and social conventions, process and manage information in remarkable and unexpected ways.
David Rokeby: Plotting Against Time includes five major installations created by the artist over the past 15 years. In a new version of his seminal early work Watch, 1995, he has included live images of the activity surrounding the new Windsor bus terminal using a camera mounted on the south side of the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Rokeby presents what is familiar in a manner that is foreign to our way of seeing. He makes us acutely aware of the significant difference between what we actually see and the many ways visual information can be interpreted.
An acknowledged innovator in the field of interactive art, David Rokeby has seen the technologies he develops used internationally in both the arts and sciences. Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1960, Rokeby graduated with honours in experimental art from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. His best known work Very Nervous System, 1986-90, which was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1996, won the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts.
Several of his works deal with digital surveillance. Watched and Measured, 2000 received the first interactive art award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, while Guardian Angel, 2001 was named best installation at the 2001 Toronto Images Festival. Other works by Rokeby look at the differences between human and artificial intelligence. For example in The Giver of Names (begun in 1991) and n-cha(n)t, 2001, computers formulate and utter sentences based on objects or speech they perceive.
Rokeby, who lives in Toronto, has exhibited and lectured internationally since 1986. He has won Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction twice and recently received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Curated by Peter Ride, David Rokeby: Plotting Against Time has been organized by the Art Gallery of Windsor and Media City 14 International Festival of Experimental Film and Video Art.
David Rokeby is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto, where a solo exhibition of his work opens at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 1st, 2008
For more information, contact James Patten, chief curator, firstname.lastname@example.org (519) 977-0013 ext. 125