Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans, aka JODI, are among the world’s most-renowned computer artists. In the early days of the web, their online artwork spread around the net like wildfire, challenging the conventions of a medium that had only just begun to emerge.
As humans, our relationship with technology is fragile. Too often, it seems that the computer is in control of us, rather than vice versa. The relationship goes both ways. The computer is shaped by us and we are shaped by the computer – often in ways we don’t fully understand. JODI’s work uses unstructured play as a way to illuminate this two-way process.
By messing around with their computer desktop or playing video games with no intention of winning, they highlight not only the behavioural patterns of computer users but also the intentions of the computer engineers, games designers and people who market the lifestyle to us. JODI revel in both failure and playfulness as an expression of childlike resistance to a bureaucratic world. Yet to see JODI simply as anarchic virtuosos belies the sophistication of their work.
The works in Computing 101B share a fixation with surfaces, from the Macintosh desktop to the cyborg skin of Max Payne. Their work is a deliberate attempt to express their humanity (warts and all) through the computer, delving far beneath the surface of the information age to reveal the human and the absurd lurking underneath.
2 February 2005
Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa and Christian Nold demonstrate some productive contradictions in discussing the word of JODI
Half term drop-ins
15 & 16 February 2005
Activities for 6-12 year olds, no need to book, just drop-in for a few minutes or a few hours to take part in creative activities
11 – 19 February 2005
During January 2005 inmates of Exeter prison will have the opportunity to work with Dan Harris, a digital artist, on designing and producing a computer animation. See the results in Spacex atrium.
12 & 13 February 2005
This two-day workshop is a great introduction to animating with cut-outs and models. You will design and shoot your own animated film relating to the work of JODI. Led by local artist and animator Jenny Mellings.