Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018
establishes connections between works of art based on instructions, spanning over fifty years of conceptual, video, and computational art. The pieces in the exhibition are all “programmed” using instructions, sets of rules, and code, but they also address the use of programming in their creation. The exhibition links two strands of artistic exploration: the first examines the program as instructions, rules, and algorithms with a focus on conceptual art practices and their emphasis on ideas as the driving force behind the art; the second strand engages with the use of instructions and algorithms to manipulate the TV program, its apparatus, and signals or image sequences. Featuring works drawn from the Whitney’s collection, Programmed
looks back at predecessors of computational art and shows how the ideas addressed in those earlier works have evolved in contemporary artistic practices. At a time when our world is increasingly driven by automated systems, Programmed
traces how rules and instructions in art have both responded to and been shaped by technologies, resulting in profound changes to our image culture.
Munich-based artist Tamiko Thiel
and collaborator /p
will be on the Whitney’s 6th floor terrace on Friday, September 28, 3pm, and happy to chat with visitors about their AR installation Unexpected Growth
. Museum admission is required.
The exhibition is organized by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, and Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research, with Clémence White, curatorial assistant.