The line between humanity and technology, for the time being, remain well defined. On the other hand, the line between art and humanity have never overlapped more, mimicking each other regularly. But the line between technology and art is liminal - a wild post-internet frontier that has yet to be tamed.
Exhibition Photos: Bruno Lopes
At the forefront of this group of intrepid explorers is Felipe Pantone. It's here that he sits, creating, discovering and blurring lines by creating work that looks like an outward view from the inside of an early-90s computer.
Even though his artwork resembles a colourful Matrix-esque static, his work is anything but static. The idea of movement and kinetic energy is crucial, "The work of art should not become a mere object of observation but one of interaction." Right now we are more attached to individual devices of detachment than ever before. This has lead to a misunderstanding of the roles and possibilities of technology as always being adaptive and kinetic, and art as being still and permanent. Pantone's work has the quality of an optical illusion, even when not moving, they seem to be slightly different every time that return to look at it.
In his latest exhibition at the Underdogs Gallery, 'Artifact to Human Communication', he disrupts this pre-conceived notion of inertia and permanence with his vibrant and glitchy artwork.
The title of the exhibition is telling. This show is something that will endure as a reflection of contemporary society, it's an 'artifact' for our modern times - something that will be looked back on as belonging to a certain time in history. An 'artifact' is also a by-product of software development, essentially it is a roadmap for the manifestation of an idea. This exhibition could be the products, or the by-products of an idea.
Depending on which lens you look at it through, it could be a statement intended for now or a statement for the future.
Felipe Pantone has honed his unique style of expression over years, making his pieces easily recognisable. As a whole they are incredible, using the landscape to work with the pieces, despite them seemingly being 'out of place' - technological living in the physical. Here's a collection of some of his best work:
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