A P R I L 27   -  J U L Y 1

Opening Reception April 27, 6:30 - 8:30

Artist Talks 6:30 - 7:15



Trace presents four works from six artists. Each work details complex human-technological interactions. The representation of a face or the translation of a body to lines, marks and signals gives us insights into the way machines imagine, see, learn and remember us. Contained in this process/system is the trace of our human/technological existence. Over time we have developed technologies to make interpretive marks through systems such as drawing media, perspective, printing, code. As we develop deeper understandings of these technologies we increasingly merge with them. This exhibition speaks to the complex relationships developing between makers and technologies and looks at the marks we leave.

One of the installations by Patrick Tresset, consists of five robots named Paul who draw a seated human model. We are now taking bookings for these portrait sittings. Drawings remain the property of the Robots, but we will scan 1 copy for each Sitter. BOOK YOUR PORTRAIT SITTINGS HERE: https://newmediagallery.youcanbook.me/

Patrick Tresset (London / Paris)

Human Study #1, 5RNP
Human Study #1, 5RNP is a theatrical installation consisting of five robots named Paul. Five robots draw a human model. The work is based on research into human behaviour, exploring how artists make marks that depict and perceive. The work uses computational systems that introduce 'artistic', expressive and obsessive aspects into the robot's behaviour, related to Tresset himself.
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Human Study #1, 5RNP
Biography
London based artist who develops and presents theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors which are evocations of humanness. Tresset’s installations use computational systems that introduce the artistic, expressive and obsessive aspects of robotic behavior. Tresset’s work has been exhibited in association with major museums and institutions such as The Pompidou Center, Museum of Israel, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), BOZAR (Brussels), Prada Foundation (Milan) and at events such as Ars Electronica, Update_5, WRO2015, Merge festival
Credits
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Arnauld Colcomb (Paris) + Bertrand Planes (Paris)

Modulateur-Démodulateur
Modulateur-Démodulateur consists of a large transmitter and receiver, hand-built in the gallery. A pre-existing image is teleported via the device, scanned, converted into sound data, and is then reconstructed into a changing pattern of lines, dots and marks with residual sound. Numerical data in transit is fragile and vulnerable to its surroundings. The transported image contains a tangible trace of its surroundings and the audience.
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Modulateur-Démodulateur
Biography
Bertrand Planes was born and works in Paris. He is a visual artist and coder from the Paris Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) and the Grenoble Superior School of Arts. His work often subverts and findsnew uses for everyday objects. He develops video devices, sets up complex technical collaborations with CNRS researchers and creates new tools from existing mechanisms and processes. In 2004 he developed DivX prime a modified divX codec made to produce visual effects using compression artifact. Today known as the Datamoshing technique. He developed Video Mapping in 2006. He has worked and writes widely on the Visual Arts, Fashion and the Sciences. He represented France at the La Paz Biennale in 2005. His work has been presented worldwide.

Arnauld Colcomb was born and works in Paris. Attended DEFA Ecole d’architecture in Paris, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin and DNSEP Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris. His work explores the history of art and science. He uses technology to study the use of tools and techniques. The study of geometric shapes are a recurring interest.
Credits
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So Kanno + yang02 (Tokyo / Berlin)

SDM3 – Portrait
SDM3 – Portrait is an abstract drawing system that picks up on surrounding noise, error and contingency. A video camera and computer are equipped with a system that allows a portrait to be drawn in the gallery space. The video camera examines a portrait on the wall: a plotting machine is set to reproduce this concrete image. But during the drawing process the system also sees and takes in its ambient environment. Drawing 'errors' are the visitors to the gallery who introduce uncertain elements, bodies and behaviours.
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SDM3 – Portrait
Biography


So Kanno attended Design Informatics from Mushashino Art University, and the Institute of Advanced Media Art + Science. For the last decade, his work has been presented around the world. He has a special interest in music, Sampling and Electronics (‘Device Art’). He lectures at Tokyo Zokei University and Tokyo Polytechnic University.

Takahiro Yamaguchi has a Masters from Tama Art University, Department of Information Design and Media Art. He produces art based around digital media and inspired graffiti, street art and other modes of expression in public spaces.

Credits
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Gregory Chatonsky
 (Montréal / Paris
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Deep
Deep uses software that learns to draw based on a series of drawings the artist made in 1992, as well as books that teach drawing. Based on developing research into neural networks, and the source code of Google and Facebook for Deep Learning, the machine learns from our world to produce images of an alternative world.
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Deep
Biography
French and Canadian Artist who works with interactive installations, networked devices, photographs and sculptures. He explores the relationship between technologies and affectivity creating new forms of fiction. He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at La Sorbonne, a master's degree from ENSBA and ENST and a PhD from Université du Québec a Montréal. He is one of the earliest practitioners of internet art, founding incident.net in 1994 exploring the accidental, the glitch and unpredictability. He also produces, writes films and teaches widely (in France and Canada). He is artist-researcher on Artificial Imagination at Ecole Normale Supérieure. His work is presented around the world.
Credits
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