Art & Code

Random Access Memory

June 5-20, 2024
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am ─ 7pm
4th Floor, WSA 161 Water Street New York, NY 10038

The environment of the internetis omnipresent. We have made significant strides toward renegotiating the relationship between the “digital” and the “physical” as more or less indistinct spheres. We no longer traverse between them, rather, we inhabit the troubled, messy, multisensory reality of an all-encompassing networked space. While we are aware that the internet now constitutes our reality, we remain uncertain of how that reality will come to affect us. On the occasion of DEMO2024, NEW INC is pleased to present Random Access Memory.This exhibition brings together a group of artists from NEW INC’s Art & Code track whose interdisciplinary practices span video, live coding, performance, and interactive media. The exhibition borrows its title from the well-known computing term abbreviated in the acronym “RAM,” which denotes the temporary storage and retrieval of data. This operates as a metaphor for the way individuals now access their own thoughts and memories—frequently, abruptly, and often mediated by digital devices. The artists draw from topics as diverse as fragrance notes, displacement, air traffic control signals, and ancient Chinese guardians. Chia Amisola’s browser-based piece looks at themes of memory, decay, rebellion, and liberation on the Filipino internet through an online exhibition that unfolds through pop-ups, loops, and iFrames across scattered websites. elekhlekhaอีเหละเขละขละ expands upon their ongoing ensemble work, Jitrจิตร, in an audiovisual installation. Rooted in the communal nature of Southeast Asian indigenous practices, the work overlays distinct sounds and voices across an array of interconnected 

speakers. Banyi Huang’s multimedia altar installation includes both narrative and media archives, featuring materials that influenced the sketch and design of the 3D characters Qianliyan千裡眼 (Thousand-Mile Eye), 順風耳Shunfeng’er (Wind-Following Ear), and Mazu. Maya Man’s Notes is a generative art installation that remixes found language from perfume reviews on the web-based fragrance encyclopedia, fragrantica, into a unique visual output. Dan Goerlick presents an immersive soundscape of audio merged with live radio feeds from air traffic control towers. Lauren Lee McCarthy’s Saliva Lounge challenges the norm of exchanging our fluid substances with external agents, looking at data privacy, consent, and the intimacy of our own bodies as they relate to the systems around us. Babette Thomas presents West Oakland: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, a virtual walking tour of West Oakland offered from the perspective of her father, who grew up unhoused in these neighborhoods in the 1960s and 70s.

Each of these installations, objects, and time-based media works opens a portal that allows us to enter the uncanny. Recontextualizing our relationship with the digital through the sensorial experiences of sound, touch, and scent, this exhibition invites us to reflect on the multiple feeds we encounter, the impermanence of digital memory, and the fragmented recollection that this continuous loop can produce.

Curated by Eileen Isagon-Skyers. Produced by Tony Tirador.

About the Track:

Our NEW INC member cohort consists of 5 unique Tracks or focus areas guided by a Mentor-in-Residence: Art & Code, Cooperative Studies, Creative Science, Social Architecture, and XR (Extended Realities). Annually, our members are invited to contribute to a group showcase demonstrating the Track’s guiding questions. These exhibitions are curated and produced by invited guests.

In partnership with Rhizome, our Art & Code track explores how creative practitioners work with computational techniques and the digital sphere to develop new and unique methods of artmaking, art presentation, distribution, and digital preservation.

Featuring Work From:

Babette Thomas
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Chia Amisola
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elekhlekha
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Maya Man
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