viral simphOny

....and murmuring tOngue Of Ovid


Joseph Nechvatal is a theoretician of digital culture, an artist who pushes his experimental research to the point of fusion, in a sound dimension of virtual computational space and physical world. Real "field recordings"  of computer viruses created by him and his assistants. 

Since 1986 he has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics.

His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem.

In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK where he served as conference coordinator for the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference entitled Consciousness Reframed: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era (1997); an international conference which looked at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness. Dr. Nechvatal presently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA) and at Stevens Institute of Technology. He writes periodically on art and new technology.


viral simphOny (28' 09") 

Joseph Nechvatal : original concept viral structures
Mathew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
Andrew Deutsch : meso and macro structures
Stephane Sikora : C++ programming

Produced at The Institute for Electronic Arts
Steven Mygind Pedersen : IEA project technician
Joseph Nechvatal : visual artwork
(c) Joseph Nechvatal 2007

murmuring tOngue Of Ovid (0'03")

Joseph Nechvatal : original concept, viral structures, & synthesizer
Mathew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
Stephane Sikora : C++ viral programming
Ovid's Metamorphosis: text
Jane Smith: voice
(c) Joseph Nechvatal 2008

murmuring Tongue of Ovid is the second movement of the viral symphony of Joseph Nechvatal. The work is based on a recording made by Nechvatal himself during a reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses made by Jane Smith in 1985. Mathew Underwood has worked to track using sections taken from viral Symphony. 


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