A series of three public presentations by Australian artist Jon McCormack in the Ars Electronica Deep Space gives the public a philosophical insight into his new artworks Codeform and Fifty Sisters.
Jon McCormack (AU)
Do/Thu 30. 8. 18:30 – 19:00
Fr/Fri 31. 8. 13:00 – 13:30
Mo/Mon 3. 9. 12:30 – 13:00
You don’t have to be God to create life. In Deep Space, all it takes is a regular admission ticket. “Codeform” is a work by Jon McCormack (AU) who, during his stint as artist-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, also created “Fifty Sisters” that’s on display in the Lobby. “Codeform” transforms any QR code into an artificial life form. A ticket code is scanned in on site and serves as a digital gene. Deep Space becomes an ecosystem in which the code morphs into an egg and then an embryo. It grows, matures, and begins to move.
“Fifty Sisters” were created during an artist-inresidence-stint at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The work consists of 50 one-square-meter prints with plants produced on the computer. The forms of the digitally mutated plants are the logos of the seven large oil companies that, as the “Seven Sisters” cartel, controlled the oil industry until the energy crisis of the 1970s. “Fifty Sisters” thus uses multiple allusions: to the world economy’s dependency on oil, to the all-pervasiveness in everyday life of oil-based products like plastic, to the natural resource petroleum, and to environmental destruction on a massive scale caused by drilling and transporting oil.