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Biennial: NOVA RIO BIENNIAL of Art & Technology, the new aesthetics of a technologically modified world

Text by CLOT Magazine

Unbonded on a Bonded Domain, 2023, Gabriel Massan
Unbonded on a Bonded Domain, Gabriel Massan (2023)

The first edition of the NOVA RIO BIENNIAL OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY takes place from September 20 to October 29, 2023, at the Museu do  Amanhã. The aim is to reconfigure the concept of the future in light of what creators from all over the planet exhibit and develop for screens near you, whether in the palm of your hand, on your mobile device,  or through a digital TV set, or on monumental walls filled with pixels, told the team behind the biennial. 

Curators Ricardo  Barreto and Paula Perissinotto explain that they chose the word ‘NOVA’ because when they reflected on the concept of ‘Art and Technology,’ they noticed that more than a mere combination of these two things, a fusion between the new and innovation takes place, giving rise to another conceptual form, which we call NOVA = artistic novelty + fusion + technological innovation. 

Under two themes, The New Aesthetics and Supercreativity in the era of Artificial  Intelligence, NOVA RIO BIENNIAL invites the public to contemplate, interact, and reflect upon nearly 70 artworks from 30 countries.  Ten of the 66 participating artists, collectives, and studios represent Brazil. 

Hanna Haaslahti, Lu Yang, Gabriel Massan, Guli Silberstein, Amy Karle, Matthias Oostrik, ines alpha, Theo Jansen, Irregular, Ludmila Rodrigues and Estudio Guto Requena are some of the artists representing the New Aesthetic theme. In contrast, Louis-Philippe Rondeau, Robin Baumgarten, Marpi Studio, Sam Twidale & Marija Avramović, Heart Machine and Sam Rolfes will represent the Supercreativity one. 

Finally, in the NOVA DIGITAL ART category, the curators have selected works that present a contemporary and innovative aesthetic. We highlight Studio Visit: Stages One, Two, Three, & Final. Created by Sam Rolfes, it takes viewers on a journey through a digital world with a virtual performance by the artist, delving into motion capture, virtual reality manipulations, and the dramaturgy of live performance. 

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