Do you have to let yourself be bossed around by this thing? You may still be so confused by its mood that you obey and turn it in the other direction. Or you don’t put up with it and walk away. Or you want to see how it reacts and deliberately ignore its anger and its commands. The work of art will in any case provoke a reaction, based on which you again change your own behavior. It is an intelligent work and is typical of the machines that the Canadian artist Norman White (*1938) designs, builds, and programs.
In 2008, White received the d.velop digital art award [ddaa] for his oeuvre. This prize is given to an artist for his or her oeuvre in the area of digital art on a regular basis by the Kunsthalle Bremen in cooperation with d.velop AG, Gescher, as benefactor; the Digital Art Museum [DAM], Berlin, as organizer; and sponsors Hauptpharma AG, Berlin, and kommunikation lohnzich, Münster. It is followed up by an exhibition and a catalogue. Because the Kunsthalle Bremen is currently being modified, this year the exhibition is taking place at the Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen. Norman White is the third artist to receive the award. His work demonstrates the use of the computer as a “brain” for complex operations in machines whose second and visible level are electronic and mechanical components.
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