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December 1, 2005

2D Digital Studio - Digital Research

Welcome. This blog is one part of a larger student research blog project on the topic of digital artists. This page will touch on the work of two artists in this field, Jochem Hendricks and Warren Neidich. For further information on these artists please visit some of the links below.

To visit the main page for this project, please visit the blog of Professor Joellyn Rock.

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December 2, 2005

Jochem Hendricks

Name:Jochem Hendricks
Sample of Work: Eye Drawings
Birthplace: Schluchtern (DE)
Present residence: Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Age: 46 (born 1959)
Cultural background: German
Focus of work: varied.

Both Hendricks and Neidich have more than a passing interest in science, and it comes across in there work. In Eye Drawings (1994), Hendricks puts technology to use for tracking the actual patterns of eye movement while doing various activities (i.e.looking at a newspaper or reading a billing statement). The data is then used to produce a series of line drawings.

In 2000, Hendricks exhibited an interactive version of his eye movement work at Hanover's Expo 2000. The Active Eye Tracker "has been conceived to let a wide audience experience their own sight. And connected with this experience is the awareness of employing machines by means of using ones eyes," reads Hendrick's website. The viewer/operator sits before a computer with eye-readers. Actions are indicated by focusing the eyes for 2 seconds on a command icon seen on the monitor. Viewers are challenged to "draw" a circle with their eye movements. At the end of the interactive session, participants are given a printout "drawing" of their eye activity.

Other works by the artist continue to transform the seemingly mundane into art pieces. And sometimes to an arguable extreme. For example, in a work entitled "Cold Birds," Hendricks works along with a team of scientists in having the bodies of various deceased birds transformd into man-made diamonds. He takes this one step further (no pun intended) in "Left Defender Right Leg," receiving permission from an amputated soccar player to transform the removed leg into a diamond also. Beautiful tributes or only disturbing?

Recipient of Frankfurt Artist Aid Scholarship (1988)
Recipient of the City of Nuremberg Scholarship for Drawing (1990)

Henrdick's work is currently on exhibit in Rundlederwelten ("Round leather worlds") Show at Martin-Gropius-Bau Gallery - Berlin, Germany (Oct 10, 2005 - January 8, 2006).

More about the work of Jochem Hendricks can be found at the artist's website and at www.artfacts.com.

Warren Neidich

Name: Warren Neidich
Sample of work: Conversation Maps, American History Reinvented (book)
Birthplace: United States
Location: New York and London
Age: 49 (born 1956)
Focus of work: photo/video

Warren Neidich has a background neurobiology. He has opened (and closed) his own gallery. He has authored and or collaborated on a handful of art books, as well as created a sizable catalogue of digital art. And he goes on.

There is a strong emphasis in his work on how we perceive the world and attempting to distort images of reality in a way that will make it more true to the subtext of the events. This comes through in pieces about direct sensory activity and responses (Conversations Maps) as well as emotional and intellectual responses (in Beyond the Vanishing Point and Camp OJ, photographs taken during the OJ Simpson trial).

In the late 1980's, Neidich gained recognition for his photography in a project and book entitled "American History Reinvented." In an interview by Charles Gere, Neidich states,

“I had been doing work more about cultural discourse and visual culture. I had been doing this project called American History Reinvented, which concerned the nature of the photographic document as it was linked to the historical archive. I reinvented that archive by creating my own parallel one in which actors dressed in period costumes reenacted scenes from five different periods of American History and these images were modeled on ones I had researched in the archive> However in my new versions a reversal of power dynamics occurred as people of color stood in for Caucasian counterparts in position of power and ownership.?

In 1995-1996 he spent time photographing the “media making? that went along side of the OJ Simpson trial. In this work none of the scenarios were staged (not by him at least) and he used only wide-angle camera lenses to emphasize the surreal feeling. “I photographed it like I would the backstage happenings at a rock and roll concert,? the artist recalled in the above interview. And in comparing this series with American History Reinvented, Neidich states “in the case of OJ, the whole equation becomes completely reversed in the sense that now reality looked like fiction rather than producing fiction that looked like reality. ?

This year, Neidich exhibited a collection of work at Steinberg Fine Art Gallery in New York, NY. His interest in media, and how we read that media persists. In this series each of the images features a subject peering through the cutout eye shapes on a magazine's cover.

Vivid and more thorough descriptions of Neidich's work can be found in this article by Regine Basha in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.

See Warren Neidich video footage here.