Quayola uses technology as a lens to explore the tensions and balances between apparently opposing forces: the real and the artificial, the figurative and the abstract, the old and the new. Engaged in the reinvention of canonical images through contemporary technologies, his art is declined through immersive installations, audiovisual performances, videos, sculptures or works on paper. Starting from a detailed analysis of the work Promenade, proposed on the occasion of Maker Faire Rome, the talk will touch on topics such as the impact that technology has on contemporary reality, the now necessary interaction between art and technology and how this interaction translates into his artistic creation.
Event on digital.makerfaire.eu
Valentino Catricalà is resercher and curator of contemporary art. He specializes in analyzing the relationship of artists with technologies and the media. He is the editor of the journal VCS – Visual Culture Studies
Quayola employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Landscape painting, classical sculpture and iconography are some of the historical aesthetics that serve as a point of departure for Quayola’s hybrid compositions. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audiovisual performance, immersive video installations, sculpture, and works on paper.
His work has been performed and exhibited in many prestigious institutions worldwide including V&A Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; National Art Center, Tokyo; UCCA, Beijing; How Art Museum, Shanghai; SeMA, Seoul; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Ars Electronica, Linz; Sonar Festival, Barcelona and Sundance Film Festival.
Also a frequent collaborator on musical projects, Quayola has worked with composers, orchestras and musicians including London Contemporary Orchestra, National Orchestra of Bordeaux, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Vanessa Wagner, Jamie XX, Mira Calix, Plaid and Tale Of Us. In 2013, Quayola was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica.