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Artists Conversation with Jim Bizzocchi and Ben Bogart

Ben Bogart (left) and Jim Bizzocchi (right)

Artists Conversation with Jim Bizzocchi and Ben Bogart

Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
June 2, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM






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Surrey Art Gallery

2018-06-02 14:30:00 2018-06-02 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Artists Conversation with Jim Bizzocchi and Ben Bogart Join artists Jim Bizzocchi and Ben Bogart for a conversation about their digital work on exhibit. Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Join Jim Bizzocchi and Ben Bogart to talk about their practices and digital artworks currently on exhibit.

The influence of computer algorithms on economics, politics, and communications is increasingly common. With it comes a host of challenging ethical questions, as experienced with the recent Facebook data breach, around the value of human decision-making versus machines and artificial intelligence.

Artists also use computer algorithms and artificial intelligence. Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab digital media art program has featured many artworks made by computer algorithms over the past the past two decades. Currently on exhibit are Jim Bizzocchi: Ambient Landscapes and Ben Bogart: Watching and Dreaming. Both are three-channel videos that reject narrative. Jim Bizzocchi’s scenic imagery accompanied by a generative soundtrack aims to relax viewers and reward their attention with pictures that blend smoothly into the next and are different each playthrough. Ben Bogart’s sci-fi inspired video installation shows what a computer sees when it goes to the movies, breaking apart and reconstructing the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and TRON to create an entirely new cinematic experience.

This artists conversation addresses overlapping themes in Bizzochi’s and Bogart’s art: the often blurry relationship between art and science; how algorithm art (computer-based generative art) creates imagery that artists have been unable to create on their own; the ways algorithms are changing the nature of cinema and art-viewing today; and the potential lessons art can teach us about artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.