The bitforms gallery is a gallery in New York City, New York, United States of America devoted to new media art practices. Breaking new ground in 2001, bitforms gallery has become a destination for artists, curators, and collectors exploring new art forms that lie at the intersection of software and mixed media. It is still one of the very few galleries dealing exclusively in this area of the art world.
The gallery has become internationally recognized for its focus and influence on fresh territories in contemporary art practices. bitforms gallery has launched emerging artists and established relationships with historically significant artists including Mark Napier, Golan Levin, Michael Joaquin Grey, Manfred Mohr, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Peter Vogel, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, C.E.B Reas, Yael Kanarek, Daniel Rozin, R. Luke DuBois, U-Ram Choe, Michael Najjar, Björn Schülke, Jeff Talman, Lincoln Schatz and many others who are engaged in a critical discourse with new media. In 2005 the gallery originated a group exhibition, “Scratch Code”, featuring artists who used computational methods of drawing in the 1960s and 70s. This historically important show has since traveled to Amsterdam and the Daelim Museum in Korea.
In September 2005, bitforms gallery became the first United States gallery to open in Seoul, Korea, quickly assimilating to their contemporary art scene and media driven culture.
bitforms gallery will continue to champion new modalities of art making while working to provide a productive framework for these practices within the realm of traditional art discourse.
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“Make Out” (2009) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
“Shadow Box 8 – high resolution interactive display with built-in computerized surveillance system, 31 1/2 x 41 x 5″ / 80 x 104 x 13 cm, edition of 6
Make Out is the eighth piece in the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows thousands of internet videos of couples looking at each other: as soon as someone stands in front of the display his or her silhouette is shown and all the couples within it begin to kiss. The massive array of make-out sessions continues for as long as someone is in front of the work, –as he or she moves away all the kissing ends.
The collector can choose what proportion of the videos are man-woman, woman-woman or man-man. The default state is the statistically faithful proportion of the videos that are online: 50 per cent woman-woman, 30 per cent man-man and 20 per cent man-woman.”