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Jeff Donaldson presentation

20/04/2015 @ 17:00 - 21:00

After exhibiting his work at GLI.TC/H at VIVID in 2011 and Dirty New Media at The Barber Institute in 2013, Jeff Donaldson, aka noteNdo, aka Glitchaus, will make a special appearance at Vivid Projects on 20th April to talk to Black Hole Club members about his glitch inspired work.

Jeff Donaldson is a New York-based artist originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. Donaldson studied music composition at Towson University until 2001, where he began applying concepts from musical instrumentation to video devices. Borrowing the term “prepared” from John Cage, his prepared video systems offered a new, and ultimately very influential approach to hardware-based installation and performance. Donaldson has exhibited and performed this work around the world from 2004 to present.

Since 2001, Donaldson conceived of utilizing his video technique as a textile design process. This resulted in a limited edition of knit scarves in 2007, the motif of which was designed by intentionally short-circuiting an 8bit video game system. This work re-contextualizes our contemporary techno-centric world culture. For example, it draws parallels between traditional textile design (Navajo, Peruvian, African) and induced digital errors, creating a continuum between ancient and current design forms and technologies. The work also builds on 20th century textile design (Albers, Stölzl), as if these artists were foreseeing the possibilities of digital media and its unintended uses in design.

In 2010 and 2011, Donaldson began graphically displaying binary data to translate into knit textiles. These series, called “Data Knit,” are designed to be machine knit stitch to pixel. Donaldson sees this not only as another design technique but also as a way to actually back up digital data as textiles. Furthermore, by knitting pixel to stitch, he is effectively materializing the digital by taking it out of virtual space and bringing it into the physical.

He has exhibited and performed internationally including at Museum of the Moving Image, NYC; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio De Janeiro; The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, UK; Leap, Berlin; Transmediale, Berlin; Isetan, Tokyo; White Box, NYC; Art in General, NYC; Eyebeam, NYC; PLANETART, Amsterdam; and iMAL, Brussels among many others.

This event is free for Black Hole Club members.


17:00 - 21:00
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Vivid Projects
16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St
Birmingham, B5 5RS United Kingdom