On View: February 10 – May 14, 2023
The Weisman’s spring 2023 exhibition, Message from Our Planet: Digital Art from the Thoma Collection, brings together software, video, and light-technology artworks from 19 international artists working at the forefront of digital and electronic art. Message from Our Planet proposes that media technologies―from vintage devices to cutting-edge digital algorithms―offer distinct ways for artists to communicate with future generations, encapsulating the artifacts and ambitions of contemporary society. Through the exhibition, we imagine a digital future where art communicates beyond our common era through computer code. Exhibition curator Jason Foumberg says, “Message from Our Planet was inspired by the interstellar time-capsule Voyager 1, a spacecraft containing a record of human culture launched into outer space by NASA in 1977. I wanted this group exhibition to evoke a similar multivocal message by artists who share a human desire to be understood across time and space.”
Artists: Brian Bress, Lia Chaia, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Hong Hao, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Claudia Hart, Jenny Holzer, Eduardo Kac, Lee Nam Lee, Christian Marclay, Paul Pfeiffer, Tabita Rezaire, Michal Rovner, Jason Salavon, Elias Sime, Skawennati, Penelope Umbrico, UVA (United Visual Artists), and Robert Wilson
Curated by Jason Foumberg, Curator of Digital Art for the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation
Image credits (top) L to R: Claudia Hart, The Seasons (still), 2009. Video with sound on monitor with artist’s frame; Tabita Rezaire, Sorry for Real (still), 2015. Digital video with sound; Robert Wilson, LADY GAGA: Mademoiselle Carole Rivière (still), 2013. Digital video with sound on monitor. Courtesy of the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation.