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14 December, 2018
Promenade, a video commission by Quayola, transports viewers to the secluded forests that surround Audemars Piguet’s home in the Jura Mountains. First shown in the Collins Park Rotunda at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018, Promenade presents a bird’s-eye view of a lush and green landscape that quickly shifts to a digitized representation of the landscape made up of small, pixel-like dots.
Filmed by a drone equipped with a 4K video camera, the artwork explores the logic and aesthetics of autonomous vehicles’ computer-vision systems and presents viewers with a new interpretation of the traditional “landscape,” one that has been decoded with complete detachment, robotic and analytical precision.
Technology functions as eyes, seeing things humans would not see, processing visual information with a different logic.
Italian artist Quayola (b. 1982) uses cutting-edge software, technology and programming to produce immersive installations, videos, performances, sculpture and photographic works that explore the tension between the natural and the mediated, the real and the artificial, the traditional and the high-tech. While his subject matter ranges from Gothic architecture to neoclassical sculpture to traditional landscape painting, his approach is highly conceptual and thoroughly computerised. Many of his works are produced using robotic fabrication tools and milling machines.
Quayola’s work is included in numerous collections and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; National Art Center, Tokyo; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Paço das Artes, São Paulo; Triennale, Milan; Ars Electronica, Linz; Elektra Festival, Montreal; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, among other museums and festivals. His work Forms won the Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013. Quayola is represented by Bitforms Gallery, New York.