Silicone, wood, steel, electronics, and computer software
Kenneth Feingold (US)
Ken Feingold with his work Lantern chooses to explore the zones of non-response, of mischief and misbehavior, distortion, and scrambled or failed communication. Lantern asks the viewer to question the basis of everyday dialogue that one tends to take for granted: how far is our exchange with others conditioned and limited by our own, thoroughly encoded eccentricities, our own programmed bugs and quirks? When true communication occurs, how much is this just a matter of chance? The dialogue is not pre-recorded and is different each time someone visits it, generated in real time by a computer program. The conversations that this figure carries on are neither completely scripted, nor utterly random; rather, the software gives him a “personality,” a vocabulary, associative habits, obsessions, and other quirks of personality which allow him to behave as if he is sentient.
Kenneth Feingold (b. 1952) has been recognized as a pioneer in computer-driven interactive art. He has been exhibiting work in video, drawing, film, sculpture, and installations since 1974. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) and a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2003) and has taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, among others. His works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Liverpool, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the ZKM Karlsruhe, and many other museums.