Franco-German new media artist Enkidu rankX [ınˈkiːdu ræŋk eks] was born 1972 in Saarbrücken / Germany. After his studies in Belgium he settled down in Berlin in 1996 where he is working and living up to this day. His work is comprised of video-art, glitch-art, installations and interaction with dance and theatre. “My art deals with issues such as post-privacy, relational miscommunication, the effect of technology on the human condition and the loss of identity that comes with the advent of virtualization an simulation.” More info >>
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What is it? IMHO: New-Media-Art, Net-Art, the New Aesthetic, a lot is going on in the audio-visual arts that widely goes unnoticed by the ‘art-market’. This is not unexpected, since all new ideas and concepts will grow on the fringes of a system, in its back alleys and dark corners. And there are a lot of dark corners on the net. One can say that the influx of new media has yet to be fully understood, but as in many a complex phenomena this is impossible at the moment of its emergence.
If you take the Wiki definition of Pop-Art you’ll find:
”Pop art employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony. It is also associated with the artists’ use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques.”
I’d say add the Internet to the mix, salt with a grain of socio-political awareness and sugar-coat with artificial intelligence and you have what I like to call Meta-Pop-Art. Art, to me has always been a form of communication. So maybe this is me speaking with the technological singularity to come…