|The Western New York collaborative duo Virocode will open an exhibition of photographic and video installation work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on October 21, 2011. Since 1987, Virocode has been exploring the intersection of science—in particular, evolutionary theory, biomedical technology, and physics—and popular culture through hybrid uses of video, photography, sculpture, and digital technology.||
“The works touch on the ephemeral and invisible, using high-speed cameras to slow down time.”
Virocode, Source 1, 2011. Photographic print, 40 x 30 x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Virocode: A Disappearance of the Source
“As the intersection of technology and traditional media becomes an ever-increasing part of the global art landscape, Virocode’s practice brilliantly captures such moments through an innovative lens. Being based here in Western New York, they are accessible and beloved in the community,” exhibition curator Heather Pesanti.
Virocode is composed of the artist Andrea Mancuso and the medical researcher Peter D’Auria. The artists’ work captures and reveals performative actions generated from the confluence of man-made technology—such as cameras and sound triggers—and natural forces. In their most recent series, Evolving Moisture, the artists explore science, motion, and time through the movement of gases and liquids, including the rapid and potentially explosive expansion of energy. These explorations are related to the human body through spectacular photographs and digital videos. The works touch on the ephemeral and invisible, using high-speed cameras to slow down time so that normally unseen moments are rendered pure and beautiful.
For their exhibition at the Albright-Knox, A Disappearance of the Source, Virocode will show new works relating to their Evolving Moisture series, including static photo-sculptures, video projections, and a new experimental strategy that uses micro-loops of video/digital photographs that shimmer within framed LCD screens.
Virocode has exhibited work throughout the United States and in Europe, including at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Impakt Festival in The Netherlands. Locally, Mancuso and D’Auria have exhibited at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Burchfield Penny Art Center, CEPA Gallery, and Squeaky Wheel.
*** This article was published by NY Arts Magazine, 2011. NY Arts Magazine is published by Abraham Lubelski. Sponsored by Broadway Gallery, NYC and World Art Media.