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International Center of Photography
Through January 21, 1994

ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE, an exhibition at the International Center
of Photography Midtown (1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street,
New York City), investigates the impact of the computer on our culture
through electronic photography, digital video, graphics, animation,
electronic sculpture, media installations, and interactive
environments. Featuring over 70 works by 17 artists, including
computer artists Michael Brodsky (Los Angeles) and Carol Flax
(Manhattan Beach). ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE will be on view through
January 24, 1994.

A publication ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE, 208 pages, 80 color
reproductions and distributed by ICP and MIT PRESS will accompany the
exhibition. ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE is made possible by a grant
from Eastman Kodak Company, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information contact:
Phyllis Levine, ICP Director Public Information 212-860-1783


Digital imaging has come to permeate our daily experience. From
graphic images on bank machines to digitally processed commercials and
simulated realities in popular films, the use of computer images has
changed the way culture perceives itself and receives its information.
For artists, the impact of the computer on productivity has been
paralleled by its increasing use as a creative tool. "Computer Art",
an often vague characterization, is losing its remote meaning and
expanding into imaginative realms that merge graphics, text, video,
sound and photography. The new field, grounded in electronic
technology, extends the definition of images to include animation,
multimedia, and interactivity.

In many ways the development of computer technology has reached a
crossroads. The convergence of television, video, telephone, and
digital processing is leading to the widely touted "data
superhighways" that will carry extraordinary information in hybrid
visual forms. As art, digital images have moved from novel electronic
paintings to highly charged interactive works that elicit physical as
well as intellectual participation.

Curated by Timothy Druckery and Charles Stainback, ITERATIONS: THE NEW
IMAGE examines an international field of art made using electronic
technology and new imaging techniques Timothy Druckery is a scholar,
critic and educator who has written extensively on new technology.
Currently the American editor for Ten.8 magazine, he is also working
on a book called "Experimental Imaging", and is teaching at the
International Center of Photography. Charles Stainback, ICP's
Associate Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Video and Media
Programs, is known for the numerous exhibitions of contemporary
photography and video he has curated over the last decade.

"By assembling the exhibition, we are hoping to better define this
dynamic field," says Stainback. "Artists today are using a hybrid of
technologies that hardly existed two years ago. But this is not just
work that shows off new technologies that hardly existed two years
ago. But this is not just work that shows off new technology.
Technology and content are on equal footing. One has the sense that
this is the only form these particular works could take to achieve
their intended meaning."

In addition to the various installations, interactive and
two-dimensional works on exhibition ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE will
also feature multi-media resource stations which will allow museum
visitors to experience and investigate some of the most recent CD-ROM
works by artists. An ongoing video program will present a broad
spectrum of single-channel video works by an international roster of
video makers who utilize computer technology as seen with Jim
Pomeroy's "Munni Tox", to some of the most sophisticated computer
animation by such artists as Patrice Caire and Miroslaw Rogala.

As digital imaging becomes accessible to more and more people, artists
are better able to conceptualize its potential. "The process of
demystifying the computer as a tool for information management and
demonstrating the effectiveness of the computer as a medium for
creative engagement has begun," says Druckrey. "An extraordinary
generation - of artists and audiences - that is visually and
technologically literate is clamoring for recognition. ITERATIONS:
THE NEW IMAGE is an attempt to link creativity and technology as
dynamic and meaningful expressions."

The wide array of formidable artworks created with these technologies
suggests, more than anything, that the breath of solutions for artists
today has already gone well beyond a celebration of the novelty of a
medium. The works presented in ITERATIONS: THE NEW IMAGE reveal a
profound integration of computer technology into artmaking, which will
increasingly affect our culture, perhaps, as the curators have
suggested, as dramatically as the invention of photography altered our
perceptions of the world over 150 years ago.

Founded in 1974, ICP has shown photography as a medium for revealing
the human condition, and has provided a forum for the exchange of
ideas in creative photography. From one of it's earliest exhibitions
of holography in 1975, ICP has continually kept abreast of the
technological vanguard of imaging possibilities. Since 1985, ICP's
Video-Feature program has presented over 4,000 video screening
featuring the work of approximately 200 artists. Additionally, ICP
has presented numerous large scale video installations of some of
today's most renown multi-media artists.

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