This summer we were thrilled to be invited to the Los Angeles studio of cutting edge media & data artist Refik Anadol. Located in the Silver Lake area on the east side of LA, the studio is accessed from a small side door. Step inside and you’re immediately enveloped by a sleek white space with 20ft ceilings, desks dotted with enormous computer screens, a brand new projector and great Mid-century modern furniture.
Kelani Nichole founded TRANSFER Gallery, a Brooklyn-based exhibition space, in order to support and and cultivate artists with computer-based practices. Get to know Kelani.
What are the biggest challenges you face dealing in a digital medium both as a gallerist and as a curator?
Technical details aside, I’d say the biggest challenge currently facing the market for media-based artworks is around preservation and documentation of the artists’ intent. …
What do you believe are the biggest misconceptions about digital art and what would you like people to understand?
The idea that digital means immaterial. So often I hear collectors and institutions describe digital artworks as being fundamentally ephemeral and immaterial. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Take for instance Andrew Blum’s book Tubes: a Journey to the Center of the Internet — Blum travels around the world tracing and documenting the immense and complex physical infrastructure of the internet. …