Full Screen: A Group Show on Smart Watches
An exhibit curated by Aram Bartholl in which twelve internationally renowned artists were invited to produce screen-based artwork to be shown on twelve smart watches and one large LED screen. The exhibit celebrates the evolution of the screen in its most extreme developments.
Despite the current hype about wearable devices, the latest designs of smart watches feel incredibly dated, as if digital watches of the 80’s have come back in style. The same seems true for giant LED displays that are aggressively bright but very low in resolution, as if desperately trying to seek contact with the viewer. Over the years, the prime dimensions of screens have changed from small, to big, to small again – increasingly moving closer and closer to our eyes. Most importantly, recent developments in digital screen technologies suggest an imminent extinction of the use of physical screens, bringing a sense of urgency to the important questions that the creation and use of digital screen based artworks pose.The exhibit is on view at XPO Gallery.