Held in 2018, in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, the Biennial of Digital Art was promoted by FAD, with sponsorship from Oi and cultural support from Oi Futuro. The program featured artists from Brazil, Chile, China, Spain, the United States, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, presenting exhibitions, performances, and symposia with the theme "Hybrid Languages."
The Biennial's purpose is to become a national digital art agenda and to show, every two years, works and exhibitions that reflect important social issues, highlighting that art enables technology to display its social experiences.
The Biennial of Digital Art returns in 2022 for its second edition. A success with about 70,000 visitors in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, this time it will take place only in the city of Rio de Janeiro between November 5, 2022, and January 22, 2023, at Centro Cultural Oi Futuro, in Flamengo. The event is sponsored by Oi Futuro and the Department of Culture and Creative Economy (SECEC- RJ).
If we treat "Hybrid Languages" as the impossible separation between art, science, and technology, producers of tools, capable of fabricating new realities, and new experiences of life, in Conditions of Existence, we seek to understand, think and propose ways of coexistence.
How to coexist, "live" and "be" in the dimension of a biotechnological and post-digital world?
The questioning is comprehensive when one realizes that existence takes place from different and multiple perspectives. The perspectives on the "how to exist" and its "conditions" are, in a way, an infinite exercise of the very way of perceiving and living the world. A look toward coexistence.
Conditions of Existence
In 2018, we held the 1st edition of the Biennial of Digital Art, where we took artwork, reflections, and ways of doing to an audience of over 70,000 people in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, under the theme Hybrid Languages.
At that time, when we started developing a Biennial focused on art, science, and technology, under the adjective "Digital", we tried to elucidate that we were in a field of production and knowledge that blended together without the need for borders, through an increasingly post-digital society.
Themes like the environment, which we perceive, live and change through biotechnologies and digital technologies, science, and art in a biocybrid context inhabited our exhibition gallery, seminar, workshops, and artistic presentations. Other diverse agendas were also addressed, among them economics, politics, social relations, and technologies. At the end of the event, we introduced the theme Conditions of Existence in reference to the next edition (2022).
In a forced hiatus from global events due to the covid pandemic, many new arrangements have emerged in our lives and societies, involving all possible spheres of our daily "living".
As if by chance, the theme previously chosen at the end of that year, Conditions of Existence, seemed to have been a kind of preview of what the world was about to experience as a social, political, and economic condition. But, after removing the "by chance", there really was no prediction of what was to come, even though we knew of the risks enunciated by experts in various fields about the world we inhabit.
Conditions of Existence is, in fact, a continuation of thought, a collective and propositional writing, in which we invite artists, scientists, thinkers, and creatives from various fields, to compile a temporal extract of what our conditions of existing in the world are.
A biennial is like a book that, through chapters, we try to give voice to narratives and visions, ways of "being" and "seeing" in the world with sentient things. And when we say "things" we are including a digital ontology (of life) in an intersection or overlapping with the human ontology of being in the world, where forms, processes, and ways of existing are in almost omnipresent coexistence with what we understand as sentient, in an approach beyond bioorganic and biotechnological. A more holistic look that considers the third parts (algorithms, intelligent computing, digital forms of "life") very much present in our daily lives.
If we treat Hybrid Languages as the impossible separation between art, science, and technology, producers of tools capable of fabricating new realities, and new life experiences, in Conditions of Existence we seek to understand, think and propose the ways of coexistence. How to coexist, "live", "be" in the dimension of a biotechnological and post-digital world?
The questioning is comprehensive when one realizes that existence takes place from different and multiple perspectives. The perspectives on the "how to exist" and its "conditions" are, in a way, an infinite exercise of the very way of perceiving and living the world.
Existence, coexistence. Conditions of existence.
What forms of existence are possible in our present?
What are the human conditions in the face of the technical and digital world?
How are we inserted into a digital ontology of life that redirects the human sense of being and living?
In the advance of biotechnological and digital societies, where do we coexist?
Art, science, and technology are rich fields of knowledge and human production. Above all, they are places of our existence and produce forms and senses of living. We are immensely diverse if we consider that the conditions of existence are scaled from geography, politics, economy, cultures, customs, and mentalities. But in the approach of a world inhabited by data, information, artificial intelligence, intelligent machines, and biocybrid relations we are in a much more complex web of "being-in-the-world". The digital humanities, as a field of study, has been trying to mitigate the effects of this and enhance our way of dealing with ways of existing and operating in the digital, for example.
In its second edition, the Biennial of Digital Art seeks propositions for the adversities but also, in the midst of the potentialities of the conditions of existence, artistic-scientific works with the use of digital technologies in the most diverse forms of expression such as speeches, texts, images, audiovisual and virtual forms, as well as diverse doings, that can be integrated into an important chapter of our artistic, intellectual, social, and political production at this moment.
Below are those selected for the 2022 edition. There is a possibility that new artworks will be announced in the coming days.
Jardim Cibernético 00.02.222
WE R HERE
Centenário da Semana de Arte Moderna: As relações entre o ontem e o hoje Carapaça
The Waking Dream
ÁLBUM DE ESTRELAS
An exercise in solitude
Dança e Imagem Sonora
Memória e Herança
For all mankind
Oficina de Ilustração Digital
Arte e tecnologia na criação de novos imaginários e de comunidades do futuro
Juliana Fasuolo | Brasil
Eric dos Santos | Brasil
Papiõn Christiane Santos | Brasil
Job, Joris & Marieke | Netherlands
Marco Antônio | Brasil
Alice Bucknell | USA
Cecilia Vilca | Peru
Débora Arruda | Brasil
Gabriel Junqueira | Brasil
Pedro Henrique | Brasil
Jorge Mendes | Brasil
Beatriz Da Matta | Brasil
Jéssica Gaspar | Brasil
Sandra Lapage | Brasil
Carlos Eduardo Guariglia | Brasil
Zahy Guajajara | Brasil
Elias Oyxabaten | Brasil
Thiago Gomes | Brasil
Miguel Medeiros | Brasil
Jéferson Ge Vasconcelos | Brasil
Scenocosme | France
Bruma M. Machado | Brasil
Antonella Mignone | Italy
Pedro de Fillippis | Brasil
Felipe Carrelli | Brasil
Allan França Carmo | Brasil
Rodrigo Faustini | Brasil
Clélio e Floriano | Brasil
Fernando Velázquez | Brasil
Nícolas Melmann | Spain
Thiago Hersan | United Kingdom
Camila Ferreira Soares | Brasil
Elvys Souza Chaves | Brasil
Larissa Lopes | Brasil
Jonas Esteves | Brasil
Jan Moraes | Brasil
Miguel Bandeira | Brasil
Rynnard Milton | Brasil
Ale Moreira | Brasil
Luka Yakymchuk | Spain
Feliz Blume | France
Jody Zellen | United Kingdom
Bruno Alencastro | Brasil
Jack Holmer | Brasil
Solíman Lopez | Spain
Juan Calvet | Brasil
Filippo Edgardo Paolini | Italy
Katerina Belkina | Germany
Alexandre Pinheiro | Brasil
Luz Negra | Brasil
Frank Ternier | France
Thiago | Brasil
Tiago Minamisawa + Bruno H Castro | Brasil
Zaika dos Santos | Brasil
Iah Bahia Bruno De Carvalho | Brasil
Diego Machado | Brasil
Martin Smatana | Slovakia
Beverley Hood | United Kingdom
Matheus Roberto | Brasil
Beatriz Da Matta | Brasil