Started in February 2022, The Foundry is an Artist in Residence program culminating in a curated collection drop, along with the works being displayed URL/IRL.
Our mission is to support artists throughout the creative process, creating points of growth through curatorial research. At The Foundry, we are determined to participate in the larger discourse on ethical technology choices, to have a voice in the digital art world while fulfilling our main mission - documenting the digital art history for generations to come.
“MARE and Other Encounters” (2022) is the new collection of works inspired by sea animals and encounters made by the artist Frenetik Void. “They appear to me in dreams, while eating, in supermarkets, they are images on the street, sounds in conversations, a held breath while snorkelling, an internet ad; they never stop coming.” The artist has been reflecting about these apparitions and generating a narrative around the period of life he’s going through.
This collection is a journey through Frenetik Void’s style, with reminiscences from his early works to the latest pieces that show his feelings without any filters. Frenetik Void developed a way to break the linear reading of an artist's work through his authorial mark, a camouflage act that demands instant recognition while promoting eclecticism as part of the creative process. Each piece embodies a different style Frenetik Void came to express over the years.
(Serena Tabacchi, MoCDA Director)
Frenetik Void is one of the earliest and most interesting creatives native to the NFT art world. An Argentinian digital artist from Buenos Aires, his works often show a post-human universe inhabited by hybrid mutant beings where the limits of physics have vanished.
The history of science is the history of technology used to perceive what is not possible to do with the human senses alone. The inventions of the microscope and telescope between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century led to a revolution in the way of understanding reality, the effects of which are still perceived today. Humans have had to cope with the fact that microscopic beings live inside and outside their bodies, just as the moon and planets no longer revolve around them. Over the centuries, new territories and living creatures were discovered thanks to futuristic tools: the very first life form discovered by man on the ocean floor was a stem crinoid at a depth of 3,109 m (10,200 ft) in 1864. These particular creatures are also called "sea lilies", a sweet name that tames their alien form referring to something we can see on land. The connection between technological research and the detection of incredible creatures is at the heart of Hybrid Ecosystems: Modular Depths (2022), the new collection of works by Entangled Others, the shared studio practice of artists Feileacan McCormick and Sofia Crespo. Entangled Others' research focuses on the relationship among ecology, science and the generative arts, offering an informed perspective on biodiversity through the use of cutting-edge creative tools and a keen sense of wonder. The AI-generated creatures are reminiscent of the blurry figures seen in video footage at the bottom of the ocean. The imagination fills what is not clearly visible, giving life to images beyond any control exercised by reason. The exhibition space designed by the artists accentuates the mysterious and solitary nature of the collection: visitors wander among the works as deep-sea divers or astronauts landed on an uncharted planet. The works are evidence of what is "beyond", of what has not yet been reached by our senses or by current technology.
(Filippo Lorenzin, MoCDA Artistic Director)
"Each intervention leaves scars forever. The body -flesh and soul- is no longer the original creation it was born in." This solo show is about taking a journey into an artist world, that of Renderfruit, where we navigate in holistic spaces, including video works, virtual sculptures and scenography for each room. At the core of the exhibition lie four new works produced during Renderfruit's residency at The Foundry: four pieces that transport us into the (un)conscious world of anesthesia and induce the show's narrative. With Anesthesia (2022), Renderfruit represents a moment of extreme intimacy and exposure. While a person reaches a dreamy and otherworldly level of consciousness and peace, their body lies down, restless, its flesh cut open, and dependent on surgeons to hold on. Soothing and exhilarating, surgery comes here as a moment of tremendous solicitation that affects both body and mind, altering our sense of self irrevocably.
(Marie Chatel, MoCDA Curator)
Renderfruit aka Clara Luzian is an Argentinian artist. Trained as a graphic designer, Renderfruit works with 3D animation to create surreal and poetic spaces. She explores human emotions from dark and ominous moments to cheerful and delicate ones, expressing our unstable realities.
Kevin Abosch presents 14 new animated digital works, individually and collectively forming a treatise on the attenuation of fear through love. Working ritualistically with deep-learning algorithms, Abosch has distilled emotional value from more than 100,000 public social media posts that include the word “love”.
The resultant “truths” are subsequently encrypted into three layers of hexadecimal alphanumerics superimposed upon each other suggesting that that love cannot be fully understood. Kevin Abosch (born 1969) is an Irish conceptual artist known for his works in photography, sculpture, installation, AI, blockchain and film. Abosch's work addresses the nature of identity and value by posing ontological questions and responding to sociologic dilemmas.