NOVA BIENAL RIO of Art and Technology: Exploring the New Aesthetic and Supercreativity
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NOVA Bienal Rio of Art and Technology, a transformative event that emerges from the rich 23-year history of the FILE – International Electronic Language Festival. We are excitedly presenting works by 66 artists, collectives, and studios from 30 countries, all pushing the boundaries of art and technology. Our purpose is to invite the audience to immerse themselves in the diversity of the aesthetic universe, exploring works of augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, interactive installations, machine learning, animations, game art, and videos. These works serve as gateways to experiencing the New Aesthetic and Supercreativity.
The NOVA Bienal Rio is an autonomous and independent event that transcends the scope of a conventional international exhibition; it is a call to innovation and imagination. Under the theme “New Aesthetic and Supercreativity,” we invite you on a journey through the world of art driven by technology. Hosted by the city of Rio de Janeiro, it takes place at both the iconic Museu do Amanhã and Praça Mauá, reshaping the interaction of the public with art.
As you enter the NOVA Bienal, you will be invited to explore unique aesthetic expressions, looking towards the future through digital and technological lenses. We open windows for reflection, enjoyment, and aesthetic appreciation, providing access to cutting-edge creations that stimulate a critical and creative understanding of digital and technological aesthetics. In a constantly changing world, this exhibition is a catalyst for shaping a vibrant and creative future.
The choice of the Museu do Amanhã as the venue is not random; it is a strategic choice. Known for its futuristic vision, the museum provides the ideal environment to explore the New Aesthetic and Supercreativity. Together, we share the mission of shaping tomorrow through innovation and transformation catalyzed by creativity.
The NOVA Bienal Rio offers the public a unique opportunity to experience artistic projects that transcend aesthetic boundaries with the help of new technologies. Here, interactivity, reflection, and responsibility in the use of digital and technological tools generate critical thinking and digital aesthetics.
For over two decades, FILE has been following the evolution of art and technology, expanding horizons and questioning paradigms. The NOVA Bienal Rio emerges as a step forward in this journey, a unique opportunity to express our time, where technology redefines artistic narratives.
The NOVA Bienal Rio takes the form of a cultural network, where disciplines such as architecture, music, and literature intertwine with emerging technologies, generating the New Aesthetic. This collaborative approach shapes the future with knowledge and creativity.
Welcome to the journey towards the artistic and technological expression of the NOVA Bienal Rio of Art and Technology.
NOVA BIENAL RIO of art and technology
When we think of recent Art in the strictest sense, we necessarily consider the concept of the New as the driving force behind the arts, without which they would be merely standardized or purely market-driven.
Arts and Culture, in general, apply this criterion, for without it, they would become stagnant and repetitive over time. On the other hand, when we think of Technology we envision the implication of concept of Innovation, which produces economic disruptions and new social behaviours.
The term ‘artistic novelty’ refers to the product of poetic creation through human intuition and imagination, contextualized within the historical knowledge of the arts. On the other hand, ‘technological innovation,’ derived from scientific invention, is based on the understanding of networks, algorithms, and machine languages, including contemporary fields like machine learning and artificial intelligence.
When we reflect on the concept of ‘Art and Technology,’ we notice that more than a mere combination of these two things, a fusion between the new and innovation takes place, giving rise to another conceptual form, which we call NOVA = artistic novelty + fusion + technological innovation.
Therefore, by NOVA, we mean not the motor that would produce works in a teleological progressive time, but the FUSION of concepts: a stochastic fusion between intuition and machine, creativity and intelligence. This fusion occurs not through mere worldplay but through the intuitive ‘savoir-faire’ of artists and programmers in the constant emergence of NEW AESTHETICS and SUPERCREATIVITIES.
The NOVA BIENAL RIO is, therefore, an event that aims to be an international biennial exhibition of art and technology hosted at the Museu do Amanhã, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Its first edition revolves around the theme of NEW AESTHETICS and SUPERCREATIVITY. It provides visitors with the opportunity to explore artistic projects that work in a diverse spectrum of aesthetic applications, such as interactive installations, robotics, videos, NOVA BIENAL RIO of Art and Technology virtual and augmented realities, animations, games, along with artificial intelligence, among other technological tools in their creative processes.
The choice of the Museum of Tomorrow as the venue for the exhibition is significant. The Museum of Tomorrow is known for its focus on the future, innovation, and social transformations. It seeks to explore the challenges and possibilities that tomorrow will bring. In this sense, the first exhibition of the NOVA BIENAL RIO of Art and Technology fits perfectly within the museum’s proposal, bringing a creative and conscious approach to technological tools comprehend and shape the future.
The exhibition is exclusively sponsored by Shell, the multinational energy company and supporter of the Museum of Tomorrow. Trough the biennial, Shell renews its commitment to fostering cutting-edge technologies in Brazil and supporting arts, science and sustainability for a century, with a focus on social and economic development in dialogue with culture, creativity and innovation.
Ricardo Barreto and Paula Perissinotto
Curators and founders of the NOVA BIENAL RIO
Complete list of works
1. Akihiko Taniguchi – Cumhur Jay On & On – Japan
2. Amy Karle – Internal Collection – United States
3. Amy Karle – The Heart of Evolution? – United States
4. Anaisa Franco – Expanded Iris – Brazil
5. Anders Lind – LINES – Denmark
6. Banz & Bowinkel – Bots – Germany
7. Camila Magrane – Traces – Venezuela
8. Clelio de Paula – Xingu Ensemble 3.0 – Brazil
9. Corin Ileto & Tristan Jalleh – Lux Aeterna – Philippines / Malaysia / Australia
10. David OReilly – Hell – Germany / Ireland
11. Enhance – HUMANITY – United States / Japan
12. Estudio Guto Requena – Estímulos Emocionais – Brazil
13. Estudio Guto Requena – Estrela Sensível – Brazil
14. Francesca Fini – Paradise Lost – Italy
15. Gabriel Massan – Unbonded on a Bonded Domain – Brazil
16. Game Bakers – Haven – France
17. George Jasper Stone & Dark0 – SuperStars – United Kingdom
18. Glenn Marshall – Searching for Escher – Northern Ireland
19. GLOR1A + biarritzzz – CÁPSULA DE RESPIRAR – Brazil
20. Guli Silberstein – Cycles of Creation – England
21. Gustaf Holtenäs – SLOW – Sweden
22. Guto Nóbrega – E4D – Encantamento para 4ª Dimensão – Brazil
23. Hanna Haaslahti – Captured – Germany / Finland
24. Heart Machine – Solar Ash – United States
25. Ief Spincemaille – Rope – Belgium
26. Ines Alpha – 3D Makeups – France
27. Iregular – Control No Control – Canada
28. Isaac Horton – The Secret Life of Trees – United States
29. Jason Osinachi Igwe – Existence as protest – Nigeria
30. Jean-Philippe Côté & Victor-Drouin Trempe – Empreintes Sonores – Canada
31. John Butler & Lina Theodorou – J-Life – United Kingdom
32. John Butler & Martina Morger – Gaitkeeper – United Kingdom
33. John Butler – People should work – United Kingdom
34. John Butler – UnParent – United Kingdom
35. Jon Rafman – Disasters Under the Sun – Canada
36. Julius Horsthuis – HDR Fractal: Broken Molecules – Netherlands
37. Julius Horsthuis – Recombination VR – Netherlands
38. Leo Castañeda – Levels & Bosses – Colombia / United States
39. Lilia Li-Mi-Yan & Katherina Sadovsky – A000000000001000AA011 – Russia
40. Louis-Philippe Rondeau – LIMINAL – Canada
41. Ludmila Rodrigues – Polytope – Brazil / Netherlands
42. Lu Yang – The Great Adventure Of Material World: Film – China
43. Lu Yang – The Great Adventure Of Material World: Game – China
44. Marpi Studio – Island Series – United States
45. Marpi Studio – Wave Atlas – United States
46. Matthias Oostrik – AIIA – The Forgettable Art Machine – France / Netherlands
47. Melodie Mousset | PatchXR – PatchWorld – Denmark / Switzerland
48. Melodie Mousset – HanaHana AR – France / Switzerland
49. Memo Akten – Learning to see – United States / Turkey
50. Mike Pelletier – Constraint Iteration 1 – Canada
51. Mike Pelletier – Constraint Iteration 3 – Canada
52. Minimaforms – Petting Zoo – United Kingdom
53. Nikita Diakur – Ugly – Germany
54. Numen / For Use – Tube – Germany / Austria / Croatia
55. Oli Sorenson – Supply Chain – Canada
56. Özge Samanci – VastWaste – United States
57. DEJUMATOS, Rudá Babau & Pepapuke – G.A.I.A PRESIDENTE – Brazil
58. Peter Burr – Black Square — United States
59. Peter Burr – Pattern Language — United States
60. Peter Burr – The Mess — United States
61. Robin Baumgarten – Quantum Jungle – Germany
62. Sam Rolfes – dj fuck – POP CRYPT – United States
63. Sam Rolfes – Studio Visit: Stages One, Two, Three, & Final – United States
64. Xenoangel – Deep Trash – United Kingdom / Serbia
65. Xenoangel – SUPREME – United Kingdom / Serbia
66. Seph Li – 相/Phase – China / England
67. Theo Jansen – Animaris Ordis – Netherlands
68. Theo Triantafyllidis – Genius Loci – Greece
69. Theo Triantafyllidis – Painting – Greece
70. Zahy Tentehar – KARAIW A’E WÀ – Brazil
NOVA BIENAL RIO of art and technology
Opening: September 19th – 6:30 PM
Exhibition: September 20th to October 29th
Rating: All Ages
Museu do Amanhã – Praça Mauá, 1 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20081-240
Communication Design: André Lenz
Original Image: HDR Fractal: Broken Molecules – Julius Horsthuis