DAM Projects, Berlin
Horstweg 35, 14059 Berlin
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Art of the Digital Age, from 1965 to Now!
Wolf Lieser is the founder and director of DAM Projects. After several years of working as a freelance art consultant and gallerist in Wiesbaden, he launched the Digital Art Museum (DAM) as an exclusively web-based museum in 1998, which was a revolutionary innovation at the time, developing it in collaboration with London Metropolitan University. At the same time he ran Colville Place Gallery alongside Keith Watson, the first ever gallery with focus on Digital Art. In 2003, DAM Gallery (now DAM Projects) was established in Berlin, followed by the DAM DIGITAL ART AWARD in 2005. Since 2006, DAM cooperates with Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, where Digital Art is presented on a public video screen in the patio several times a day.
DAM Projects emerged from the Digital Art Museum (DAM), a virtual museum and archive devoted to the documentation and mediation of this influential, avant-garde art form. DAM Projects functions as an economical expansion of the scientific orientation of the Digital Art Museum and its objective is to mediate digital art and make it widely available. Along with the DAM DIGITAL ART AWARD, which was created to honor important pioneers, these three pillars form DAM.
The artistic positions of DAM Projects span the full range of algorithmic, programmed art, including graphic arts, animation, software and interactive arts: ranging from the pioneers with their self-programmed, computer-generated plotter drawings, to the first net artists during the early days of the internet and today’s offspring of digital natives and the post-digital age. Conceptually, the main interest lays upon the effects of code and digital media on culture and society.
Ever since its invention, the computer has increasingly influenced day-to-day human life. Like hardly anything else it represents the present time. Digital Art moves freely between art, science and technology. On the semiotic, informatic basis of algorithms, digital art displays a highly diverse expressiveness. Programming an algorithm means to firstly rationalise a complex, abstract concept and subsequently code in a stringent, systematical way. A computer-generated artwork is somewhat written in an encrypted language being made visually decipherable again through the image, and thereby acquiring new artistic-conceptual levels of meaning.
Between the historical foundations and pioneering progresses, DAM Projects identifies and mediates positions in digital art that are of sustainable art-historical value.
Founder and Director: Wolf Lieser
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