CONVOLUTION WEAVE STRUCTURES
March 1 – June 30, 2017
UPFOR @ TRANSFER, New York, April 22 – 29, 2017
Birch Cooper’s upfor.digital exhibition Convolution Weave Structures superimposed complex virtual sculptures onto documentary images of Upfor’s physical gallery space, challenging the boundary between on-line and off-line artistic production and exhibition. A generative, ambient soundtrack composed by the artist reflected the acoustic properties of the physical gallery, using audio from a gallery tour as its foundation. Cooper describes the virtual sculptures as related to his electronic music practice, referring to them as “aleatoric in a broad sense... not based strictly on chance operations, but also on procedure and intuition.” In a playful provocation of the market’s awkward embrace of media art, all virtual sculptures are offered for sale. The “objects” are sold as .obj (3D geometric models) files, with prices set according to file sizes–which in turn reflect the complexity of the virtual model and edition size.