Turbulence Artists Studios: co~dec by M. Takeo Magruder
With co~dec, M. Takeo Magruder continues his quest to create art/media hybrids for the net. It is a translation of a one hour CNN news broadcast that has been dissected, compressedin time, space, and colorthen decompressed to its original length. In ambiguous silence co~dec slows the net to a crawl (and probably your computer as well, since the piece is very processor intensive).
Takeos grids, calculations, and crafted methodologies morph into organic, meditative spaces. Stripped of facts the linear structure of the piece softens into blurred faces, billowing clouds, shifting sands, and remote explosions. While Takeo transforms television noise into tranquil reflection, his work by no means encourages passivity. Peering into our screens, we are compelled to search for those facts: whos face? which desert? what explosion?
M. Takeo Magruder is an American artist residing in the UK. He received a bachelors degree in biological science from the University of Virginia in 1996. Although Takeo has no formal art training, he has taken the initiative to both experience vast quantities of original art (from all periods and cultures) and learn the historical/artistic context of the work. He has exhibited his videos, installations, sculptures and net.art at numerous venues worldwide. Upcoming exhibitions include the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, U.K.; M.S. Noordereiland Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland; and 17th Stuttgart Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany. Takeo is the recipient of a 2004 Turbulence commission funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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