LNDSQRPS Installation @ Betty Rhymer Gallery

AKA Land Scrapes

LNDSQRPS is an installation, a personal performance, and a website (soon to be uploaded to the global interweb!) The work is cloaked in a glitchy veil of art/techno-mythos. In the context of "Fool's Paradise," a group show at the SAIC Betty Rymer Gallery, LNDSQRPS is installed on four Large Flat-panel G5 iMacs. "Fool's Paradise" was curated by Madeline Nusser and Murphy Dunn around the idea of "artists fictionalizing urban and rural landscapes."

The landscape at the root of LNDSQRPS is a panoramic composite of multiple photos* taken in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. The image spreads between the four computers; simulated clouds move over the horizon adding the illusion of motion and time. Over the course of the show LNDSQRPS changes, revealing elements of its production while aestheticizing its breakdown. Each day consists of a different sequence derived from, and piled upon the last, creating a compound multidimensional panorama consisting of glitches, errors, icons, compression artifacts, and operating system elements.

Like the glacial events scoured that the landscape of the Badlands, these nuanced blips become more and more amalgamated as the installation slowly, day by day, visually breaks down. By over-compressing, confusing file formats, and shifting chunks of bits within the landscape data**, jon.satrom constructs an abstract digital macrocosm that plays with and feeds back on to the product/artwork [the installation LNDSQRPS,] the tools of production [the media tools and the computer,] the means of delivery [the computer and the gallery] and the venue of consumption ["Fool's Paradise" gallery show.]

In creating a work that appears to be non-functioning, or at least not functioning within the construct of a gallery-based new-media installation, jon.satrom challenges the gallery as a Fool's Paradise for new-media. LNDSQRPS treads the line (if there is one) between new-media and other-media (ie video installation), often overlooked in contemporary art-shows preoccupied with the enchantment of the computer. LNDSQRPS uses the mythical guise of computers as aesthetic content in the same timeline/layer/data-set as the photographic elements used to build the original composite panorama.

One cannot avoid the cooperate logos emblazed upon the hot-rod computers mounted on the gallery walls. One cannot avoid the decisions that software makes for its users and viewers. Errors and mistakes become choreographed into a larger dance/rave of new-media practice. The files themselves were created in High Definition only to be compressed, manipulated, re-compressed, exported and imported ad nauseum. Elements of the editing process and the operating system were captured via screen-grabs and animated into the piece.

Problems, glitches, errors and failure often present forks in the road of production; LNDSQRPS is a collection of meditated mistakes that follow the forks on a counter-intuitive trek, further blurring an unresolved dissonance between problem-solving and problem-creating.

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AKA Jon Satrom

jon.satrom is elated by electronic malfunctions and the glitches within the spectrum of everyday existence. He utilizes hacks, bends, and glitches to create unintended results from various hardware and software. His outputs include video, audio, artware and custom built hardware.

Entering into analog video in the mid 90's sparked satrom's lust for elaborate systems and signal flow. Over the years, he explored ideas and methods of feedback, noise and interruptions of signal through television, live performances, net.art, installations and short videos.

In 1999 jon.satrom moved to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institute. At that time, media production tools were becoming increasingly affordable to consumers and the institution was in flux between analogue and digital tools. satrom began to look 'under the hood' of the systems he had been working with. At the same time, he started to play with the integration of code into his work. A playful approach to code spilled into programming for microchips, and later, he found himself exploring artist built tools of the 1960's and 1970's and hacking electronic toys from the 1980's and 1990's.

Currently, jon.satrom is a systems analyst and teaches new-media in Chicago. He performs live video in a variety of venues from galleries (Deadtech, Heaven, SpareRoom, en3my; Chicago USA) to bars (The Mutiny, Skylark; Chicago USA, Galapagos; New York USA) and clubs (Sonotheque, Berlin Nightclub; Chicago USA) to garages and barns. He is a core developer of criticalartware.net and has presented work in ISEA (Helsinki, Finland 2004), ReadMe (Ã…rhus, Denmark 2004) and ArsElectronica (Linz, Austria 2002) He has lectured at the School of the Art Institute as a visiting artist and held residency at the Experimental Television Center in upstate New York (2002).

Collaboration and experimentation is important to jon.satrom's practice. He continues to be inspired by practitioners and tool builders of the early video movement in the 1960's and 70's. While hacking + creating art, satrom is cognizant of the systems on which his work relies. ( ie. the circuit, the transmission of signal, the physical and visual interface ) His work lives in-between the blips and under the buttons of remixed, hacked, and hybrid systems.



Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Betty Rymer Gallery

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*ShoutOuts to Sarah Fox for letting jon pilfer the photos she took of the Badlands in 2003 to create the composite panoramic image at the root of LNDSQRPS.

**ShoutOuts to bensyverson for his help in creating the Satromizer 2.0, a Perl application that shifts chunks of data within files, automating jon's methods of glitching images and video. The Satromizer 1.0 was inspired by satrom's KOLOBOKZ video and was developed by bensyverson in 2001 as an AfterEffects plugin that regurgitated the computer's buffer into a video file. bensyverson is a Chicago based artist and the awesome wizard behind DV Matte, conduit, likn, and edo.