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LIA , Vienna.

LIA is considered one of the pioneers of software and net art and has been producing works since 1995. Her practice spans across video, performance, software, installations, sculpture,
projections and digital applications.

The artist’s primary working material is code, which consists of LIA translating a concept into a formal written structure that then can be used to create a “machine” that generates real- time multimedia outputs. Since her concept is fluid – opposed to the formality of the written code that requires engineered precision – the translation process between machine
and artist can be viewed like a conversation. The process is repeated until LIA is satisfied with the machine’s  interpretation; at which point the generative framework, in which the artwork can develop, is considered finished.

LIA’s works combine traditions of drawing and painting with the aesthetics of digital images and algorithms, characterised by a minimalist quality and by an affinity with conceptual art.
She focuses on the translation of certain experienced principles into abstract forms,movements and colours in order to allow the viewer to explore the same on a subconscious level.

Her work at the collection:

little boxes on the hillsides, mother, 2021

little boxes on the hillsides, mother, 2021

little boxes on the hillsides, mother, 2021
little boxes on the hillsides, mother is an animated abstract suburban cityscape powered by a program of LIA’s own design and development. Over the 25 years of her artistic career, LIA's working process has typically involved as much intuition as it does engineering skill, and this piece is no exception. Growing from an initial Processing sketch by way of the
artist's careful selection of angles,transparencies, and line weights, alongside deliberate retention of accidents and bugs, a virtually infinite sequence of house-like forms appears and disappears, sliding over each other in hypnotic rhythms as they make their way slowly down the screen. 

Taking inspiration from the song “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds, little boxes on the hillsides, mother is a contemplation of houses and cities. The cyclical relationship between the construction of homes, the lands and environments they have replaced, and the
ecosystems that will eventually replace them is echoed through an infinite production of geometric compositions.

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