88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the Left Hand)

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein

Net.Art Project, 2008

www.88constellations.net

Winner of the 2011 $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award

Shortlisted for the 2011 Bournemouth New Media Writing Prize.

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the Left Hand) is an interactive, non-linear net.art piece that explores the life and philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein through a series of animated vignettes created in Flash. Each of the 88 sections corresponds to one of the 88 constellations in the night sky. The constellations become a way for the viewer to negotiate the associative relationships between these vignettes. As well, viewers can interact with each collage animation using their left hand to trigger events from the computer keyboard (in homage to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s brother Paul – a concert pianist who lost his right arm in WWI but continued his career performing piano works composed for the Left Hand). This work considers questions that Ludwig Wittgenstein pondered in his career as a philosopher: logic, language, the nature of thinking, and the limits of knowledge – all in relation to our contemporary digital world.

GALLERY

SCREENINGS & EXHIBITIONS

2012
in MediaRes, a media commons project (Curated by Katherine Hayles), website.

2011
Solo Exhibition, Paved Arts, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Solo Exhibition, Art Gallery of Calgary, Alberta.

2010
Fonland_#06.2010: Virtual Humanities, Pátio da Inquisição – Coimbra, Portugal.
Flash & Thunder, NewMediaFest2010, Cinematheque, Online.
Fugue in the Key of Understanding, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
Electronic Literature Collection Vol.2, Brown University, Providence, USA.

2009
chico.art.net, California State University, Chico, USA.
Fluid Festival, New Media Laboratory, Queens Museum, New York, USA.
Cinema Tous Ecrans, Genève, Switzerland.
Electro_Online 09, Newcastle, Australia.
Pixilerations [v.6], Providence, Rhode Island.
Specs Journal: contemporary arts and culture, Rollins College, Florida, USA.
Video Vortex 4, Split, Croatia.
Espace Videographe, Montreal, Canada.
A Slow Reveal…
, The Art Gallery of the University of Maryland, USA.
FILE 2009 RIO, Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2008
12th international video festival videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Live Herring ´08, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Dallas Video Festival, Texas.
David Clark & Michelle Gay, Pace University Gallery, New York.
13th Canariasmediafest, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).
VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain.
FILE 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Digital Art.LA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, USA. (curated by Howard Fox)
.txt, Obsolescence Colloquilium, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.
404 Festival of Electronic Art: Italy, Trieste, Italy.