Adam Basanta


The A Brief History of Western Cultural Production project reflects on the nature of the image at the time of the digitalization of the world’s largest cultural institutions collections.

The first part of the project consists in collecting images and data regarding the works contained in the open-source collections of some of the most famous museum, such as the Prado, Louvre, MET. The second step involves the use of a software and the mosaic technique: an empty “canvas” is divided into digital mosaic tiles, then filled with information coming from one of the many images with the aim of creating an internally original image. In the exhibition, the first result of the process described above: a print (International Gold Standard 001) whose image is composed of segments of pictures of 14 ancient European coins showing rulers’ faces on their surfaces. The coins derived from the MET collection in New York.

Adam Basanta’s work explores technological practices as active, participatory, multi-sensory performances which are distributed throughout a variety of human, cultural, material and computational agencies. Born in Tel-Aviv (ISR) and raised in Vancouver (BC), Basanta has lived and worked in Montréal since 2010. Originally studying contemporary music composition, he has developed an artistic practice in mixed-media installations. Since 2015, his works have been exhibited in galleries and institutions including Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Arsenal Art Contemporain (CAN), Galerie Charlot (FRA), National Art Centre Tokyo (JPN), V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (RUS), Serralves Museum (POR), Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (GER), The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (USA). He has been awarded several international prizes, including the Japan Media Arts Prize (2016) and the Aesthetica Art Prize (2017). In 2018 he was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. He is currently represented by Ellephant Gallery (Montréal, CAN). Remaining active as an experimental composer and performer, his concert music, live performances, and sound recordings are presented worldwide.

PHOTO CAPTION: Adam Basanta, A Brief History of Western Cultural Production – International Gold Standard 001, giclée print, database painting, 60 x 60 cm, 2019. Courtesy the artist

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