As an extension of the PRC’s Boston Cyberarts offerings and complementing the mapping theme of the Land/Mark gallery exhibition, NEO highlights the work of Lior Neiger, MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Born is Israel, Neiger has been featured regionally in exhibitions such “Site Specific” at artSPACE@16 in Malden, MA and “Mapping” (March 21-April 22) at Clark University in Worcester. Additionally, he has shown at The Artists Foundation and the Judi Rotenberg Gallery.

Featured online are 2 videos, Dead Pixel and Globe. Relevant to mapping is Globe, in which a split screen shows two globes spinning and then stopping, much like a slot machine. Each time, new boundaries abut each other, alluding to political, geographical, historical, and cultural connections. Dead Pixel references computer viruses, the HIV epidemic, and the death of technology via the phenomenon of dead pixels in computer monitors.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser

December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004

Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson
June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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Globe , 2003
Video loop, 3 minutes
Courtesy of the artist

Divided in two, each side of the screen features a globe turning quickly and slowing to a halt. Each time it stops, a random encounter is created between two geographical areas. Tension is thus generated between the representation of reality in each of the two screen parts and the new place created by the juxtaposition of the two, attesting to the potential of border changes, migration of nations, the movement of continents, etc. The work touches upon questions of immigration, occupation, colonialism, globalization, terrorism, arbitrariness, and play (it contains an element of a casino game). The straight dividing line created by the split screen alludes, at times parallels, to straight borders marked in the course of history throughout the world (such as borders between states in the United States and between countries in Africa). The work elicits questions concerning knowledge and orientation (or the lack thereof), confronting us with the realization that between every two spots in the world there is always some kind of connection (whether economic, political, geographical, historical or cultural). If we do not know what that link is, it is only because we, as viewers, lack knowledge about it. Much attention was devoted to the formal and color accord of the geographical combinations, but the idea of the ”unexpected” encounter is nevertheless convincing.

- Lior Neiger

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Dead Pixel , 2005
Video Projection loop, 4 minutes
Courtesy of the artist

Dead Pixel points to the way we are engaged with reality, virtually rather than physically. The virtual realm is where we discover the outside world and accumulate knowledge (via computer, Internet etc.); at the same time it is a place for forgetfulness, the place where we loose touch with reality. The dead pixel, a black pixel with no color information that appears on LCD screens is a metaphor for death in the real world. Through the death of pixels in the work, the apparatus reminds us of the existence of the physical realm and thus acts as a technological memento mori.

Several different sources contribute to the running text: The storyline is composed in a structure similar to that of problems/questions found in threads over the Internet. The faded text is a combination of html syntax from both Internet sites and emails suspected to be infected with a virus, fragments from Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (particularly from Panopticism) and data and characters gathered from other sources.

The numbers shown on the monitor while the globe spins which seem to represent numbers of dead pixels, are actually the numbers of people who died of AIDS in 2004. Other numbers referred to in the work, are the number of American soldiers and Iraqis killed in Iraq and the number of Palestinians and Israelis killed in the recent conflict. The video will be updated periodically with the most recent numbers.

- Lior Neiger

Click here to watch the video.