Joseph Nechvatal

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Paris, France
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Joseph Nechvatal's contemporary art practice engages in the fragile wedding of image production and image resistance. Through his version of an art-of-noise, he brings a subversive reading to the human body through computational viruses, articulating concerns regarding safety, identity and objectivity. In the introduction to the book Selected Essays 1981-2001 by Peter Halley, Richard Milazzo describes Joseph Nechvatal’s theoretic output as a systematic onslaught of critical theory. (Halley, Peter Selected Essays 1981-2001, Edgewise Press. 2013, pp. 34 – 35)

Since 1986, Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora.

Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) at the University of Wales, Newport, UK where he served as conference coordinator for the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference Consciousness Reframed: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era (July 1997); an international conference which looked at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness. From 1999 to 2013 Nechvatal taught in the mfa graduate department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006) was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book Immersion Into Noise was published by the University of Michigan Library's Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with the Open Humanities Press. He has also published two books with Punctum Press: Minóy (ed.) (2014) and Destroyer of Naivetés (2015).
The Joseph Nechvatal archive is housed at The Fales Library (Downtown Special Collection) at N.Y.U. in New York City

1951 Born in Chicago, Illinois
1974 B.F.A. Southern Illinois University
1974-75 M.F.A. Studio Work Cornell University
1977-78 M.Phil Work in Philosophy Columbia University
1999 Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Art at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA-STAR), University of Wales, Newport, Wales, U.K.
2003-2009 Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
1999-2014 Professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC
2014 Moved to Paris, France
2014 - Parisian Correspondent for Hyperallergic
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