Monday, January 7, 2013

Contemplating Turing

The mezmerizing chat of "one one one zero zero one one" greeted me as the door as I entered the Turing Gallery in Extropia. Gracie Kendal is the curator of the Gallery and asked Oberon Ommura to do an exhibit there. The mission of the gallery,”Turing Gallery exhibits work that is futuristic + conceptual in nature. We adhere to the Extropian philosophy of creating an environment of near future and science fiction ideals.“  

The Turing exhibit that Oberon has created is a tribute to Alan Turing a very early pioneer in computer sciences. IIn Oberon’s words, ”Alan Turing had a hand in creating modern information theory, in no small part with his thought problem called the' Turing Machine.' One aspect of the Turing Machine is that it is potentially 'infinite,' in the sense that it can (theoretically) become any computer and solve any problem, given adequate input. This installation is an artist’s riff on that notion – infinite input, infinite output – even though there’s no computing happening here!”  

His picture stands outside and again on the top floor of the gallery there is an image of him also, surrounded by the 1100110‘s. There is a constant flow of data going on from all directions and filling the halls of the gallery from the lower floor to the upper floor. A throng of artists and friends attended the opening and were amazed at the exhibit tho one said to me that Oberon loves moving prims and scripts and uses all he can. 

In reference to my comment that it is difficult to describe the art in words Oberon said to read Quan Lavendar ‘s travelogue which I had already done. . Oberon said,  she hit the nail on the head though about my style sort of giving permission to the viewer to respond very personally,” and I agree. 

Go through the door:

Gemma Cleanslate

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