IAWP Director Mark Amerika opens exhibition in Havana

Published: May 15, 2017
Glitch

IAWP Founding Director and Professor of Art and Art History Mark Amerika’s exhibition "GlitchMix, not an error" opened on March 24, 2017 and is the first exhibition of Amerika’s work in Havana. The exhibition takes place at The Estudio Figueroa-Vives and the Norwegian Embassy in Cuba. This is the first exhibition in Cuba featuring glitch art and also includes Amerika’s early works of net art "GRAMMATRON" (1997) and "FILMTEXT" (2001-2002). 

Other works in the exhibition include "Lake Como Remix" (2012), "Getting Lost The Long Dérive" (2012), "Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp dba Conceptual Parts, Ink" (2012), "Crapshoot" (2015) and wall-sized prints from Amerika’s "8-Bit Heaven" series (UK, 2012; Brazil, 2016). The exhibition also features new work from Yonlay Cabrera and Fidel García, two of Cuba’s most exciting and internationally exhibited contemporary digital artists.

"GlitchMix, not an error" is curated by the Estudio Figueroa-Vives and is the gallery’s ninth exhibition in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy and the first one that includes an international artist. According to the gallery, “[g]litch art is the practice of using or appropriating digital or analogical errors, either by corrupting data or software or [by] physically manipulating electronic devices, TV, videos, music and web sites. The exhibition "GlitchMix, not an error" showcases contemporary art practices that research new forms of digital video, sound art, net art, photography and/or installation that investigate the creative use of error and the aesthetics of ‘the happy accident’ – prompted or spontaneous – in contemporary art.”

Over 250 people attended the opening, including the U.S. ambassador to Cuba and his wife, as well as locally based artists, curators and students from MIT.