NEoN | JODI: Variable Art for the ZX Spectrum

JODI | Jet Set Willy

1st-28th August 2016, Thurs to Sun, 11am-6pm. FREE
VRC, DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

As part of the DiGRA FDG games conference, NEoN is proud to present the work of JODI. The artist duo, also known as Jodi.org, is considered one of the most influential artist groups working on the Web and they are important pioneers in the artistic manipulation of videogames.

The exhibition features JODI’s experiments based on the ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that was manufactured in Dundee. It includes their programmes written in the computer language BASIC and their modification of ‘Jet Set Willy’, the 80s platform game.

JODI continuously re-present their works, a strategy through which they revisit older projects by letting them adapt to new technological environments and transferring them to different mediums. This critical strategy shows how their art is variable and transforms over time.

Joan Heemskerk (Dutch, born 1968) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium, born 1965) together form JODI, living and working in the Netherlands. They were awarded the Prix NetArt 2014 and their installation ‘My%Desktop’ (2002) was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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