Madison has its share of gifted visual artists and valuable art spaces, but digital art and video art lack a strong presence here. And what is digital art, anyway? The ongoing show Digital Aura takes a broad approach to exploring that question, with a series of three works showing at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and one installation at Arts + Literature Laboratory on the East Side.
The current work on display at MMOCA, “Inextinguishable Fire,” finds the performance artist Cassils lighting themself on fire, a process captured in slow motion. In the previous piece at MMOCA, “(Modern) Formations II,” which came down in June, self-proclaimed “weird-side-of-the-internet evangelist” Laura Kim uses a hypnotic combination of dance and sound to explore how people interact with their mobile phones. Adrián Regnier Chávez’s “I” is up next at MMOCA, running July 15 through August 6, and Mazinani’s “Threshold” is on display at ALL through July 29.
Contributor Phoebe Schlough has recently been speaking with several of the people involved in Digital Aura. We’re presenting them in a two-part series on our podcast. On this week’s installment, he speaks with Kim and with curators Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky. Give their conversations a listen here, or subscribe to the Tone Madison podcast on Apple Podcasts. Next week, we’ll hear from other artists involved in the show, including Chávez.