[ISEA2020] Artist Statement: Tivon Rice — Environment Built for Absence

Artist Statement

An unofficial/artificial sequel to J.G. Ballard’s “High Rise”.

After scanning the demolition of the former Dutch statistics office with a drone, an AI trained in the works of JG Ballard describes the possible narratives within these broken grounds in Environment Built for Absence.

  • Tivon Rice is an artist and educator working across visual culture, urbanism, and technology. Based in Den Haag (NL) and Seattle (US), his work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital culture and asks: how do we see, inhabit, feel, and talk about these new forms of exchange? How do we approach creativity within the digital? What are the poetics, narratives, and visual languages inherent in new information technologies? And what are the social and environmental impacts of these systems? Rice holds a PhD in Digital Art and Experimental Media from the University of Washington (USA). He was a Fulbright scholar (Korea 2012), one of the first individuals to collaborate with Google Artists + Machine Intelligence, and is currently an Artistic Researcher at the Delft University of Technology (NL). His projects have traveled widely with exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Taipei, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Sao Paulo.