For the Time Being
In Feeling/Filling Into, artist duo LoVid approaches the body and technology with two key aesthetic themes: signals and interaction. Presented in the lobby of Five Manhattan West, the installation features two animations from the Hugs on Tape series, printed vinyl window frames, and a carpet in their signature vibrant design. The patterns and colors are sourced from the artist’s expansive library of 20+ years of audiovisual recordings. Made via digital and analog processes, hardware analog synthesizers convert electrical current into abstract visuals along with new code-based generative imagery.
The Hugs on Tape series (2021-present) was born out of a time of extreme isolation and highlights the visceral need of humans for physical contact. LoVid created these “digital hug simulations” from home recordings of hugs made by friends, along with a range of technological tools. The artwork highlights relationships between family, friends, and lovers; each animation is a unique portrait.
Curated by Tom Kotik.
Hugs on Tape courtesy of LoVid and Fridman Gallery.
LoVid’s interdisciplinary works explore the often invisible or intangible aspects of contemporary society, such as communication systems and biological signals. They are particularly interested in the ways technology seeps into the evolution of human culture. LoVid’s work has been exhibited, performed, screened, and presented internationally at venues including solo shows at: RYAN LEE Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, and Smack Mellon, all in New York, as well as Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, among others. LoVid has performed in New York at Anthology Film Archives, Issue Project Room, MoMA, New Museum, PS1, and The Kitchen. LoVid’s generative NFT works have been released on Art Blocks Curated and their videos are distributed by EAI.