BOGDAN MATEI is a PhD student at the Timișoara Doctoral School of Art, with a thesis on questioning the status of the art object in the age of artificial intelligence. His artistic practice is situated around new media as well as traditional media. The irony, institutional criticism are elements that are found in his artistic approach.
Since 2016 he has had a constant exhibition activity. Among his most important participations are: the installation “The Room” realized at the headquarters of the Triade Foundation, a project collateral of the Art Encounters Biennial, 2017; “Working Title 2“, group exhibition, MAGMA Gallery, Sfântu Gheorghe, 2018; “Seeing Time“, group exhibition, Kunsthalle Bega, Timișoara, 2019; also in 2019, he was selected by the Faculty of Arts to participate in the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mulhouse, France; “Later Edit“, group exhibition, Kunsthalle Bega, Timișoara, 2020; “Post-nothing“, group exhibition, kinema ikon: In Good Company, Arad Art Museum, 2021; “may amnesia scratch our membranes“, group exhibition, IOMO Gallery, Bucharest, 2021: White Elephant Apocalypse, group exhibition, Comenduirea Garnizoanei, Timișoara, Intact Cultural Foundation Award for Young Romanian Artists in Contemporary Creation, 2021; Unradical Remarks or How to Multiply the Nothingness, solo show, ArtHub, Bucharest, 2021; Pink Cloud, group exhibition, Arad Art Museum, kinema ikon serial, 2021; Near-death experience, pavilion organized by Room69 at The Wrong Biennale, Austria, Eco Street Art, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, 2021.
In a reality immersed in information, fast transfer, virtual realities, metadata and artificial intelligence working together for the immediate satisfaction of the desire for image consumption and belonging, questioning the art object in relation to technology arises naturally. Internet relics, compositing and 3D modelling can play an endless ping-pong game of information to fuel the appearance of culture. What’s new doesn’t matter, what’s old doesn’t need to be discussed, the flow of information must get here and now and it doesn’t have to be empirical, it just has to exist and take up space in the cloud. Confusing culture with the false prefabrication of it is of no interest, information must be fast. Triangulation of ideas does not come and will not come from users, the masks of the internet cover prefabrication well enough. In a world of virtuality and extension of the body through the device, what role does the art object play? Artificial intelligence may be engaged in the realization of new expressiveness, but for whom and why? Do we need perspectives? How and why do we establish them?