In Exponential Growth (2020), Eric Souther creates an anxious series of video glitches by “throttling the networks bitrate and creating a feedback loop by taking the in back to the out” with an accompanying soundscape by Andrew Deutsch. The viewer is left with a rare view of “downsampling,” which occurs when internet service providers downgrade images based on connection speed. Futile attempts to interpret the images is almost frustrating and reveals empty promises of digital growth—we’re left ask: To what ends is digital growth beneficial? For whom?
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Eric Souther is a new media artist who draws from an assortment of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, ritual, critical theory, and new materialism. He develops software instruments and codes that investigate technological & cultural ecologies. His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, and the Museum of Art, Zhangzhou, China. His work has screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Beyoglu, Instanbul, Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy, the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia, and the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. He received his B.F.A in New Media from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009 and his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Expanded Media in the Division of Expanded Media at NYSCC at Alfred University.
Andrew Deutsch is a sound and video artist who teaches sonic art, video art, and digital art at the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He received his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from Renssealer Polytechnic Institute. His favorite artists: Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Mara Martuschka, Paul DeMarinis, Roscoe Mitchell, Stephen Vitiello and Yasunao Tone and he encourages everyone to look those artists up.