School 33 Art Center


In Process: Tom Boram

02/10/2018 - 02/17/2018
Visit School 33 on three Saturdays while "Test Pattern" is on view in our Main Gallery to see artist Tom Boram in process as he creates a series of digital-to-analog recordings as part of his installation, "The Artist is Telepresent."

Saturday, January 27th, 1-3pm
Saturday, February 10th, 1-4pm
Saturday, February 17th, 1-4pm

Test Pattern: 
A group exhibition featuring works by Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley
Curated by Melissa Webb
Test Pattern demonstrates a collective longing for reconnection with the simplicity of the analog era, while examining the psychology of our multi-generational society post Digital Revolution. Alternating between the material and the virtual, these artists layer analog and digital technologies through the use of video and sound, textile, painting, sculpture, and live performance. Throughout their processes of making they convert voltage into data, synthesized and percussive sound into imagery, and computerized experiences into physical objects. The resulting works explore social conventions and family life in the Information Age, the handmade vs the digitally rendered, the preservation and degradation of information, and ultimately, the relationship between the simulated and the tangible.

Tom Boram Artist Statement:
My recent work has been centered on electronic systems that are awkward and complex. They barely work, have no calculated result, and if I revisit them after some time I often can’t figure out how I’ve designed them to begin with. I’d rather abandon them and start over than fix or develop them.

I find myself wondering why I’m attracted to technology if it damages my intensions so badly. If I assert myself in electronic media, that expression is absorbed and people only see how the system represents expressions. But this is interesting- I want to focus primarily on raw gesture, because that is what survives a system rather than “unique” ideas. 

Individuality is destroyed by technology but the myth persists that we retain our form in electronic media. Rather than resist that, I prefer to interact with technology anonymously, as a series of gestures rather than as a person. 

I use my synthesizer to generate audio and the computer (MAX) for video synthesis. Both systems are programmed to work together through feedback patterns. A special type of hardware converts analogue voltages to digital data and vice versa. In the same way the synthesizer works with raw electronic tones and modulations so does the computer generate raw colors and geometry. The two media are forced together into a crude synesthesia relationship. Into that mix my musical gestures and webcam video go. I can change the system but the system can change me and alter my performance as well, so that is the other feedback pattern.