DAM GALLERY is part of DAM Projects GmbH | Director: Wolfgang Lieser | Commercial registry: Berlin Charlottenburg HRB 90873 | USt.-IDNr.: DE 161744610
Art of the Digital Age, from 1965 to Now!
DAM Gallery is dedicated to Digital Art. The gallery emerged from the Digital Art Museum (DAM), a virtual museum and archive devoted to the documentation and mediation of this special, avant-garde art form. DAM Gallery functions as an economical expansion of the scientific orientation of the Digital Art Museum and its objective is to establish digital art as an art form and assert it’s position on the art market. The DAM Digital Art Award was created to honor important pioneers. Together, these three pillars form DAM Projects GmbH in Berlin.
The artistic positions of DAM Gallery span the full range of algorithmic, programmed art,
ranging from the pioneers with their self-programmed, computer-generated plotter drawings, to the first net artists during the early days of the internet and today’s offspring of digital natives with interactive virtual art. Conceptually, the main interest of the gallery work lays upon the effects of computers and digital media on culture and society.
Ever since its invention, the computer has increasingly influenced the course of events and most areas of life. Like hardly anything else it represents the present time, the early days of the digital era. Art mirrors the times and makes the compatibility of art and digital media an imperative.
Digital Art moves freely between art, science and technology. On the semiotic, informatic basis of algorithms, digital art displays a highly diverse expressiveness. Programming an algorithm means to firstly rationalise a complex, abstract concept and subsequently code in a stringent, systematical way. A computer-generated artwork is somewhat written in an encrypted language being made visually decipherable again through the image, and thereby acquiring new artistic-conceptual levels of meaning.
The past, present and future of Digital Art are equally central to DAM Gallery. It presents historical exhibitions portraying the beginnings of this art form, puts contemporary positions into context and also enables visionary experiments. Between the historical foundations and pioneering progresses, DAM Gallery identifies and conveys positions in digital art that are of sustainable art-historical value.
Wolf Lieser is the founder and director of DAM Projects. After several years of working as a freelance art consultant and gallerist in Wiesbaden, he launched the Digital Art Museum [DAM] as an exclusive online museum in 1998, which was a revolutionary innovation at the time, developing it in collaboration with London Metropolitan University. At the same time Wolf Lieser ran Colville Place Gallery alongside Keith Watson, the first gallery with focus on Digital Art. In 2003, DAM Gallery was founded in Berlin, followed by the DAM Digital Art Award in 2005. Since 2006 DAM Gallery cooperates with Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, where Digital Art is presented on a public videoscreen in the patio several times a day. In 2009 Wolf Lieser published the standard work Digital Art by h.f.ullman publishers that has since been translated into six languages. Between 2010-2012 he operated a second gallery location in Cologne, then another one in Frankfurt am Main from 2013-2014. Wolf Lieser frequently gives lectures on digital art at symposiums of renowned institutions, including Sorbonne in Paris, Kunsthalle Bremen, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and University of the Arts, Berlin, as well as festivals and conferences around the world.
Gallery Director: Wolf Lieser
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