The BarabasiLab, also known as The Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University, has changed the way the world understands networks. For 25 years, under the leadership of Albert-László Barabási, the Lab has been developing the visual vocabulary of complexity based on the team’s pioneering research into a broad range of topics, from protein interactions to success in the art world. Their 2-D visualizations, 3-D data sculptures, and virtual reality environments have made complex scientific concepts approachable and relatable, offering a window into how the many systems that govern our world actually function. From the first simplistic diagrams to today’s elaborate aesthetic creations, the Lab’s visualization work has evolved into an expressive language that creates a new relationship between art and science.
POSTMASTERS GALLERY @ ART FACTORY, 2023
DISTORTIONS is not a singular, all encompassing statement exhibition, but rather a collection of compelling works by artists we collaborate with. Thought provoking, often prescient, and relevant to this moment of technologically assisted creative processes, the artworks in the show represent various approaches to the complexities of contemporary world. Traditionally, artists have altered reality to reveal their own 'truths'. Art, as a mirror of the world, has always operated via distortion both literally and metaphorically. With the nonstop development of analog and digital tools in the 20th century, access to new technologies became more democratized. Yet it is always the artists that are on the forefront to adapt the new tools, subvert them, push boundaries, expose biases and limitations of the medium and explore its creative potential.