Sentient Electronics


Curated by  Syntax Projects

Sentient Electronics

Curated by Syntax Projects

117 Beekman Street

October 5th - November 30th, 2019

Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm

Sentient Electronics explores some of the ways artists are responding to the rise of personified machines and artificial intelligence.  Reflecting the psychology of our digital hybrid lives, Jim D'Amato's dense abstractions withhold any obvious pictorial illusions or representations and instead a nexus of intricate biomorphic forms converge and allude to spaces that could exist in the natural world, or in the mind.  Taezoo Park's “DIGITAL BEING” is a series of the new and old media artworks created from abandoned technologies based on the hypothetical existence of an unknown creature (A.I.) born within the circuits of technological garbage. Lee Wells' portraits of Sophia (A.I.), and Roomba hackbots delve into the world of machine learning, surveillance voyeurism, and AI anxiety. Justin Wood's mixed media installation responds to the rise of robot priests and looks at the future of religion through the lens of emerging technologies. Through paintings, video sculpture, and interactive installations, Sentient Electronics aims to capture a moment of time where artists are engaging the prospect of humans losing the intellectual dominance of our world  



Jim D’Amato is an American artist based in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, alternative spaces, and museum stores. Jim attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, and studied with Jack Whitten, Marilyn Minter, and Mary Heilmann, among others. He has been included in group exhibitions with Richard Serra, KAWS, H.R. Giger, and more. His work is available in the Pierogi Gallery Flat Files in New York. It is also available at museum stores and art institutions through Art-o-Mat, a unique organization helping make art accessible to the public.



Taezoo Park has been making artwork out of abandoned technology combined with digital media to bring to life a hypothetical creature from inside machines. He calls this new life “Digital Being". He has been working on finding and depicting these inherent creature of digital technology as a new media artist in New York City for the past 10 years. 

Additionally, to find out the new direction of developing technology, he had been researching with social scientists of the department of information science in Cornell University from 2013 to 2015. To see the reality of e-waste matters, he, as a residency artist, worked in Gowanus E-waste Warehouse, which is owned by LES Ecology Center from 2014 to 2015. To find a proper way to maintain electric/electronic artworks, he, as one of technicians, has been helping to restore Nam June Paik’s video artworks in New York City from 2015 until now.

His work has been featured at ABC news, BBC news, ACM Interactions, Open Journal System: Continent, ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, Gizmodo, SciArt, World Maker Faire, CHI(Computer-Human Interaction), SPRING/BREAK Art Show, BRIC Arts Media, Moniker Art Fair, Contemporary Art Fair NYC, New Museum Ideas City, Governors Island Art Fair, Portal Art Fair at Federal Hall National Memorial, Harvestworks, Ca’ d’Oro Gallery, Clemente Center, ACE Hotel, Cornell University, Pratt DDA Gallery, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Northside Festival, World Trade Gallery, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Barnes & Noble, AFA Gallery and World Trade Center.



Lee Wells is a conceptual artist, independent curator and writer working in Greece, London and New York. His artwork and projects question systems of power and control and have been exhibited internationally, including the 51st Venice Biennale, The Guggenheim Museum, and PS1/MoMA, in addition to numerous festivals, art fairs, and galleries. Wells was most recently invited as an artist and curator for the 1st Mykonos Biennale in Greece and continues to further the dialogue between video and painting to create new ways of thinking.



Justin Wood is a New York City based artist and curator working in the overlap of the digital and physical worlds. His work is built on a conceptual framework derived from the impact of emerging technologies on humankind. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions and he holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY) where he studied painting with Jack Whitten, Michael Goldberg and Joanne Greenbaum. His work was featured recently at ChaShaMa, Wallplay, Spring Break 2018 and Art for Climate Justice, an installation on board the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise. His work has been covered by ArtNews, ArtInfo,, Hyperallergic, Art Nerd, the Miami New Times and The Takeaway (WNYC).  In 2019, through a ChaShaMa residency, Justin launched Syntax Projects as a curatorial and experiential event platform.



Syntax Projects was founded in 2019 by Justin Wood and Erica Ensminger as a curatorial platform focused on showcasing and collaborating with cutting edge emerging artists with a particular focus on New Media, Video Art and Immersive Installations.

@syntaxprojects @Justin Wood  

@jim_damato @digitalbeing @ifacarts


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