Lia | Miguel Carvalhais

Lia, austrian artist, she – one of the early pioneers of Software and Net Art – has been creating digital art, installationd and sound works since 1995. Her Internet works combine various traditions of drawing and painting with the aesthetic of digital images and algorithms. They are characterized by a minimalist quality, and by an affinity with conceptual art. Her works have been ehxibited in various spaces, as the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, at the Florence Biennale 2007, and at the MAXXI, Rome.

Miguel Carvalhais(1974) is a designer and musician. He lives and works in Porto, Portugal, where he teaches at the Design Department of the University of Porto. Since 2000 he collaborates in the @c project, joining forces with Lia in many of their activities. In 2003 he was one of the founders of the Crónica media label, that he has since been running.


Lia | Miguel Carvalhais , LMLB03 director, 2003, ScreenShot (Courtesy degli artisti)

This piece of pure glitch art is the work of two leading software artists who produce selfgenerative art. Here, software is not used as a mere tool but is applied as an artistic language, just like the square used in Kazimir Malevi?’s works is not a geometric plane figure but an abstract work. In this art work, glitch, or unusual and unexpected malfunction, is the aestheticization of digital errors that are specially created by the artists to obtain a visual result and create an unpredictable element. The artists use glitch art to set into motion a process for the reappropriation of error, enabling them to explore the artistic scope of software’s intrinsic properties.