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Computer sigillati (Sealed Computers), courtesy CACTicino Center of Contemporary Art, Bellinzona, Switzerland, 2003. (Photo Thomas Banfi)

Programmed Machines. Post-screen works: Computer sigillati/Sealed Computers (1992-)

“Le installazioni di  Computer sigillati erano come 'officine metafisiche', ambienti-processo con centinaia di macchine programmate per generare flussi di immagini inesauribili e lasciate funzionare senza schermo.......

“Il desiderio di creare immagini immense ricorre nella storia dell'arte, ma è irrealizzabile nel tempo di cui dispone l'artista: in queste installazioni
l'azione artistica è delegata al tempo infinito della macchina......

Centinaia di computer programmati  per generare flussi inesauribili di immagini casuali e lasciati funzionare all'infinito (serie IMs, Naa, Atlas2). Dal 1992 alcune macchine sono state "sigillate" (serie Computer sigillati): 
le immagini vengono generate ininterrottamente ma senza poter diventare oggetti fisici.
Hundreds of computers were programmed to generate flows of continuously expanding random images and left to run ad infinitum
(IMs Naa, and Atlas2 series ). From 1992 some of these machines were "sealed" (Sealed Computers) in such a way that images are continuously generated but they are prevented from becoming physical objects.

Sealed Computers, Atelier de la Lanterne, Nice, France, 1997. These installations use computer codes to create endless flows of random images that nobody would see: images are continuously generated but they are prevented from becoming a physical artwork.

In 1988 Maurizio Bolognini began using computers to generate a flow of continuously expanding random images (Programmed Machines/IMachines). In the 1990s, hundreds of computers have been programmed and left to run ad infinitum. In 1992 he also began to "seal" his machines (Sealed Computers) by closing up the monitor buses in such a way that they continued to produce images that no one would ever see.

"The project series Sealed Computers by Maurizio Bolognini points us to what might form the most significant line of force in the field of software-based art......
Andreas Broeckmann

"Bolognini's cryptic universe is silent and inaccessible as a galaxy. Generating images that would cover a surface area of approximately four square miles a day, the installation could feasibly cover every inch of the world." 
Lily Faust (NY Arts Magazine)

"The complete inaccessibility of the vast quantity of visual imagery created by the work references a technological sublimity of the void beneath the digital world....."
Benjamin Garfield (The Cyborg Subject)
"I do not consider myself an artist who creates certain images, and I am not merely a conceptual artist. I am one whose machines have actually traced more lines than anyone else, covering boundless surfaces. I am not interested in the quality of the images produced by my installations but rather in their flow, their limitlessness in space and time, and the possibility of creating parallel universes of information made up of kilometres of images and infinite trajectories. My installations serve to generate out-of-control infinities......" (MB)

Morra, Napoli, 2002

Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Roma, 2003

Maurizio Bolognini
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York, 2003


Sealed series (1992-)

Museo di Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, 2003

Roger Smith Lab, New York, 2006

Atelier de la Lanterne, Nice, France, 1997

Maurizio Bolognini
Institut Culturel Italien, Maison de l'Italie, Paris, 1998

Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Roma, 2005

PAN-Palazzo delle Arti, Napoli, 2005

Neon, Bologna, 1998

Cacticino Center of Contemporary Art, Switzerland, 2000
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Ferrara, 1999

 Museo di Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, 2005