Joseph Nechvatal, US

Joseph Nechvatal: Viral castrat
Joseph Nechvatal is a post-conceptual artist and art theoretician who employs digital means to produce paintings and animations. The centrality of his oeuvre acknowledges computer generated viruses as a creative stratagem. To address the merging of the biological and virtual, he coined the term viractual with which he extensively experiments through his work. In his paintings, the computer virus surfaces as the active agent which manipulates and corrupts the information stored in the image (the host) decreasing its integrity. On the other hand, the workings of these viral entities redefine the structure of the host, introducing novelties into the image system.
Therefore their activity can be viewed as a constructive, creative process..