Quayola: Asymmetric Archaeology

Quayola’s first comprehensive exhibition in Asia, which is atArt Space at Paradise City, Incheon, Korea until 24 February 2019, reimagines the past and rediscovers nature through the perspectives of machine. The past is revisited in relationship with the present and future – exploring asymmetry – that completely excludes humans’ subjective views and leaves machine processed objective ideas. Through these processes, classical art forms such as Hellenistic sculptures, old master paintings, and Baroque architecture are detached from iconographical semantics of the past to be regenerated into digital abstract works. In addition, familiar visual tropes of nature are transformed into a new artificial landscape engendered by machinery.

The exhibition, curated by Doo Eun Choi, consists of six sections with multi-genre artworks, including about 50 pieces of digital print, video, sculpture, and robotic installation. The breadth of the exhibit presents major works of Quayola not only inside Art Space, but also extends into the Art Garden with large-scale projection mapping and 3 channel-screenings at the Art Plaza.

Quayola, Pleasant Places

Iconographies, Strata, and Sculpture Factory are projects that analyse classical paintings, sculptures, and architecture through complicated computer algorithms, recreating contemporary abstract works by severing religious and mythical scenes of the past.

Quayola, Strata

Remains, Jardins d’Été and Pleasant Places are his ongoing projects that reexamine familiar visual languages of nature and traditional compositions of landscape paintings. Through complicated digital rendering, new digital landscapes emerge from actual natural landscapes that are captured in high resolution by high-precision laser scanners and cameras. Diverse motifs come in to play for each work by recreating a new visual literacy; Remains observes the En plein air in the late 19th century; Jardins d’Été co-opts imagery from the French impressionism of Claude Monet; and Pleasant Places evokes the 17th century Dutch landscape paintings, which are considered to be the origin of landscape paintings. Ultimately, the works become hybrid landscapes – neither real nor virtual – transcending the boundaries of the figurative and abstract domains.

The exhibition is powered by Niio

“It’s quite an amazing system for preserving, managing and distributing digital video editions. My gallerist and I are using Niio for transferring limited editions to buyers and to museums for exhibitions.” Quayola, new media artists, represented by bitform gallery, NY

Niio is  the premium discovery, display and management platform for new media art, embraced by leading artists, galleries, museums, curators, collectors and arts organisations from around the world, who are using Niio’s proprietary technology tools to securely safeguard, showcase, transfer, monetise and display thousands of their high-quality works on any type of “digital canvas.

About Paradise Art Space

Paradise Art Space recently opened with works by world-class artists from East and West including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Kim Ho Deuk, and Lee Bae. Meet the past, present and future of contemporary art from all around the world at this exhibition directed by director Chung, Goo-ho.Paradise City’s art exhibition gallery showcasing a new level of cultural experience and works from wide-ranging genres by prominent Korean and global artists.

Niio at NADA Art Fair with AES+F

Niio Powers Events 

This winter ’17, NYC’s TRANSFER Gallery selected Niio to power its presentation of AES+F’s newest work ‘Inverso Mundus’ (The World Is Upside Down).  AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Together with our hardware partner, Barco Residential, who generously provided one of its top of the line professional 4k projectors, the work was displayed 16ft x 10ft using Niio’s ArtPlayer and Remote Control App.  The booth drew huge crowds and garnered widespread praise:


“At any given moment during the VIP preview, it was literally overflowing with people craning their necks to catch a glimpse of AES+Fs 38-minute video, projected wall to wall.”Artspace 

“Stunning video installation.”Artsy

“Crowds were squeezing into the booth to watch.”ArtNews

“Every time I walked by the booth, the viewing area was filled with fairgoers, frozen by the epic tableaux.”Hyperallergic

“A true highlight of the fair.”ArtFCity





“Crowds were squeezing into the booth to watch.”ArtNews

“Every time I walked by the booth, the viewing area was filled with fairgoers, frozen by the epic tableaux.”Hyperallergic

“A true highlight of the fair.”ArtFCity

Niio at Art Helsinki Art Fair


Brand New Moving Image Program

This Fall, ArtHelsinki in collaboration with Moving Image co-founders and directors Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman, launched a special video and film program. Galleries were invited to submit up to 3 “moving image” works with those selected presented at the fair (Sept. 7-11, 2016).

We were thrilled to have been selected by Moving Image’s Winkleman and Orozobekov as the platform of choice for supporting open call submissions and for powering the moving image portion of the ArtHelsinki fair.  Learn more about how Niio supported this entire process.


Professional Tools: The Submission Process

Cobbled Together Solution
Supporting an open call for for moving image artwork comes with many challenges.  Immense file sizes and multiple rich formats make open calls challenging for curators. Often times, they receive works in many different ways (USB, Gmail, Dropbox, FTP site) making the management and review of submissions a very time consuming, non-centralized process.

Using Niio’s ArtConsole, the Moving Image team was able to easily plan and organize the show which featured a synchronized 90-minute video installation across 3 screens.

New Work Flow
Niio supports all rich file formats (4K to VR) up to 250GB thus enabling all participant to submit to a single platform enabling curators and event organizers to manage submissions from one single location.  In addition, when ready they can view the submission as intended by the artist in the highest possible quality, thanks to Niio’s 4K/60fps player.  Gone are the days of watching low res, compressed previews on non-intended platforms such as youtube or vimeo.


Professional Tools: Powering the Fair

New Work Flow For Display
With all of the artwork submissions neatly organized in their Niio account, the Moving Image team was able to easily plan and organize the show which featured a synchronized 90-minute video installation across 3 screens.

The Moving Image team opted to use our Niio ArtConsole (4k/60fps player) which they plugged directly into their 3 projectors. With the works pre-downloaded to the Niio ArtConsoles, they didn’t require Wifi for display.   During the show, the Moving Image team was able to control the manage the show via their Niio Remote Apps.