Among the first artists in his generation to employ digital software in the creation of art objects, New York–based artist Craig Kalpakjian (b. 1961) focuses on the seduction of technology and digital space from a critical position, questioning utopian ideals and suggesting darker implications. Intelligence, Kalpakjian’s new publication, presents a work featured in his solo exhibition Black Box at the Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, 2002), which was expanded upon for an exhibition at Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2013). The work was comprised of an isolated Sony AIBO robotic dog inside a constructed minimalist box. Throughout the exhibition, the robot dog took photos of its environment, which were hung on the wall beside the box. Featured in the book are images produced during the exhibition, as well as a section that juxtaposes excerpts from the AIBO user’s guide with those from the US military’s interrogation manual. Contributions by Gilles Deleuze, Bob Nickas, and Paul Wombell.
8 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 96 pp / 10 b&w and 42 color
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KAI MATSUMIYA, NEW YORK