About Yranigami

Yranigami Gallery exterior
Yranigami Gallery exterior

Yranigami Gallery interior
Yranigami Gallery interior

The Yranigami Gallery was founded in early 2004 to display revolutionary digital works by artists around the world. Located in the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the gallery draws many artists and visitors from around the Pacific Rim.

The objective of the Yranigami Gallery is to display works that explore the specificity and unique aesthetics of digital media in terms of production, distribution, and exhibition.

Shannon Russell is a curator and digital artist who specializes in blending digital media with live performance. She has exhibited her work in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Hawaii, and Tokyo. Shannon has a B.A. in Art from Oregon State University and a M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago. In addition to her duties as the director of Yranigami, she works as a part-time art instructor at local schools.

"How are we to unite existing interactive computer art with a speculative, philosophical aesthetic? In the age of digital simulacra, a work of art is never safe, never to be trusted, never to be invested, read the new headlines, since a digital piece is always already in the hands of a consumer who is both interpreter and creator. Or should I say re-creator? The original is also a copy, a representation of something that may have never been there. The work of art can be distributed; like airport terminals residing in the no-man's-land between Heimat and foreign matter, digital art is transitional and stochastic in its vigorous and immerse design. It is always in the process of becoming something else - or becoming someone else's. What is the object of digital aesthetics?"

- Bo Kampmann Walther
from Questioning Digital Aesthetics

"What kinds of images would dominate visual culture a number of decades from now? Would they still be similar to the typical image that surrounds us today - photographs that are digitally manipulated and often combined with various graphical elements and type? Or would future images be completely different? Would photographic code fade away in favor of something else?"

- Lev Manovich
from Image After The Matrix

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