Physicist James Maxwell first invoked the intelligent demon for describing an imaginary gatekeeper to the world of the unknown. Since then we have entered a new world of cybernetic systems that simulate conscious function without possessing it. The demonic power suggested by Maxwell to control that which we don't understand still hovers in the possibility of agency-without-subjectivity (ala the Frankenstein effect). By integrating and disrupting both old world animism and new age cyber-scorcery, my works suggest that this metamorphic power is instilled in our entities of simulation and we are no longer in control.
Bradford Kessler is a Brooklyn based artist working in a variety of media. Kessler was born on the high plains of Kansas in 1982. After receiving a BFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas in 2005, he relocated to Asia living in both Tokyo and Beijing where he was a studio assistant to the artist Ai Weiwei. In 2010, Kessler relocated to New York and enrolled in the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design. His work has been exhibited at such venues as Tokyo Big Site; Taipei Film Archive; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; and Electronic Arts Intermix. His collaborations with AA Bronson have shown at Art Basel Miami with Esther Schipper, Berlin; and Anthology Film Archives, New York.