“We used to be responsible for our own typographical mistakes. Now, in a general trend to outsource our mental function to a global prosthetic brain, advanced predictive text software has taken over. “geocentric” becomes “egocentric”, “he’ll” turns to “hell”, “I’ll” to “ill” and “id” to “I’d”, turning any communication into a Freudian slip at the slightest touch or click. People blame Autocorrect for mangling their intentions and for failing to un-mangle them.
“A similar process takes place for an artist in front of his work: an artwork is a major correction. Any creative process involves risks, disruptions or surprises that cancel each other, erase or integrate new meaning. An author corrects his mistakes, autocorrects them and incorporates them into a new reality. The exhibition including is an invitation to meaningful mistakes, to disrupt the expected and the established. Every artwork is a spelling mistake.”
— From the press release for “Autocorrect,” a group exhibition at Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York, July 25-September 12, 2013.
Autocorrect, 2013, installation view, Celeste Fichter and Marco Godinho, Josée Bienvenu Gallery