Institute of Southern Contemporary Art (ISCA) imagines a model for contemporary art that pushes certain probabilities towards logical, possible outcomes. As the voice of the automated narrator intones in the video, ISCA is “a grand experiment, part think tank and part experimental program to promote new terms for art production.” ISCA fellows make art that is geared toward maximum market favorability, while a supercomputer captures data on their behavior and creativity, in turn feeding a larger algorithmic system that shapes the production, reception and sale of art.
João Enxuto and Erica Love collaborate on projects about art institutions, labor conditions, and value systems shaped by recent technologies. In 2016 they founded the Institute for Southern Contemporary Art (ISCA), a long-term project to establish an experimental platform to benefit artists and other politically-engaged cultural producers through results derived from machine learning and art market data. Enxuto received an MFA in Photography from RISD and Love holds BAs from Brown University in Economics and Visual Arts and an MFA from UCLA. Together they were fellows at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program for 2012-2013. They have given talks, written essays, and exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum of Art, the New Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Pratt Institute, Yossi Milo Gallery, Carriage Trade, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Enxuto and Love’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, Wired Magazine, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, among others. They have taught at the Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, New York University, City College, and as Ernest G. Welch Fellows at Georgia State University. Most recently they were visiting artists at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College, Maumaus in Lisbon, Portugal and SOMA Summer in Mexico City.