Macintosh Lab is a series of graphical user interface based works which are created through the only use of the features, tools and keyboard shortcuts provided by Macintosh's operative system and other softwares by appropriating these tools to generate and animate compositions halfway between minimalism, conceptual art and geometric abstraction.
Macintosh Lab series explores the idea of the computer desktop as current workplace, where the development and process of every performance happens until they are captured through screen video capture or screenshots — Part of the Rhizome Artbase Selection.
"The controlled patterns and hard-edges of Emilio's digital choreographies evoke the Minimalist and Conceptual art tendency to reject signs of the author’s hand. Yet we also watch as his cursor fleets across the screen, selecting folders and clicking commands. By sharing his methods to creating mechanical-madness, much like techy ‘How To’ YouTube tutorials, his videos equally embody the ideals of digital democratization and collective intelligence. In this unique combination of everyday and elite aesthetics, emilio.jp reframes our functional desktops as the expansive canvas for expressive and conceptual possibilities: his artistic hand reveals the performative nature of computerised commands and the latent formal beauty within our taken-for-granted digital tools." - Josephine Skinner