2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival

January 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Tenth anniversary Festival features increased focus on art in cyberspace

cyberartsfest_rgbBoston, MA – Exhibitions and performances by artists who use computer technology as an integral part of their work are once again on display at the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival, taking place April 24-May 10, 2009. The Festival, a collaboration of visual and performing artists, cultural organizations, educators, and high-technology professionals, takes place at museums, galleries, theatres, schools, and public spaces in and around the Boston area, and online at www.bostoncyberarts.org.

The first Boston Cyberarts Festival took place ten years ago, in 1999, and since that time the biennial event has become an eagerly-anticipated part of the Boston-area arts and technology scene. George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts, noted: “The Boston area has been a center of art and technology for decades, since the pioneering work done by institutions like WGBH, Polaroid, and the MIT Media Lab. We’re proud that for the past decade we have been able to shine a spotlight on both the rich history of art and technology, and on the visions for the future.”

One of the key features of this year’s Festival is an increased emphasis on art in cyberspace.  Among the events and exhibitions that can be enjoyed on the web are:

* Second Life:  Boston Cyberarts is planning an array of projects in the virtual environment of Second Life. These exhibitions include, Cyberart South initiated by Lily & Honglei (杨熙瑛,李宏磊)on view in the gallery at U. Mass Dartmouth,  and Second Life art  in counterpArt Gallery, Lowell, MA.

* Loops: A Dance & Technology Project:  Artists will be repurposing and reinterpreting Merce Cunningham’s “Loops,” using open-source software created from the motion-capture of the Cunningham work.  The results will be available to view online, in exhibition at the MIT Museum, and in a live performance.

* HyperArtSpace Gallery:  Boston Cyberarts’ own online gallery will be the site of a series of curated exhibitions of web-based artwork.

A rich array of events and exhibitions in many art forms are also on tap for the 2009 Festival. [read more…]

Stimulus Bill Includes $50 Million For the Arts

January 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

Report on New York Times By ROBIN POGREBIN

The House approved $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday as part of its economic stimulus bill. The money is not in the version in the Senate, where it is expected to go to the floor on Monday. “We hope Congress can come to a sensible consensus as the bill is prepared for its final vote,” said Robert L. Lynch, the president and chief executive of Americans for the Arts, a lobbying group. “The arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities, and it is fiscally sound policy to invest in our nation’s arts infrastructure.”

Rose Art Museum to Close, Sell Off Collection

January 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

Reporting from Artforum.com

Rocked by a budget crisis, Brandeis University will close its Rose Art Museum and sell off an eight-thousand-object collection that includes work by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Nam June Paik, report the Boston Globe’s Geoff Edgers and Peter Schworm.

The move shocked local arts leaders and drew harsh criticism from the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries. Rose Art Museum director Michael Rush declined comment, saying he had just learned of the decision. Brandeis is also discussing a range of sweeping proposals to bridge a budget deficit that could be as high as ten million dollars.

“This is not a happy day in the history of Brandeis,” president Jehuda Reinharz said. “The Rose is a jewel. But for the most part, it’s a hidden jewel. It does not have great foot traffic, and most of the great works we have, we are just not able to exhibit. We felt that, at this point given the recession and the financial crisis, we had no choice.” Brandeis said the museum would be closed late this summer. It was founded in 1961; a new wing designed by celebrated architect Graham Gund was added in 2001.

Announcement of the closing came as Rush was searching for a chief curator. A leading expert on video art, he had arrived in 2005 with plans to expand the museum. He also launched a full-scale analysis of the museum’s value by Christie’s. Dennis Nealon, the university’s director of public relations, would not say how much the collection is worth.

Experts on university art collections said the move was unusual, but not unexpected. “Clearly, what’s happening with Brandeis now is that they decided the easiest way is to look around the campus and find things that can be capitalized,” said David Robertson, a Northwestern University professor who is president of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries. “It’s always art that goes first.”

But there is no precedent for selling an art collection of the Rose’s stature. Internationally recognized, the collection is strong in American art of the 1960s and ’70s and includes works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Morris Louis, and Helen Frankenthaler. “I’m in shock,” said Mark Bessire, the recently named director of the Portland Museum of Art. “And this is definitely not the time to be selling paintings, anyway. The market is dropping. I’m just kind of sitting here sweating because I can’t imagine Brandeis would take that step.”

related article from Time –

A Talk With: Michael Rush

Contemporary Chinese art, one financial crisis later

January 28, 2009 § 1 Comment

France 24 reports on how the global financial crisis has affected contemporary Chinese art.

The buoyant market for contemporary Chinese art over the last few years has made millionaires of gallery owners, household names of Chinese artists, and art collectors of many in the country. How is the financial crisis affecting the market?

China’s contemporary art-market bubble has burst. After becoming one of the hottest things in the art world over the last decade, galleries are now struggling to sell pieces, works are failing to reach minimums at auction, and artists are having to rethink their choice of career.

Many had expected a slowdown in the market after years of explosive growth, but the slump currently hitting the global economy has had a much bigger impact than anyone had foreseen.

“I think the biggest change in the Chinese art world has come from the US financial crisis,” said Qin Feng, founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing. “It has been like a tsunami. It has had a major impact on Oriental art and Asian art in general. I know two or three large exhibitions which have had to be postponed, and I have also had to postpone showings.”

Businesses in Beijing’s art quarter, Dashanzi, are all too aware of the effects of the financial crisis. The area, which helped launch the careers of many of China’s famous contemporary artists, has seen 50 galleries close in the last three months alone.

Despite the current turmoil, many believe the market will emerge from this glut stronger than ever.

Chinese contemporary art now accounts for a quarter of the global market, and the boom in recent years has attracted many foreign artists to the country to set up studios.

However, many find the overall quality of China’s artists much lower than they had expected, and many think the financial crisis may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

“I guess it is good for Chinese art, because now a lot of young artists, or people who want to become artists might consider their decision,” said Wolfgang Stiller, a German Artist living in Beijing. “Because before it was kind of a dream thing, to become an artist and make lots of money in a short time, and that will definitely change.”

Even before the financial crisis hit, there was widespread talk of the Chinese art-market bubble bursting. While many people feel that it will recover eventually, things are unlikely to improve until the global economy is back on its feet. Just another case of art imitating life.

Alan Sondheim’s Debris Field

January 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Architecture for a new year

Roxelo Babenco

– shapes matter less than the comfort that coheres within them.
– outside assume vagaries and opposition.
– architectures as transitional objects.
– living within the teddy-bear.
– in the Second Life installation: dynamic micro-architectures of
– deconstruction and enclosure.
– no entrances, no exits: one appears, disappears.
– what constitutes coming and going are virtual particles = people.
– virtual to the extent that one passes through doors and walls:
one passes through flats, nodes, and textures. nothing is comfortable when the transitional turns on you.
– Second Life = transitional object = preparation for virtual life.
– real life = virtual life; body = inscription; wryting = body;
– uncanny = inscription; world = word; word = idiotic.
– micro-architectures of the visible: setting up the camera image just so: harboring time of day, weather, height, distance from avatar or avatar viewpoint, location beneath the ground or water surface or clothing, location in collusion with sheave-skin,
moment of capture = arrangement of objects in flight.
– micro-architectures within objects in flight: buildings escaped from occupants,
homes escaped from families, dwellings escaped from inhabitants, bodies escaped from inscription.
– bodies escaped from inscription: debris of the body, abjection.
– abjection in micro-architecture: no place to sit, no place to lie: an avatar never lies. no place to sleep: an avatar never sleeps;
no place to declare: an avatar tells the truth.
– coordinates, program, language, protocol, code, alphanumerics,binary oppositions: the truth of anything unforsaken in the saying of it.
– micro-architectures: between code and architecture.

Alan Sondheim aka Alan Dojoji

Alan Sondheim aka Alan Dojoji
Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25, 2009
(10 PM CET – 01 PM SLT)
ARENA EX.IT slurl: (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Experience%20Italy%20NW/128/128/37)

Web
http://www.alansondheim.org
http://sondheim.rupamsunyata.org/

It’s an archaeology of one site by another – an archaeology that constructs something new out of the ruins. It’s not ruins: It’s compressed history. It’s a history of compression, of textures, of objects, of mistakes, of failures, of errors, of misery, of language/sex/body, of avatar sheave-skin. It what happens when an insomniac gets hold of a virtual world.

Press Release: Virtual Art Exhibition in SOHO

January 18, 2009 § 1 Comment

NY ARTS New Media & Net-Art announces the first virtual-world-art exhibition in Broadway Gallery NYC, Virtual Art – visual voices from Second Life, the innovative multimedia presentations created by artists from China and the States. The exhibition is sponsored by World Art Media, and will be on display from February 15 – 28, 2009

Virtual Art

– visual voices from Second Life

Virtual Art Exhibition

Virtual Art Exhibition in Broadway Gallery

"Land of Illusion" - Lily X. Yang

Lily X. Yang – “Land of Illusion”

Honglei Li - "Peacock Flies Southeast"

Honglei Li – “Peacock Flies Southeast”

"Imaging Wall Street" - Will & Craig

Will & Craig – “Imaging Wall Street”

(photograph by John Craig Freeman)

Virtual Art exhibition unveils the latest trend and experiment in the field of new media art – creating contemporary artistic expressions with Second Life, which utilize virtual environments, paintings, animations, videos, and cyberspace performances. The exhibition highlights artistic practice  in Second Life engaging with history and contemporary geo-political realities or utopia, exposing their complicated dynamics. Featured artworks  include Beijing artists Lily & Honglei’s video installation and machinima “Land of Illusion”, American artists John Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer’s interactive installation “Imaging Wall Street.”

Virtual Art @ Broadway Gallery NYC

Virtual Art @ Broadway Gallery NYC

“Land of Illusion” is a visual meditation deeply concerning history, philosophy, Chinese diaspora and current development of China, meanwhile exploring the meaning of virtual online communities in terms of global dialogues regarding cultural root and fantasy of China. “It reflects on globalization’s impact on environment and individual, which often results cultural or personal identity becomes multi-layered, misplaced, or spiritually homeless, while struggling to preserve traditional values.” the two Beijing artists state.

Work on view - Machinima Still

“Land of Illusion” Second Life performance

“Imaging Wall Street” is a place-based virtual reality project that combines mapping, panoramic video, and three-dimensional virtual worlds to document situations where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. The goal of the project is to develop the technologies, the methodology and the content for truly immersive and navigable documentary media, based in real places around the world. In “Imaging Wall Street,” John Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer make their way across Lower Manhattan from the Stock Exchange to the various investment banks and financial service companies which were recently bailed out by the U.S. government collecting peoples stories of loss and home as they go.

"Imaging Wall Street"

“Imaging Wall Street”

The exhibition also serves as part of a net-art platform initiative by NY Arts Magazine, NY Arts New Media & Net-Art, which is designed for promoting new media art, net-art and art in virtual world, particularly in Second Life, and bridging cyberspace and physical spaces for creativity.

Exhibition Participants:

Lily & Honglei, “Land of Illusion” Team (Scott Grant, Kristy Lee, Bill Li, Ry Daniel Shanks, Lily X. Yang)

John Craig Freeman

Will Pappenheimer

Exhibition Dates:

February 15 – 28, 2009

Gallery Hours:

Tues – Sat 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Opening Reception:

Thursday, February 19th, 6 – 8PM

Gallery Location:

Broadway Gallery

473 Broadway, 7th Floor

tel. 212-274-8993

http://www.broadwaygallerynyc.com

Find more exhibition pictures on Broadway Gallery facebook.

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