May 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
- What is the current state of new media art in China?
- What do Chinese new media artists focus on? how do their focuses differentiate from those of western new media artists? and why?
- New media have been widely prevailing and influencing varied aspects of Chinese people’s live. Internet and mobile devices have been forming political and cultural impact on China’s society during the recent years. Does new media art in China reflect those influences? and what roles Chinese new media artists have been playing? and why?
- What is the relationship between “Chinese contemporary art” and “new media art”? is there a division/gap between them or the authors?
- How about the Chinese new media artists working abroad? what influences have they done to China? or what they haven’t done?
- What is the status of China’s new media art organization? what is the finding when comparing with the counterpart in other countries?
- Most importantly, in the contexts of globalized culture and information age, what potential do Chinese new media artist have? are they interacting with the international intellectual communities in a meaningful way? and what challenges are they facing?
We are looking into the development of new media art in China since the earlier period, collecting related information and sorting out the complex clues for possible answers. Meanwhile we emphasize that this research focuses on visual arts and its influence on humanity, examines new media art history of art in context.
January 31, 2009 § Leave a comment
Tenth anniversary Festival features increased focus on art in cyberspace
Boston, 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…]
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
(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.”
“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.
“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.
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.
Lily & Honglei, “Land of Illusion” Team (Scott Grant, Kristy Lee, Bill Li, Ry Daniel Shanks, Lily X. Yang)
John Craig Freeman
February 15 – 28, 2009
Tues – Sat 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, February 19th, 6 – 8PM
473 Broadway, 7th Floor
Find more exhibition pictures on Broadway Gallery facebook.
December 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
Work Description: “Land of Illusion” team is presenting their online performance and installation, Paradise of the Assassins, at ImageRadio 2008 new media festival held in Emergent Art Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands, October 30 – November 2, 2008. Performance, scheduled at November 2nd, 19:00 -22:00 CET, will be on view both in the exhibition and online in Second Life. Participants include new media artists Lily & Honglei, Ry Daniel Shanks, Bill Weaver and members of “Land of Illusion.”
immersing in a fantasy landscape and storytelling. By controlling the avatar of Emperor Qin, in a online virtual space, viewers become confronting with performers taking forms of famous assassins from ancient China. This author/viewer relationship provokes rethinking of the individual identity in historical, social and cultural contexts.
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