November 13, 2009 § Leave a comment
Today, on 13 November 2009, VideoChannel Cologne is happy to launch
CologneOFF V – Taboo! Taboo?
5th Cologne Online Film Festival 2009
online starting together with its 2009 festival partners
MICROWAVE – New Media Arts Festival 2009 Hong Kong
13 Nov – 11 Dec 2009
FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal
14 November 2009 – 03 January 2009
Earlier this year, Microwave Hong Kong invited VideoChannel to prepare two
shows of video art for the 2009 festival, resulting two outstanding screening programs as a networked action
“Memory & Identity” – a show which was in September 2009 featured on VideoChannel
contributed by VisualContainer Milan and curated by Giorgio Fideli
celebrating the partnership between VideoChannel and Visual Container –
public screenings between 14 November until 24 November 2009 at I/O (Input/Output) Hong Komg
“Body and Soul – 15:15:15” – a thematic presentation – one of the very rare physical manifestations of
Agricola de Cologne (the encoded artist, chief curator of VideoChannel and director of CologneOFF)
and an original way to launch CologneOFF V in physical space
on 22 November 2009 at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre Lecture Hall –
which was made possible through the generous support by Goethe Institute Hong Kong
For more info, please download the PDF –
The second partner of VideoChannel in 2009 is FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal
representing the framework for the 2nd physical CologneOFF V manifestation
in the two days screenings on 24 amd 25 November 2009.
In December 2009, another CologneOFF manifestation is scheduled in Bristol/UK
and in February 2010 in India.
About Cologne OFF V
Founded in 2006 by VideoChannel in the framework of [NewArtMedia ProjectNetwork]:||cologne,
the experimental platform for art and new media,
CologneOFF is realising in 2009 its 5th festival edition under the topic of “Taboo”.
According to (wikipedia) “A taboo is a strong social prohibition or ban against words, objects, actions, or discussions considered undesirable or offensive to a group, culture, society, or community. Breaking a taboo, considered objectionable, abhorrent or unacceptable by the majority in a community by in engaging in activities or not adhering to local customs usually leads to severe penalties applied by rule of law. Other common reactions by persons breaking taboos result in embarrassment, shame and are commonly considered by others as a sign of rudeness.”
In our Western socities “the taboo” changed its meaning profoundly and does actually not exist anymore as a dogma and an instrument of social and moral ruling, but it is replaced by a kind of individual “taboo” practiced by groups of mind-likes. In this way, people can be confronted with different types of “taboos” depending on the needs of certain social groups. The selected videos refer to this invidualization and take the artistic consequences in most different ways, whereby the digital technology offers many solutions to the artists and the viewer. It is this variety, which makes the festival program so exciting and vivid. It is up to the viewer to search and find his personal definition(s).
CologneOFF V consists of 5 program sections including
–> 50 shortfilms and videos in 3 international programs
–> a feature of 14 German art films/videos and
–> a selection of 14 One Minute Films made by the guest curator Ali Zaidi (London)
and contributed by MOTIROTI London
For more info about the festival and its films, please download the festival catalogue as PDF
On occasion of the CologneOFF V launch,
VideoChannel is releasing online “Feature II” of German Video Art
Including viideos by the German artists/directors participating in CologneOFF V.
After Feature I, presenting the outstanding Cologne based video artist Johanna Reich,
Feature II is offering the diversity of digital video of 15 artist/directors.
Feature III, the next following focus on German video art is planned to be released in
VideoChannel – video project environments
CologneOFF – Cologne Online Film Festival
MICROWAVE – New Media Arts Festival Hong Kong
FONLAD – Digital Art Festival
netMAXX – networked experience
Goethe Institute Hong Kong
MICROWAVE Hong Kong
powered by [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne
the experimental platform for art and new media from Cologne/Germany
March 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
Report from Fourth Arts Block –
Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) & Fourth Arts Block cordially invite you and a guest to an open house…
Let us stimulate you with complimentary wine & food as well as performances of dance, film, music and art on three floors at DMAC. (Why? Because boy do we need it now.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Doors open at 6:45PM
7:15PM Main Theatre – Cocktails & Performance
I.M.D Project from Yin Yue Dance Company
Get Me Out Of Here
Choreographer: Yin Yue
Dancers: Clare Cook, Christina Noel Reaves, Leah Schrager, Yin Yue
Musicians: Jenna Barvitski, Ben Engel, Seth Lieberman, Travis Stewart
Video: Hunter Herrick
7:45PM Emergence (3rd Floor gallery) – Stimulating buffet and Digital +New Media Exhibit
Featuring works by Mirjana Ciric, Jeremy Newman (USA), Neil Ira Needleman(USA), Jonathan Monaghan( USA), Meg Oakley (Australia), Andre Sier (Portugal), Lee Arnold (USA), Lily & Honglei (China/USA), A. Jacob Galle (USA), Jen-Kuang Chang (USA), Peter Prautzsch (Germany), and Shani Peters (USA).
8:30PM Dance Studio B (4th Floor) – Studio Performance TBA
9:00PM Main Theatre – NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Screening
Word on the $treet Comedy Directed by: Nick Barbieri A young latino drug dealer finds himself way over his head. Partying within the New York City nightlife is pushing him over the edge he owes his ruthless boss money that he does not have and corrupt cops are trying to kill him. Crime in the big apple has never been this funny.
DMAC 62 East 4th Street East Village, NYC USA
RSVP required by Monday March 16, 2009 at Noon.
February 24, 2009 § 1 Comment
“@” Exhibition, curated by Ars Virtua
Concurrent with the New Media Caucus panel Space: The New Frontier at the National CAA 2009, “@” is an exhibition that examines space and site. With simultaneous locations in Los Angeles and Second Life (SL), “@”challenges artists to consider place & placelessness from within the context of networked culture. The exhibition space features a floor-to-ceiling projection and a streaming video camera, which serves as the interface between the Real Life (RL) in the gallery and its replication in Second Life. The intent for “@” is to exploit the philosophically rich mirroring between RL and SL, as well as the paradoxical condition of being the observer and observed.
“@” exhibition in LA and SL in 02/09.
9:30PM Thursday February 26
New Media Caucus Reception
A video documenting an intervention performance at Eva and Franco Mattes (http://www.0100101110101101.org) Synthetic Performances exhibition in Second Life on the 4th of April 2008. The aims of the Synthetic Performances were to re-enact historical 20th century performances within virtual environments effectively questioning physicality and being by creating a conflict with performances traditionally perceived role.
12 more miles today – making a total so far of 206 miles on the reenactment of Gandhi’s Salt March to Dandi!
So I came upon a group of wolf people, not sure what to call them, you can see a screenshot of part of the group below. Upon seeing me as Gandhi, one of them quickly changed appearance to a wonderful rendition of President Richard Nixon, (above) complete with the presidential podium attached to his chest (moved with him, literally) – along with the audio presentation of Nixon’s “I’m not a crook” speech. Quite fun – I posed for a picture with him.
On Thursday, December 18th, a week before Christmas, the Double Happiness factory was almost overthrown by virtual anarchists claiming to be affiliated with the virtual pranksters known as Second Front. The hysterical rioters attempted to take over the factory with at least 300 lbs of explosives and bottles of hairspray. Chanting “Happiness, not Double” while the Dead Kennedy’s “Kill the Poor” blasted from their iPhones, the hooligans tried to force our happy Double Happiness workers to unionize. Only a few avatars exploded but in virtuality no one was hurt in the incident and production continued to run smoothly during the joyous, holiday season.
This video analyzes the relationship between time and landscape. Usually we tend to associate the study of time to the study of space in the calculation of speed. This association of terms is useful only if we have to calcolate speed.
In all the other cases is better to use the term landscape.
Time in fact is the human perception of the earth evolution movement and landscape is the physical space covered by a human person.
This study examines in its specific this relation applied to an airport during a one day time covering. The airport has an area of 1000mts squared.
The day last 1440 minutes.
The video shows the results of this relation of time and landscape applied to the chosen field of analysis.
These results find explication in the Korsakoff’s syndrome, a degenerative brain disorder.
“Icarus” was shot in Cartagena, Spain. The city of Cartagena, situated on the Mediterranean coast, has been the site of the rise and fall – and of manifestations of power and disempowerment – for an array of cultures and regimes, among them Roman, Byzantine and Islam, as well as the Episcopalian Church and the Spanish Republic. During these times the city served – between long stretches of decay, epidemics, war, destruction and subsequent recuperation …
Since the artists have been living in the States for years in self-exile, their cultural meditations deeply concern history, philosophy, and Chinese diaspora, examine current economic development of China in a context of globalization, meanwhile exploring the meaning of virtual online communities in terms of global dialogues regarding cultural root and fantasy of China. The film functions as multimedia component in Land of Illusion project in Second Life.
The project is an immersive art installation in Second Life, the centerpiece of which is composed of approximately 1000 primitive objects which are coated in moving video accompanied by a densely layered sound effects bed. This complex and dynamic object floats over a landscape which is composed of a grid of interlocking sculpty megaprims…
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.