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The 22 will be on break from June-August. We will be returning with Volume 4 (The Collage Volume) and the blog in September. While we will still continue to accept submissions for the blog, acceptance letters will not be sent out until September. Submissions for Volume 4 are closed. Volume 5 will be announced in September and the submission process for print will re-open at that time.
Thank you and enjoy the summer!
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Legend Tripping at Masters & Pelavin
Reception April 18, 2013; 6-9PM
Masters & Pelavin invites you to join us for a group exhibition with works by Karl Klingbiel, Timothy Paul Myers, Cecilia Vissers, Peter Buechler, Steven Katzman, Norman Mooney, Vincent Valdez, Jeremy Harris, Tara Fracalossi, Jon Rappleye, Julia Randall, Ruth Hardinger, RAE, Cooper Holoweski and Charles Wilkin.
Smashed at Here (Arts Center): Apr 4-6 @ 7pm
Opera on Tap premieres SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story, an absurd opera about drinking booze (and the people who don’t drink booze).
VILLA DELIRIUM @Barbes: April 26th
“Disturbed Songs for Disturbed Times” Villa Delirium combines eerie traditional folk songs of Germany, Ireland and the Balkans with murder ballads of the American South and heir own startling compositions. With Tine Kindermann – Voice, saw and violin; John Kruth – Voice, guitar, mandolin, banjo and flutes; Kenny Margolis – Accordion and keyboards; Steve Bear – Pots, pans and boxes and Doug Wieselman – clarinets and bass harmonica.
Amon Tobin (DJ set) at Le Poisson Rouge
Portia Munson: Reflecting Pool at P.P.O.W
The AIPAD Photo Show
Drink to Me at Porter Contemporary
Hanno Otten ‘Boulevard’at Janet Border, Inc.
“Washington Square” Launch Party
Jim Houser: Search Party at Jonathan Levine
Festival of Conscience, with Performances of “Another Life” and staged readings of “Extreme Whether”
MOCCA Arts Festival 2013
“Art, Sex, and Power: Tattooed Women Today”
Not Your Sunday Funnies
Mark DeMaio: I Walk The Line
Critical Language: A forum on International Art English
Mappathon @Reverse Space
A WORKSHOP WITH RED NOSE STUDIO
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATER in KING EXECUTIONER
F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
Winnie Truong and Kris Knight at Mulherin + Pollard
Legends of Balkan Brass: Kočani Orkestar with Sazet Band
Hans Benda Something on Water: April 18 – May 25, 2013
Miyako Yoshinaga is pleased to announce Something on Water, the fourth solo exhibition of figurative oil paintings by German artist Hans Benda, on view from April18 through May 25, 2013. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Uncharted Waters: Friday April 12th
Uncharted Waters: REVERSE 2013 is the inaugural exhibition of work by members of the REVERSE Artist Community, a select group of artists who feature regularly in its exhibitions and programming. Participating artists include: CHi KA, Melissa F. Clarke, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Brandon Friend & Jason Douglas Griffin, Daria Irincheeva and Aleksey Yudzon
The adventures of alvin sputnik: Deep sea Explorer
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer has been on a remarkable journey, touring worldwide and consistently attracting sold-out crowds, rave reviews and prestigious awards. The “ingenious” (The Guardian UK) one-man micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.
EXTREME WHETHER by Karen Malpede
A new play about the censorship of climate change science.
5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
ALYSON SHOTZ: Fluid State
Zach Harris: Central Park in a No Vex Cave
JOHN DILG AND KARSTEN KREJCAREK AT REGINA REX
Victorious at Aureus Contemporary
Intangible: Carole Pierce
Audiophile: Ava Luna with Lushlife
New York Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory
MAYDAY MAYDAY : A TRUE STORY BY THE MAN WHO FELL
Letha Wilson: Landmarks and Monuments
We are Winning, Don’t Forget: Jean-Gabriel Périot at the MoMA & North American Tour
Andrei Rubley – 60 minutes
The Calm Before the Storm
LIVE from the NYPL: William Gibson
GREEN FESTIVAL, JACOB JAVITS CENTER, NYC
POLIXENI PAPAPETROU: Stories from the Other Side
A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures
HEREart exhibit: A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia): April 23-May 4
Step into a double self-portrait steeped with the iconography of the American Dream in Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s panorama of visual and performative art, A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia).
A Steady Progress of Nothingness / Basim Magdy at Newman Popiashvili
Newman Popiashvili gallery is pleased to present A Steady Progress of Nothingness, the third solo exhibition at the gallery by Egyptian artist Basim Magdy. The artist will present a film, a slide projection and paintings. Magdy’s titles for his works and exhibitions always play on the idea of human achievement through the ages, but hints at the ultimate failure that occurs with each generation. Highlighting this idea in My Father Looks For An Honest City, 2010, Magdy asked his own father to reenact Diogenes of Sinope’s philosophical statement of carrying a lamp in daytime. Diogenes, who was one of the founders of the philosophy of cynicism, was most known by his repeated act of carrying a lamp in daylight supposedly “looking for an honest man.”
OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) @ The Public Theater
April 30-June 2, 2013
Snapshots from an enigmatic fairy-tale in which Suzie, the elusive coquette, brings Samuel to his knees – from where he worships a life he only half understands. OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) is an expressionistic chamber-play that twists emotional heartache into a landscape of continual mental invention, marking the return to theater of a celebrated artist whom The New York Times has dubbed “the Godfather of the American avant-garde.” Presented in association with Ontological-Hysteric Theater.
PEN World Voices: An Evening with McSweeney’s @Joe’s Pub
Join us for a celebration of the art of translation. McSweeney’s contributors will read excerpts from their translations in McSweeney’s Issue 42 –an ambitious experiment which took twelve stories through six phases of translation of a variety of languages, granting each translator a liberal creative license to change the story at will.
The Legend of Apsara Mera
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia comes to BAM with this breathtaking work, featured in the citywide Season of Cambodia festival, with movement constructed by Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi.
THIRTEENTH PEKING OPERA FESTIVAL
Jackie Meier: Razzmatazz at Nancy Margolis Gallery
Kirra Jamison: Still Point
Scrabble for Cheaters
The How I Learned Series Presents:How I Learned I Might Be Obsessed
Kenny Scharf Kolors
Charles Fréger and Tim Hetherington at Yossi Milo Gallery
DOWNTOWN NEW YORK: a group exhibition of artists who live & work in Downtown NYC
THE STORY OF MY PURITY by FRANCESCO PACIFICO
MFA Open Studios
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OUTSIDER ART FAIR 2013
January 31 – February 3, 2013
Founded by Sanford Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair soon became a critical and commercial success and the leading, annual event in the field of Outsider, Self-Taught and Folk Art. Recognized for its maverick spirit, the fair played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community as crowds flocked annually to New York’s Puck Building, the event’s original site during its first 15 years.
Flint and Tinder presents: Loss Machine by Kyle Loven
January 18-Feb 3
Everything is somewhere. Part installation, part image-driven theater, Loss Machine unearths a world of lost items, misplaced thoughts, and fractured journeys all housed within an intricately detailed set. Intimate in scale, this wistful one-man show combines puppets, objects, sound, and original music, in a visual exploration of loss and discovery. In a tower filled with life’s debris, a collection of characters move through an ever-changing apparatus with their shared emotional journey driving the mechanical process forward. Digging through layers of the everyday and the fantastical, the piece examines what is found when all has been lost.
Uptown Showdown: The Past vs The Future
Monday, January 28
You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable? The next installment features Chris Gethard (host of the popularThe Chris Gethard Show), the new head writer for The Colbert Report Opus Moreschi, comedic musician Jessica Delfino, Kurt Metzger (Ugly Americans; Inside Amy Schumer)and Baratunde Thurston, former staff member at The Onionand author of The New York Times bestseller How to Be Black. Hosted by Matthew Love (Time Out New York).
The Design and Illustration Mix
Pratt Institute Manhattan, 144 W 14th St Rm. 213
Wednesday Jan 30th – 7:00-9:00PM
Join us for a panel discussion of design and illustration as we will discuss, teach and explore in sharp clear focus, the vast range of tools, ideas, the creative process and how illustrator/designer approach thier client projects. We will discuss other tactics available to all illustrators, visual designers and other creative professionals. Additionally we will look at trends both positive and negative that influence and impact the graphic arts industry and our futures. We will also ask where the work and jobs might be found today and tomorrow.
Strange Lens: Three Painters
Airplane Under Bushwick
AIRPLANE is pleased to present Strange Lens: Three Painters.
The exhibition features works by Hilary Doyle, Dan Herr and Mike Olin. These artists explore a territory between abstraction and figuration, and who present an idiosyncratic approach to art-making. All three are driven more by a mysterious inner logic than by aesthetic or narrative aims. These works do not ask for the viewer’s admiration, but rather exert their own strange perspective.
Stick Against Stone Orchestra: Get It All Out Album Release
9:30 PM – January 29
Thirty-one years ago, a six-piece band/collective called Stick Against Stone started writing songs in a dirt-floor basement of a row house near the University of Pittsburgh. Like a musical cargo cult fed by the global eclecticism of their local freeform community radio station – WYEP-FM – this “horns and percussion” outfit acquired a taste for afrobeat, punk rock, art funk, free jazz and dub reggae. Beyond the moniker of “no wave” – they wrote surprisingly deep melodic hooks amid swirling, ambitious and funky arrangements. Finding themselves with a devoted local following – but without a proper album to their name – it would be several years and cities later that they eventually broke up and their quirky, soulful songbook was lost to time.
Bark and Scream Series: Frank London / Jeremiah Lockwood’s SONG’S OF ZEBULON
January 31, 2013 8:00 pm
The Klezmatics’ Frank London and Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood have long been trespassing on sacred ground. For this special collaboration, Lockwood & London resurrect the sounds and spirit of the golden age of khazones – Ashkenazic religious singing – and explore the music of Zebulon Kwartin. Both artists are adept at exploring Jewish music and mysticism, bridging tradition and modernity. This new collaboration allows them to explore their mutual obsession with Cantorial music, and is part of the current zeitgeist resurgence of interest in classic Cantorial music.
FROM PROVINCETOWN TO NOW: 100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PRINTS
Jordan Shapiro presents An Evening of Sea Music
Michael Benson: Planet Fall
Mavrothi Kontanis’ MILD MANNERED REBEL
Opening Night! JOHN IRVING
Choi Joonyong + Hong Chulki
Soho Rep: Life and Times: Episodes 1-4
“Cabinet on Trial: A Magazine of No Qualities?”
Bubi Canal Special Moment
Jayson Musson: A True Fiend’s Weight (Closing Reception)
Roger Brown is Deadly Serious! A gallery talk by Robert Cozzolino
The Moth StorySLAM: Comfort
Unnamed Calamity | The Order of Things
Bare! at The P.I.T.
Drafted / the inaugural exhibition
Gestures in Japanese Dance and Mime
Playlist #15: Puppet Playlist Goes To The Movies
Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986
max warsh: BILDER
Kelli Scarr (Karen Dalton Tribute)
Figures work by artist Heather Kelly
The Netflix Plays
Authors & Artists: Portraits by Bonnie Gloris
Addison Groove Famous Aerial and Variety Show
The New Indie Force in Publishing
THE PILO FAMILY CIRCUS
DON CRISTÓBAL, BILLY-CLUB MAN
Abrons Arts Center
For centuries, the puppet Don Cristóbal — the Spanish version of Punch – has charmed audiences with his drunken, lusty billy-club wielding antics. But does he secretly struggle with his role as the Billy-Club Man and long for love and escape? Through experimental puppetry, clowning and live music, Don Cristóbal, Billy-Club Man explores the violent appetites of Cristóbal’s on-stage persona and follows him off-stage to reveal his poetic possibilities. Inspired by two comedic and surreal puppet plays by Federico García Lorca, the piece features shadow, hand, and large figurative puppetry by Erin Orr and evocative original music by Rima Fand.
Nadia Sirota: Baroque
To celebrate the release of her new album, Baroque (Bedroom Community / New Amsterdam), violist Nadia Sirota will perform music from the record, premiering Judd Greenstein’s “In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves” for seven violas. Sirota’s unique interpretive voice has served as muse to some of the most widely respected composers of her generation, and Baroque features works written for Sirota by Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Shara Worden. This album is the follow-up to Sirota’s debut, First Things First, which was a New York Times 2009 record of the year.
Daedelus , Salva , Ryan Hemsworth , and Samo Sound Boy
Le Possion Rouge
Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook.
Jack Smith – Wait For Me At The Bottom Of The Pool
Lauren Henkin Lecture - RSVP Now!
HOW & NOSM Late Confessions
PaperSwan Presents: A night of music at The Jalopy Theatre
ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, A Benefit for the Lower Eastside Girls Club
CEG & Nolafunk present: 7th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball
GEORGE SAUNDERS & DICK CAVETT
THE PUBLIC PRIVATE
Kenseth Armstead: INFERNO
Star Talk Live! with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman plus Special Guests
NYC 1993: EXPERIMENTAL JET SET, TRASH AND NO STAR
Firehouse New Music Series hosted by Iktus Percussion: Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Iktus and New Morse Code
ROBOT THEATER PROJECT
New York City Opera’s The Turn of the Screw
How to Make Jewelry with Tatty Devine
“Up the Creek” with Mitch Waxman
‘New Shorts’ featuring Hotel Elefant
Exploring the Glamorous Afterlife in Woodlawn Cemetery
Jefferson Market Library, Collection & Clock Tower
The Poetry Brothel’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
The Vangeline Theater – SPECTRAL
Jake La Botz/Salt Cracker Crazies
CHARLES ATLAS & MERCE CUNNINGHAM: EXCHANGE
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By David Moody
Lord, forgive all my foxiness. Remember us humans, us cruising
to nightclubs and not braking to dead stop, us stepping—
no hand rail—in black pumps and boot-cuts up to the slut box
then forgetting to dance. Us keeping secrets. Our leaving no tip.
Sometimes in a good fuck I speak carpentry—spackle and jack
tape, Jesus rib, caulk. I awoke this morning naked as a jay bird. Buzzed,
wearing glasses, I held on to no one but my body pillow, Sacagawea,
keeping her warm. Almost a godsend, God, almost.
I confess I want guidance. Guide me to the country of Charity,
that hard-knuckled woman, her deep ankle boots. Can she have red
hair or is black a must? I imagine her hips as I often do hips—chisels
and axes that hack at a crowd thralled to some DJ.
This woman shapes through body’s rhythm her own thrumming
god. Fox beast, incisors, torso warped thing. Its own twisted shape a way
of confessing. To choke without a throat, slowly, on praise.
From what is this thing we have gnawed happiness? How
has it tasted all of our lives? God of Smudged Chins. God of
Half-Virgins. We wedge fingernails into the gaps between backboard screws
and corner beams. With a wonderful quickness we know bed as world.
God, what I’m saying is that I suspect heaven
was planned with a right hand drawing blueprints on napkins,
the left hand still-buried in some idle fur.
Forgive me but nightclubs are like your mouth, like my bedroom
with its ceiling too low. The off-kilter whir of fan blades replace
any belief in collar-starch morals. Forgive the room’s stucco.
Forgive the drunk nothings this tile floor revibes. No,
nothing’s wrong with yesterday’s meats. Sometimes, though, I am
little more than gaps found between words—good and then
morning. A click-click that lingers. I cannot tell if its high heels or teeth.
If I am flea, Lord, and not a fox, I insist one thing: you must bite, hard.
David Antonio Moody writes out of Tallahassee where he pursues a PhD in poetics at FSU. Former poetry editor for SawPalm and Juked, David is production editor of Cortland Review and Southeast Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sweet, Eleven Eleven and Spillway.
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Very excited to announce that Brandon McLean, the amazing author of the recent book “Peyote Poems” will be joining us for Volume 4 of The 22! We are thrilled to have him and will be announcing all the stunning contributors at the end of this month! In the meantime you can pick up the full spectrum of his series in his recent release of the same name. His wonderful collage ability is something to behold. I suggest you pick up a copy now before they sell out!
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Just a reminder, The 22 will be on vacation from Dec 19th-29th. Weekly listings will return around Jan 1st, and submissions are due for the collage volume by Jan 30th, (though we highly recommend getting them in during these 2 weeks.) Have a safe and Happy Holipocalypse!
The Bark and Scream Series: Eli Keszler: Percussion and Ashley Paul: Alto Sax
THE FIREHOUSE SPACE
December 13, 2012 8:00 pm
Where (we) Live
Paula Greif, ceramics (Dec 19)
Marsha Trattner, blacksmith (Dec 20)
Riccardo Vecchio, painter (Dec 21)
Victoria Valencia, woodworker/furniture-maker (Dec 22)
Masters at crafting alluring sonic landscapes from the most unlikely found objects, Brooklyn-based quartet Sō Percussion explores the idea of home with a bold experiment in collaborative art-making. Directed by three-time Obie Award winner Ain Gordon (Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell), Where (we) Live invites artistic colleagues working in different mediums to participate as both co-collaborator and muse in Sō’s creative process and performance: Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, Knights on Earth) writes poignant, personal songs; Martin Schmidt’s videos show the quirky and unnoticed beauty in our homes; and Emily Johnson delivers secret instructions to the performers onstage. Each evening will also feature a special guest artist (listed below). To these and other contributions, Sō adds an astounding range of composed and improvised sounds, inspired by the physical and symbolic places we live.
JOHN HODGMAN: THAT IS ALL
Friday, Dec 21, 2012
The Bell House
Not even John Hodgman, the Daily Show’s resident expert, knows for sure. But he is keeping John Cusack prisoner in his home, just in case. And on December 21, he will perform what is likely to be the last night of comedy entertainment ever.
Thursday, December 13, 6 – 8 pm
Higher Pictures presents the first solo exhibition by Letha Wilson. Wilson uses photography as a material medium combining photographic images of nature, prints, paint, concrete and wood in a dimensional manner to examine the made world.My artwork uses images I have photographed in the natural landscape as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation. The work creates relationships between architecture and nature, the gallery space and the American wilderness. In the photo-based sculptures the ability for a photograph to transport the viewer is both called upon, and questioned; sculptural intervention attempts to compensate for the photographʼs failure to encompass the physical site it represents. Landscape photography as a genre is approached with equal parts reverence and skepticism.
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By Cat Gilbert
The inaugural LISA 2012 (Leaders in Software and Art) brought together a mix of students, professionals and artists at the Guggenheim this past October to discuss the opportunities and the pitfalls within the realm of software and electronic art. A one day conference that was packed to the gills that founder Isabel Walcott Draves, admitted “next year, we’re going to hold a 2 day conference.” Keynotes were given by Laurie Anderson and Scott Snibbe (creator of Bjork’s Biophila.)
The morning started with an introduction from Draves and the first panel “Collecting New Media Art” which mostly focused on galleries supporting new media artists. While there were interesting and valid variations on what artists sell in this genre, many of the gallery owners admitted collecting and selling new media art is difficult and often molded back into forms of traditional consumer engagement: limited run prints, books, videos etc. They also noted the unique problem of deprecation and works being unviewable once a technology becomes obsolete.
Following was a keynote from Laurie Anderson, whose credentials include NASA’s first (and last) artist-in-residence and well-known musical/artistic innovator. Laurie is an endearing speaker, talented technological artist, and her ability to “break-down” what is sometimes a complex art form is at the heart of why she was keynote at this conference. In speaking about her 2005 World Expo project “Hidden inside Mountains” Laurie zooms through slides, joking about her “hellish” interpretation of the landscape. She also made some mention of her conflict with encouraging young artists at college commencement speeches, in the face of increasingly tough economic conditions for artists.
After Laurie’s speech came the first round of lighting talks. Some of the most interesting insights and projects came from Martin Wittenburg, Philip Stearns, Sophie Kahn, Tristan Perich, Eric Sanner, Claudia Hart, and Jake Barton. Each had a unique perspective on how to utilize technology whether it be through sight, sound, or even emotional response. Some notable pieces include Perich’s well-known compositions using one bit sounds to distort our “reality” of hearing, (see Interval Studies) and Claudia Hart’s avatars plunge into the aspects of the uncanny valley and the idea of “reanimation” and “capture” that is at once both disturbing and fascinating.
Following the first round of lighting talks, the 2nd keynote address was given by Scott Snibbe. Known as the creator of Bjorks’ interactive album Biophila and currently at work on an app for Philip Glass’s music, Snibbe’s speech was interesting not only in the demonstration of the projects themselves, but in his tough questions about distributing new media art. Snibbe concedes that apps pose the problem of being somewhat gimmicky and proposed creating new, smarter, more complete apps, and perhaps less of them. Certainly that coming out of the mouth of someone who has made a career creating apps must be taken with a grain of salt, but for that same reason, taken seriously. Biophilia is the work of someone with a great love and understanding of the inner working of virtual space.
The 2nd panel of the day focused on creative coding tool kits. Moderator Golan Levin begin with a “builder” apropos quote attributed to Abraham Maslow “To a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail…” In general, the discussion focused mostly on displays of what the programs can do as well as the community usage of the programs. The evolution of programs like MAX from Toni Dove to Luke Dubois’ “Hindsight is Always 20/20” is fascinating. Andrew Bell’s commentary on CINDER was also intriguing not only due to the intricacies of the program itself but also due to CINDER being mostly used for advertising purposes. With a palpable sense of duality Bell spoke of the potential but also the limitations to the mass public in comparison to Zach Liberman’s encouragement of something like Open Frameworks being all about community participation.
Following was the 2nd round of lighting talks which typically included more physically manifested ideas. There were notable talks from Kenji Williams, Golan Levin, Mark Shepard as well as Ann Spalter, Karolina Sobecka, Mary Huang, and Kurt Ralskie. The panel was interesting juxtaposition for later questions of how software and media art is producible and profitable within a consumer art world (a question that arose more specifically in the 1st panel “Collecting New Media Art” and most prominently in the last panel “Software Art and Art Establishment.”) Golan Levin, and Huang focused on, among other things, creating clothing and “spare parts” out of 3D printers, while musician Kenji Williams played a brief piece from his (hopefully) Broadway bound work, Bella Gaia, a love letter to the Earth, with a timely focus on the effects of climate change.
The 3rd Panel (Crowdsourced and New Media Art) included Scott Draves (creator of The Electric Sheep), Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos (Daily Tous Les Jours), Jason Eppink (MOTMI) and Fernanda Viegas. Eppink’s projects focused on social trends and engagement from the physical to the screen, including meme based projects and the reanimator lab. Daily Tous Les Jours’ engagement in crowd participation (see swings) through physical manifestation of technology initiated the question, is crowd sourcing for the “crowd” or about the “crowd?” Other main points included, monitoring trolling and software hacks on crowd sourced work, as well as the authenticity of data collected in crowd sourcing. Viegas’ collaborative project with Martin Wittenberg, Wind Map (left) was also seen this last week in lieu of Sandy and displayed effectively how aggregation can be put to use.
“Media Art and the Art Establishment” was the final event of the day and palpably the most anticipated. Panel members included Amanda McDonald Crowley, Christiane Paul, Barbara London, Marius Watz, with painter with critic Ken Johnson as moderator. Discussion focused on s/e artists struggle for acceptance and placement in an community that sometimes lacks resources to provide the proper staff, technology, and in rare cases, understanding of the work itself. Interesting points included, how shows are curated for anthologies and books. There was a larger discussion about documentation of new media shows and panelist, Marius Watz, lobbied for his show (Electra-Oslo, 96′) as a forgotten precursor to many of the larger scale media shows curated today. In contrast to this debate, one main point that unfortunately was not addressed was media art in relation to public accessibility By nature there is some exclusion to those without access to certain tools. That being said, it would be wrong to shame this area of the art world for exclusion, as digital art has really only become viably “popular” within the last decade or so and is still evolving and working towards end goals of inclusion for all, or sometimes inclusion at all. More and more efforts are made for public dissemination within schools and it was good to see LISA offer scholarships to students to attend. It would be amazing to see future conferences offered in conjunction with public interactions and displays with the art. Both things that would raise public awareness of and increase understanding of this art form. As this was the first LISA conference the wealth of successful new media artists, information, and discussion it delivered was truly satisfying. The talent and minds going into creating digital terrains and interactions is every bit as captivating as the strokes of a master painter, or the strikes of a master sculptor. Beyond that, there lie dimensions with media art, that are able to document and rethink the world unlike any other art form and if it is explained to and engages both artist and audience without exclusion, the possibilities for creation are endless.
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