Open Call Artists Selected for Digital Decade London Exhibition

Sedition are delighted to announce the winners of the Digital Decade open call for video artworks. In July, artists working with the moving image were invited to submit their responses to the theme ‘Cyberia’. Artists were asked to respond to the geopolitical, environmental, social changes taking place today in the digital age. They were also asked to reflect on what it will mean in the digital near-future to be a ‘digital native’ born into a world mediated by algorithms.

A total of 85 works were entered into the open call. The judging panel was impressed by the quality of the works submitted overall and choosing the winning works was a challenge. However the list was narrowed down and five artworks were chosen to present their work in the Digital Decade 5, an exhibition organised by DesignCollector Network, from 25-27 August.

Here’s a runthrough of the selected artworks:

Quantum Fluctuations by Markos Kay

 

Turmoil by Joëlle Snaith

 

Of Soil by Yoshi Sodeoka


When Hell Freezes Over by Carla Gannis

 

Aquatint by Overlap


The works will be displayed on the Sedition Frame during Digital Decade 5, which takes place in the Hub at Ugly Duck, Tanner Street, London. Digital Decade 5 will combine works from a range of media including print, video and VR to look to the digital future.
The winning works are also available as digital editions on the Sedition platform.


DOMINION Group Show at New Media Gallery Features Mat Collishaw and Quayola

 

Centrifugal Soul by Mat Collishaw


From 5 August to 1 October New Media Gallery presents a group exhibition whose focus is on electronic and digital artistic approaches to nature. The exhibition, titled DOMINION, takes a questioning look at some of the techniques people have historically and recently used to capture the behaviour of flora, fauna and geological phenomena.

The artworks on display address some of the many questions that arise when digital technology is used to look at nature, comparing digitally rendered structures and movements with those in nature. Each work looks in a different way at how the natural and technological merge and separate.

The artists presenting work are Kathy Hinde, Mat Collishaw, Jim Campbell and Quayola. Collishaw’s Centrifugal Soul is a monumental moving zoetrope which animates without the use of film. The large scale structure is covered with sculpted birds and flowers which ‘come to life’ as the structure spins under stroboscopic light. The work is inspired by the environmental psychology of Geoffrey Miller, who theorises that art originated in the externalisation of animal compulsions to reproduce and to compete.

Quayola’s Natures series is based on the ancient idea of the ‘clinamen’, an uncontrollable, unpredictable swarm, mass or flow of atoms from which life originates. The artist uses generative sound and precise measurements to conduct a study of the properties and behaviour of plants. The Natures series is available as digital editions on Sedition.

 

Natures by Quayola

 

Kathy Hinde’s Piano Migrations sees a piano soundboard suspended in the gallery space. Through a combination of projected shadows and solenoid devices, the artist creates the illusion of a flock of swallows landing on the strings.The instrument takes on ‘natural’ properties in contrast to the artificial flock of birds. Hinde presents an artist talk at the opening reception on 4 August.

In Jim Campbell’s 2010 work Exploded View: Birds, what first appears to be a formless matrix of glittering LED lights becomes, from certain perspectives, comprehensible as a flock of migrating birds. The work plays with the tension between noise and structure, communicating swarms of information through swarms of birds.


DOMINION takes place at New Media Gallery, City of New Westminster, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, Canada, from 5 August until 1 October 2017.

Lumen Prize Longlist Announced

On 27 July, the Lumen Prize announced its 2017 longlist. Each year the prize seeks out and promotes the work of artist who creatively and innovatively engage with digital media. This year’s longlist will become a shortlist on 1 September before the winners are announced on 20 September at The Frontline Club, Paddington, London in the 2017 Lumen Prize Gala. Following the Gala the winning artworks will embark on a global exhibition tour.

Several artists from the Sedition platform have been longlisted this year. We’ve introduced their nominated works; look out for updates on their progress through the competition later this year.

Web-Based Award

AVENUE by Nicolas Sassoon

Based on the architecture of the now-closed AVENUE artist-run space in Vancouver, Nicolas Sassoon’s animated GIF uses monochrome digital moiré animation and pixel patterns to make an isometric depiction of a building. The GIF size exceeds standard screen dimensions, making it necessary for the viewer to scroll through the work. AVENUE considers the representation of temporary spaces hosting cultural events typically undocumented and on the fringe of legality.

View Nicolas Sassoon & Rick Silva’s Signals Collection on Sedition.

Interactive Award

Europa, Mon Amour by Lawrence Lek

Europa, Mon Amour looks at dislocation in the context of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Using the Unity video game engine the work is an open-world simulation of a dystopian near-future London, in particular a post-apocalyptic rendering of the district of Dalston. The VR version of the work uses Oculus Rift DK2 Headset, Xbox 360 Controller. The video game version uses a HD Monitor and Xbox 360 Controller. The work can also be experienced as a video loop.

View Lawrence Lek’s Bonus Levels Collection on Sedition.

Moving-Image Award

Screens of the Future by Universal Everything

Screens of the Future is an ongoing series of short film works which explore potential prototype screen devices based on emerging technologies. The work longlisted for the Lumen Prize is a compilation of the 22 moving image works made so far for the series; a quick succession of possible product demos and an exploration of the increasingly integrated relationship between humans and machines.

View Universal Everything’s Presence Collection on Sedition.

REPERES: Landmarks by Karoline Georges

For REPÈRES (Landmarks) Karoline Georges presents a suite of black and white landscapes from Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin and Hamburg. The artist has made a text-based intervention into each image. The project is inspired by Augmented Reality and land art, and presents the city as poetry, as more-than-real.

View Karoline George’s artwork, Our Profiles Kiss, winner of the 2016 Future Fest Art Prize on Sedition.

Still Image Award

After Faberge by Jonathan Monaghan

 

 

Prints on Hahnemühle photo luster mounted on dibond, 43 in. x 57 in. (framed)



Nominated for the Still Image Award, Jonathan Monaghan’s After Fabergé is a series of five prints (Hahnemühle photo luster mounted on dibond) which combine the iconic Fabergé egg with components from architecture, furniture and computers to produce hybrid forms. The forms are simultaneously commercial products with ambiguous function, valorised without explanation, and uncanny non-living things.

View Jonathan Monaghan’s digital animation Alien Sonata on Sedition.

Artificial Intelligence Award for Digital Art

True False by Onformative

truefalse from marcelschwittlick on Vimeo.
 

Onformative’s installation True False is nominated for the Artificial Intelligence award. The work comprises a grid of discrete entities which shift between true and false, 0 and 1. Each entity is programmed to shift between these two states based on the behaviour of its neighbouring entities. The resulting work allows for the transition between 0 and 1 states to show its nuances, to hint at spaces-in-between. It also invites meditation on the behaviour of artificially intelligent groups of entities. From the two basic states (true or false, on or off, 0 or 1) extremely complex patterns and insights emerge.

View Onformative’s Normae Collection of digital images on Sedition.

Open Call for Video Art for DesignCollector’s ‘Digital Decade’ Exhibition in London

From 25-27 August 2017, design, art and illustration platform DesignCollector Network presents ‘Digital Decade’ an exhibition in London on the theme of ‘Cyberia’. Ahead of the exhibition Sedition has partnered with DesignCollector to run an open call for video artists whose work engages with the digital future.

The exhibition focuses on the future of the ‘digital native’, born into a world in which most daily decisions come into contact with computation. Participating artists address this concept, exploring digital futures in a variety of ways.

The show engages with what a future ‘Cyberia’ – an unknown territory shaped by the ‘digital ethnos’ (the generation of digital people and their value systems) could look like. In doing so it looks at how bodies and infrastructures could change and mingle, in the process asking important questions about what our physicality and ontology could mean when in integrated with the digital.

The works on display are variations of ‘phygital’ forms, different splicings of digital and physical. They incorporate physical and digital art forms including projection mapping, print and VR. They foster a visual dialogue on the changes – geopolitical, environmental, social, interstellar – that digital technology could bring in.

The Digital Decade collaboration and exhibition has taken place annually since 2013 and is curated by Designcollector Network in collaboration with partners. Sedition are the 2017 partner for video art submissions, with an open call for artists running until 31 July 2017 at 11:59 GMT. The chosen artworks, announced in the first week of August, will be shown during the exhibition on the Sedition Frame.

Other partners include Ello, who organised the open call for prints, Luwa and Virtually Mine as the VR equipment partners and Curioos as the retail partner. Digital Decade consists of online Open Calls where selected international artists are featured in the exhibition in London.

The exhibition takes place at Ugly Duck’s location on London’s Tanner Street in Bermondsey, was previously a Victorian tannery, where relics of the past will sit alongside speculations on the future.

Digital Decade: Cyberia takes place at Ugly Duck, Tanner Street, London, UK from 25-27 August 2017. For more info visit: http://digitaldecade.net/

Tracey Emin Launches New Edition To Support Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

On 26 July 2017, Sedition launches a new digital artwork by Tracey Emin. Because of You I’m Here, an animated video work made exclusively for Sedition for display on screens, is launched as part of the 2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala and benefit auction.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) works towards restoring the Earth’s delicate ecosystem, focusing on protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation and climate change.

The 2017 benefit auction is the latest and largest in a series of events hosted by the LDF, where innovators and thought leaders from the environmental, art, film, fashion and other industries come together to raise money and awareness, both of which contribute towards resolving critical ecological issues. Works by internationally acclaimed artists including Yinka Shonibare, Jenny Holzer and a special commission by Lawrence Weiner will be presented in St Tropez and auctioned in an exclusive event on 26 July.

An online auction will also take place, presenting works by established and emerging artists to a global audience. The works presented in the online auction are also on display in an offline exhibition in New York from 3 – 10 August 2017.

Because of You I’m Here is showcased in the online auction and accompanying exhibition as well as being part of a goody bag offered at the LDF VVIP dinner event on 25 July. The work is part of an ongoing series of digital artworks made exclusively for Sedition by Emin which animate neon lettering in the artist’s distinctive handwriting. The work will be available in a limited edition of 250 at $500.

The LDF benefit event will review the progress made and obstacles encountered by the Foundation, drawing attention to current environmental threats and urging visitors to both auctions to contribute to the fight against these threats. Art is an important part of this conversation, bringing nuance, different perspectives and visual appeal to the campaign as well as raising funds through the auction of sought-after works.

For more info visit the 2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction. Follow Tracey Emin on Sedition to receive news of the artwork launch.

The Magnum Home: Pop-Up Exhibition


Sedition is pleased to participate in 
The Magnum Home, a pop-up exhibition presented by Magnum Photos, Plinth and Thames and Hudson that combines radical interior design with photography.

The Magnum Home features the Magnum at 70 collection from Sedition displayed on screens released in celebration of Magnum’s 70th anniversary. The fifteen iconic photographic and video works are made available for sale as gift cards at the show. The collaboration sees two leading digital arts organisations come together to present collections of from Magnum’s archives. The partnership will involve the launch of collections of carefully selected works to be released as limited editions exclusively on www.seditionart.com over the course of 2017, allowing collectors to be able to view and purchase works on their digital devices.

The Magnum Home also features Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture, an exhibition drawn from Magnum Photos’ archives and curated by Ekow Eshun. The exhibition will explore how Magnum photographers have documented youth culture in Britain and internationally from the 1960s to the present day. With an emphasis on some of Magnum’s most contemporary and intriguing work, The Magnum Home will stage photography in a distinctly domestic environment – a listed Georgian townhouse, opposite the British Museum.

Throughout the building, young designer Yinka Ilori will stage his characteristically vibrant interventions; born of passions for interior design and the bold colours of Nigerian prints and textures, his work has spanned furniture making to full-scale installations: Ilori recently redesigned London’s iconic Africa Centre.

A programme of talks and events will be held throughout the exhibition, alongside a range of unique merchandise presented by Plinth including silk scarves, tote bags and resin badges, and monographs, field notebooks, sketchpads and other print materials supplied by Thames and Hudson.

The Magnum Home will be at 44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN, between May 17th and 21st, and open 11am -7pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday. Join us for the private view: 6 – 8pm, 16th May 2017. RSVP to attend: info@plinth.uk.com

For more information visit: https://plinth.uk.com/blogs/magazine/the-magnum-home

Sedition Recommends: 57th Venice Biennale 2017

Shiva’s Dreaming (Crystal Palace) by Lawrence Lek

From 18 February to 26 November 2017, the 57th Venice Biennale will transform the Italian city as artists and galleries from across the world bring their ideas and artworks. If you’re heading to the city this year, be sure to visit our recommended exhibitions featuring Sedition artists. This guide to Sedition artists at the Biennale features Shezad Dawood, Frederik de Wilde, Damien Hirst, Isaac Julien, Lawrence Lek, Hew Locke, and Yinka Shonibare.

Frederik de Wilde and Lawrence Lek in HyperPavillion

HyperPavillion is a large scale exhibition of newly commissioned works which engage with the impact of the increasing influence of the digital. Together, the works create an exploratory, immersive post-human universe. Presented by Korean production house Fabulous Inc and and curated by Philippe Riss-Schmid, the exhibition features projections, a hologram theatre, a 360° immersive cinema and a range of hybrid combinations of new and traditional media. HyperPavilion takes place in three warehouses on the northern side of the Arsenale, and is open to the public from 13 May to 30 October 2017. The exhibition features works by Frederik De WildeLawrence Lek, Aram Bartholl, Claire Malrieux, Paul Souviron and more.

Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare and Isaac Julien at the Diaspora Pavilion

At Palazzo Pisani Santa Monica, Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Isaac Julien, Erika Tan, Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton and others present work at the Diaspora Pavilion. Bringing together varied perspectives and strategies for examining diaspora, the exhibition expands and complicates notions of the diasporic. The exhibition launches with a Private View on 10 May and runs from 13 May until 26 November.


Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punto Della Dogana

Damien Hirst brings a new solo exhibition, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, to Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana. The exhibition, which runs from 9 April to 3 December, has been ten years in the planning and presents ambitious and exquisite works by Hirst displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum space . It tells the story of an ancient and monumental shipwreck, the Unbelievable, through its treasures, restored from the deep. As well as telling the story of the ship, the treasures also link to the life of fictional freed slave Aulus Calidius Amotan or Cif Amotan II.

 

Leviathan production still

Shezad Dawood Leviathan Launch

Shezad Dawood launches his ten part film work Leviathan at the Venice Biennale, presenting the first three episodes in a site-specific exhibition curated by Alfredo Cramerotti at the Villino Canonica and at the Fortuny Factory in the Giudecca. Episodes of Leviathan will launch in international exhibitions over the next few years before the work is released in its entirety as a feature film in 2020.

Combining news and documentary footage with shots filmed on an abandoned island and at London’s National History Museum, Leviathan weaves a complex narrative linking topics as diverse as migration, marine conservation and mental health.

Click here for more information about visiting this year’s Venice Biennale.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 in Photos

This year Sedition visited Art Basel Hong Kong and its satellite fairs, photographing as we went. The gallery above shows some of the highlights of our tour.

As well as seeing work by artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Wang Qingsong, Adrian Wong and Kingsley Ng at Art Basel and in solo presentations, we also explored the Art Central Hong Kong show and Digital exhibition at the Central Harbourfront, and visited .com/ .cn presented by the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and MoMA PS1.

JOYCE Gazelli Art Takeover – In Review

As part of Art Basel Hong Kong, Sedition recently attended a group exhibition presented by Gazelli Art House as the gallery took over the flagship store of fashion brand JOYCE.

JOYCE is a pioneering Hong Kong fashion retail store which showcases the work of designers who transcend the boundaries of art and fashion. The Gazelli Art House takeover transformed the space with a series of pop-up exhibitions by an eclectic selection of artists represented by the gallery.

The exhibition included works by husband-and-wife Charlotte Colbert and Philip Colbert, who have individually launched digital editions on the Sedition platform to coincide with the event. At JOYCE, Charlotte Colbert presented examples from several of her bodies of work: In & Out of Space, A Day At Home, Ordinary Madness and Studies, at JOYCE Cabinet. Philip Colbert showcased a series of paintings which playfully insert Mickey Mouse and Snoopy into everyday settings, prompting the viewer to consider the way branding and celebrity are woven into everyday life.

Also featured in the exhibition was James Ostrer, who for his project Wotsit All About photographed people smothered in junk food. Photographs from the series will be displayed at the Lower Ground Floor entrance and in lightboxes at JOYCE Harbour City and JOYCE Pacific Place. The final exhibited artist, Kalliopi Lemos, filled the entrance window of the store with a swarm of paper bees.

Sedition and Magnum Photos Announce Year-Long Partnership at The Barbican

 

Photograph by Thomas Dworzak, taken in Kyrgyzstan in 2005

 

Throughout 2017 Sedition and Magnum Photos launch an international partnership in celebration of Magnum’s 70th anniversary. In Magnum at 70, Sedition launches a series of collections of iconic photographic and video works as digital editions created over the past 70 years by Magnum Photos artists. Alongside the online launch programme, Magnum Photos and Sedition will present a public programme of digital exhibitions, events and panel discussions.

Magnum at 70 will launch alongside a talk event as part of the Magnum Photos Now series on Friday 24 March at 7pm in The Barbican’s Frobisher Auditorium 1 in London. Digital Territories: Photography in the Online Environment is a panel discussion which focuses on how photography and digital space define one another.  The panel comprises Sedition’s Director Rory Blain, Magnum’s Digital Director Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Magnum photographer and David Alan Harvey, publisher of Burn Magazine. The discussion is chaired by Aaron Schuman (artist, writer, curator and editor).

The conversation will explore the online ‘life’ of photographic works and the merging of photographic practice and digital space. The panelists will look at what online photographic display means for photographers, publishers and consumers of photography, covering storage, communication networks and visual literacy.

The inaugural set of fifteen works in the Magnum at 70 collection will be released to coincide with this, including by photographers Werner Bischof, Martin Parr, Tim Hetherington and Dennis Stock.

Subsequent launches and events with Magnum Photos and Sedition will be presented throughout the year. Follow Magnum Photos on Sedition to keep up with news and updates.