Shu Lea Cheang Presents FLUIDØ at the Berlinale 2017

FLUIDØ still by Shu Lea Cheang

Shu Lea Cheang presents the world premiere of FLUIDØ, a feature-length cypherpunk film at the Berlinale 2017, one of the most prestigious international film festivals.

FLUIDØ creates a fictional future in which the government announces that AIDS has been wiped out. En route to this breakthrough, a generation of humans have evolved from mutated AIDS viruses. These humans, known as ‘ZERO GEN’, are genderfluid. Their ejaculate is intoxicating to other humans and becomes a popular drug named DELTA, leading the government to pursue and arrest the ZERO GEN with the help of drug resistant androids. When one of these androids becomes intoxicated by DELTA, the drug goes viral.

FLUIDØ is a networked journey through digital and non-digital bodies, hacked boundaries, and corrupt infrastructures. The work is part of Cheang’s extensive exploration of cybernetic sexuality, notably following on from her 2000 work I.K.U. which follows the lives of sensual cyborgs as they exchange touch and data.

FLUIDØ premieres at Panorama, Berlin from 14-16 February as part of Berlinale 2017, an international film festival which brings together movie industry professionals from across the world in Germany’s capital.

FLUIDØ was produced by Shu Lea Cheang, Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion and AMARD BIRD Films. Sedition supported the development of the film by offering Cheang’s Data Hack collection as a reward for her Kickstarter campaign in 2015. View the Data Hack collection on Sedition.

Screening at Panorama Berlin on:
-14 February Tuesday at 10:45 pm
-15 February Wednesday at 20:15 pm
-16 February Thursday at 10:45 pm
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#SeditionRecommends Arty Outings for Valentine’s Day

This article introduces current and upcoming events and exhibitions, which look at the shifting, complicated aesthetics of digital love. Take your special someone out on Valentine’s Day to explore works and projects that look at the concept of love as fragmented and dispersed, experimentally synthesised, material and virtual, human and machinic.

Visit the Design Museum to explore the future of love and sex in the digital age, or discover the need for love in an age of hostile and exclusionary politics at Carroll/Fletcher, or if you’ve recently broken up with someone, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships to help heal the pain. Read more of our recommended ideas for an inspiring Valentine’s date below.

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Intimate Strangers by Andres Jarque

Fear and Love at Design Museum

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is an exhibition of eleven installations which collectively takes an experimental look at love, sex and intimacy. The installations, by designers and architects including Metahaven, Madeleine Gannon and Arquitectura Expandida, explore themes and topics from robot sentience to networked sexuality. This exhibition is ideal for those individuals who would like to experience the way love is hyper-mediated by technological processes.

Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Until 23 April 2017

United We Stand by Eva and Franco Mattes

United We Stand at Carroll / Fletcher

Today’s world could be described as turbulent to say the very least. With Donald J. Trump elected as President of the United States, and the ongoing Syrian and refugee crisis it demonstrates that politics is in need of more acceptance and love. It is in these moments that the artist must navigate between the edges of political conflict to create a world in which we are united. The show, United We Stand, is the third part of the exhibition titled ‘Looking at one thing and thinking of something else’ at Carroll / Fletcher. The exhibition ultimately seeks to creatively and critically reimagine a shared future with an abundance of love in the political realm. It also provides the timely occasion to leave our beliefs behind and embrace the kind of love that looks at other human beings from distant cultures as part of us, part of our own flesh.

Carroll / Fletcher

56 – 57 Eastcastle St, London W1W 8EQ

Tues – Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat: 11am – 6pm, Sun: Closed

Until 4 March 2017

 

Hatsune Miku in Still Be Here

Still Be Here at Barbican

following would make a one of a kind date with your special someone. On 26 February 2017, animated pop-star and cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku will be performing some of her musical hits at the Barbican in the show, Still Be Here. The project was conceptualised by artist Mari Matsutoya, created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and Martin Sulzer. Hatsune Mikku will appear on stage in the form of a 3D projection, and sing to lyrics that highlight the role of being a female pop star; and more specifically, how a female body is commodified, identified and translates fans’ desires as she is collectively constructed. Get tickets for your Valentine for this special experience.

Still Be Here

Barbican Centre

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

26 February 2017 at 20:00

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No ONE Is More Work Than Me by Ed Atkins

Testing Ground at Zabludowicz Collection

The Zabludowicz Collection in North London presents Testing Ground, featuring works by artists including Ed Atkins, David Blandy, Cécile B. Evans, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Jon Rafman and Amalia Ulman who explore the performance of persona. Whether framed as a duality, a network, a performance or a process, it is through the persona that individuals connect to form relationships – loving and hostile, between individuals and groups. An exhibition that enables its participants to wonder about the entanglements we forge with our significant other when we are in love, as a reminder that we are more than ourself.

 

Zabludowicz Collection

176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT

Thursday – Sunday 12–6pm

Until 26 February 2017

 

Museum of Broken Relationship

For those who are single or healing from a broken relationship visit, The Museum of Broken Relationships located in Los Angeles and Zagreb, which is a crowd-sourced project that showcases the story of the broken-hearted through objects donated by people. The purpose of the museum is to provide a way to heal from a break-up by accepting memento’s that carry a burdening emotional load. Through the public display of these items, the museum seeks to alleviate individuals and create a collective emotional history as a reminder that, despite the painful experience, the lover is not alone.

 

Museum of Broken Relationship

6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, One Block East of Highland

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am – 6pm, Thursday: 11am – 7pm,

Friday & Saturday: 12am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

 

Ćirilometodska 2, 10000, Zagreb

Winter (October 1st – May 31st):

Every day from 9am – 9pm

Yann Novak Solo Exhibition At Human Resources Los Angeles

Repose by Yann Novak

Opening on 10 February 2017, Yann Novak’s latest solo exhibition Repose features an audiovisual installation and a series of chromatic prints curated by Suzy Halajian. The week long exhibition at Human Resources, a non-profit space located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, closes with a special performance by Rebecca Bruno, Sarah Rara and Geneva Skeen on Saturday, 18 February 2017.

Repose is concerned with the way context influences perception and the reciprocal relationship between the two values. Novak’s practice explores the abstraction and reconfiguration of sound through digital media; for the central installation work in Repose he presents a monolithic sound work constructed from synthetic timbres, which is accompanied by a projection of shifting light. The piece questions traditional ideas of composition by colliding them with digital structures and concepts.

Alongside the installation Novak presents a series of prints titled Repose.Heptaptych. The series comprises seven works, which extract the seven main colours used in the installation. The prints are made on acoustic absorption panels, which limit the ambient sound outside the installation; as such they are, in a sense, sound works in themselves. Through the relationship between the prints and the installation Novak emphasises the inseparability of sound and context.

The exhibition is part of a long-running project which was first presented in Cocky Eek’s inflatable SPHÆRÆ at the AxS Festival 2014. For this 2-17 iteration of the project Novak frames his investigation in the context of the US election results, asking the question, “How do the economic, political, and social problems of the United States recode our collective listening experience? What does it mean to come together as participants, as subjects, and allies in this context?”

Repose is on at Human Resources located at 410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA from 10-18 February 2017. Gallery Hours: February 11-12 & February 15-18, noon-5pm.

Celebrate Digital Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to share with that special someone or lover a gift of art that can be experienced together. With digital technologies we can share our love across distances and our relationships become these small gestures through chats and email that remind our lovers that we’re thinking of them.

At Sedition, we’ve curated a selection of artworks that explore the concept of love in its many facets that can be gifted virtually. The ramifications of this universal feeling have become more complex as digital technologies mediate our affections and desires, making us wonder what love and intimacy are nowadays. Discover works on Sedition exploring themes of love and digital love to inspire you and your loved one during the season.

 

Tracey Emin’s in Times Square New York presented by Sedition

The video above shows the moment Tracey Emin’s I Promise To Love You collection, made exclusively for Sedition, was displayed on the big screens in Times Square New York, bringing together people in a celebration of love. Tracey Emin, known for bringing the intimacy of her life to her artworks by creating hand-written neon messages, made an important statement recently when she married her own rock. This performative act challenged many of the social norms and conventions that society has placed on the female figure, and focuses on love as being defined by what you already have and not what is missing.

Kiki.obj by Claudia Hart

Claudia Hart

Artist and curator Claudia Hart has developed a 3D animated GIF Kiki.obj for the online platform dadaclub.online, a virtual space where invited artists make dada artworks by remixing them with previous media and are available to download. This timely commission explores the gaze of a woman’s physique as processed through new media technologies and also reclaims hybridity as a naturalized form to express the female body. Claudia Hart comments on the piece:

“I made a model of Kiki in 2008 to use for another project based on all of the various photos of Man Ray. I turned her head around, breaking her neck, to turn her into an “impossible object,” a kind of Sphinx. I then imagined her as a Times Square billboard, and covered her with flashing billboards, but made from the original Dada magazine covers. The purpose of the work is to turn  Kiki into a goddess, the “Kiki.obj.”

Claudia Heart, Rose Throb, digital limited edition

Claudia Hart is also the artist behind Rose Throb and Rose Pulse, both digital editions available on Sedition. Rose Throb contains green and pink rose petals that dance erotically and sensually for the viewer behind the screen. The artwork’s accompanying tribal rhythm soundtrack will seduce any lover you gift it to. Rose Pulse is an animated GIF that reduces the romantic soliloquy spoken by Shakespeare’s Juliet, “What’s in a name that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet”. The image flashes like an illuminated billboard with a birdcall chirping in the background that can captivate any lover.

APOTROPIA, The Kiss, digital limited edition available on Sedition

Karoline Georges, Our Profiles Kiss, digital limited edition available on Sedition

Jeremy McKeehan, Kiss From The Soul, digital limited edition available on Sedition

Future Love

In late 2016, Sedition developed an artist open call with Nesta for the FutureFest Art Prize exploring four themes including, Future Love. The artworks shortlisted for the this theme explored ways in which bonds, affections, feelings and love would look like in the not so distant future. Three works were shortlisted and presented as part of the Future Love collection. The works enable us to reflect on how our identities transform with new media, the ways in which sensualities are experienced, and what the limits of love are. The pieces included in the collection trespass the physical realm and create virtual hybrids that challenge our expectations of how love is defined in the post-digital age, where one can be intimate with technology, touch and feel at distance, randomly date unknown individuals and enhance bodily functions.

Amalia Ulman, LOVE SCALE, digital limited edition on Sedition

Amalia Ulman

Amalia Ulman who has become known for her performances on social media and her association with ‘post-internet’ art, reflects on the idea of love in an interesting manner by taking into account the painful aspects of the experience in her work on Sedition, LOVE SCALE. Ulman directly associates pain with being in love through a fictional medical chart that is self-diagnosed by the viewer. Through the scale, each individual can experiment with measuring what state of love they are in and what amount of pain they are thus experiencing. This artwork can be an amusing reflection on undeclared love and the pain and uncertainty one feels when love struck.

Shu Lea Cheang

Sedition artist Shu Lea Cheang, who created the Data Hack collection on Sedition, will be premiering a cypherpunk sci-fi movie FLUIDØ at Panorama for Berlinale on 14, 15 and 16 February. The movie explores the possibilities of sex in the year 2060, when the government declares the era as AIDS free but  carriers of a mutated virus give birth to ZERO GENs –  bio-drug carriers whose white fluid is the hypernarcotic for the 21st Century. The body liquid of the ZERO GENs is the new form of sexual commodity. FLUIDØ is a film that mirrors and echoes habits already existent in chem-sex, which could be understood as a different form of loving one’s own bodily pleasure.

LIA, Not Even Love Will Tear Us Apart, digital limited edition on Sedition

LIA

LIA’s inspiring work, Not Even Love Will Tear Us Apart, is a departure from the ultimate symbol of love: the heart. At first it might seem that the animated hearts become distant from one another but if you look into detail all hearts share a connection point with each other. LIA comments on her artwork: “as with relationships between lovers, permanent change happens in the details while the overall aesthetic remains the same”. Gift this artwork as a symbol of your love and a reminder of the continuous flux of relationships.

Until 4 March 2017, at Istanbul’s Akbank Sanat, LIA will be presenting five audiovisual artworks as part of the Nonspaces exhibition. Nonspaces looks at the way digital structures challenge and reshape the way we engage with space, both physically and conceptually.

Image from Kalimpong, VR installation by Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood and Rafaël Rozendaal

Shezad Dawood and Rafaël Rozendaal are amongst artists partaking in the group exhibition HUMAN / DIGITAL: A SYMBIOTIC LOVE AFFAIR running from 9 February until 2 April 2017 at Kunsthal in Rotterdam. The show addresses how internet and digital technologies have impacted contemporary artists and what post-internet art means in today’s hyper mediated society; it seeks to answer how love between humans and technology might manifest. Kalimpong, the recent virtual reality work by Shezad Dawood is amongst works featured in the exhibition.

LIA Among Artists Exhibiting In Group Show ‘Nonspaces’ at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

LIA, The Lonely One In The Autumn, digital limited edition on Sedition

From 16 December 2016 to 4 March 2017 at Istanbul’s Akbank Sanat, curators Ceren Arkman and Irmak Arkman bring together the work of 14 artists whose practice de-and re-constructs space through digital media.

Nonspaces looks at the way digital structures challenge and reshape the way we engage with space, both physically and conceptually. The artists in the exhibition, which include LIA, Ryoichi Kurokawa, FIELD, Sougwen Chung and Onformative, create exploratory digital forms, fields and worlds, then set them loose in virtual and material space.

Digital artist and designer LIA presents five audiovisual works as part of the exhibition. Three of the works, including The Lonely One In The Autumn, are available as digital editions on Sedition. The works construct digital landscapes, experimenting with the complexity created by algorithmic renderings of natural forms. View more works by LIA on Sedition.

Visitors to the exhibition have the chance to engage with space in non-traditional, experimental ways and to explore the complex structures digital media make available. However Nonspaces is not solely about celebrating the possibilities of new media. Thanks to digital technologies, we live in an age of detailed data capture, instantaneous messaging and hyperrealistic imagery. While often presented as new frontiers and milestones of mankind, the possibilities enabled by digital technologies are always connected to the structures which came before them. Nonspaces puts the focus on representation as a core problem of our time.

Nonspaces runs from 16 December 2016 – 4 March 2017 at Akbank Sanat located at İstiklal Cad. No:8 34435 Beyoğlu-İstanbul.

RCA, Subject Matter and Sedition Present ‘Becoming’ Talk Series

 

Throughout February 2017 a series of talks titled Becoming will be presented at Somerset House and Royal College of Art. The talk series accompanies the Becoming group exhibition of print and screen-based artworks by emerging artists studying at the RCA; the exhibition is on display at Dyson Gallery from 22 February to 3 March.

The Becoming exhibition and talk series address the process of transition from one state to another, with a particular focus on the journey towards becoming an artist. The talk series, which takes place on a series of dates throughout February at the RCA and Somerset House brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from the art industry to discuss art collecting and sustainability in the digital age.

All proceeds from the talk series will contribute to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund, which provides support for the artists of the future.

 

Becoming an Art Collector

Thursday, 2 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:308:00pm
Tickets: £10

The first talk, at Somerset House Screening Room in the series looks at art collecting and buying in contemporary times.

Speakers:

Liezel Strauss, Director of Subject Matter Art
Stephanie Allen, Head of Business Creative United/Own Art
Patrick Davies, Director of Patrick Davies Contemporary Art
Jamie Shovlin, Sedition Artist 

RSVP to attend >

 

Creating a Sustainable Collection

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:30-8:00pm
Tickets: £10

The second talk in the series is about the importance of sustaining the careers of emerging artists by encouraging collectors and developing new ways of art collecting.

Speakers:

Bernardine Brocker, CEO, Vastari
Leizel Strauss, Founder, Subject Matter
Anne Reimers, Lecturer & Co-Author of the ‘BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors’

RSVP to attend >

 

The Collector of the Future

Monday, 27 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:30-8:00pm
Free Entry

The final talk in the series takes place at the Royal College of Art’s Lecture Theatre and looks at the future of the art world and art collecting, particularly in light of new digital technologies.

Speakers:

Rory Blain, Director, Sedition
Juan Cruz, Dean of RCA Fine Art  
David Blandy, Artist
Anders Petterson, Founder, ArtTacticMel Jordan, Head of Critical Art Practice at RCA

RSVP to attend >

 

Sedition Showcases Digital Art At Los Angeles Theatre During Night On Broadway

 

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On 28 January, IAMSOUND creative studio will take over the Los Angeles Theatre as part of Night On Broadway, a free art and music festival celebrating culture and creativity in LA. Sedition has been invited to curate a section of the festival.

Night on Broadway is produced as part of the Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative. The event will simultaneously activate multiple venues throughout the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing them to life with a diverse arts programming encompassing theatre, music, food, fashion and visual art and presenting the work of new and established arts practitioners.

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For the third iteration of José Huizar’s Night On Broadway, more than 60,000 visitors are expected to head to a mile-long stretch of Broadway connecting Olympic Boulevard and 3rd St. The free event, which marks the ninth year of the Bringing Back Broadway initiative to revitalise Broadway avenue, will feature a wide ranging lineup of installations, performances, music and activities presented across ten outdoor stages and in six historic Broadway theaters.

Sedition will display a selection of audiovisual and digitally animated artworks at the Los Angeles Theatre,which also features a line-up presented by Dazed Digital and performances by Morly, Harriet Brown, The Sunland Dancers and others.

 

 

Sedition is delighted to showcase the work of artists who explore the intersection of art and tech in innovative and revelatory ways. The artworks will be showcased in screenings in the large theatre space  as well as four video installations displayed in the lobby in the vitrines normally used for show posters. 

The works Sedition will present at Night On Broadway are:

Theater Screenings

Ryoichi Kurokawa – Syn_mod.1,2,3

Novi_sad & Ryoichi Kurokawa – Sirens

Andrew Thomas Huang – Interstice

Lobby – Vitrine Display:

Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower

Gordon Cheung – New Order

Katie Torn – Vacation

Claudia Hart – Ophelia

To join the Night On Broadway Facebook event click here. Instagrammers who creatively capture the festival have the chance to become award-winners as part of the Night On Broadway Best Shots Contest. To follow Night On Broadway on Social Media check the hashtag #NightOnBroadway.

Follow @Seditionart on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the event.

Sedition Supports Unicef’s NextGen Charity Auction

On the evening of 27 January 2017, Sedition supports Unicef’s Next Generation Charity Auction, the charity’s annual fundraiser event which supports the Children of Syria Emergency Appeal taking place B1 in Bloomsbury Square, London.1506444_1641322852763281_869352406954049275_nThis is the fifth year of the Syrian conflict, with 14 million children impacted by the crisis, 8 million of whom are in need of humanitarian aid. Research shows that safe environments for children such as homes and schools have been extensively destroyed, damaged or occupied and that four out of five Syrian children living in Lebanon are not attending school.

The Children of Syria Emergency Appeal is a fund to support children affected by the Syrian crisis. Donations to the fund go towards providing food, shelter and clothing to children in Syria. The fund also allows Unicef to work with partners in the country to protect children in danger. To date, Unicef has provided water treatment supplies that treat enough water for 17 million people, learning materials for 2.8 million children, 26 million vaccinations for children and psychosocial support to 1 million children.

Unicef NextGen is a global movement led by passionate young professionals from a range of industries, aged 21 to 40, committed to supporting Unicef’s work towards the protection and wellbeing of children in danger through Next Gen Annual Fundraiser.

The NextGen Annual Fundraiser will be an evening of education, fundraising and networking for London’s young professionals focusing on understanding the current conflict in Syria and how it is impacting children.The Next Gen Annual event includes a dinner, a live auction, a raffle and an after-party with world-renowned DJs.

In support of the Children of Syria appeal, Sedition has donated the bespoke Sedition Frame fitted with an iPad Air 2 containing ten exclusive artworks from Sedition as part of the auction. The recently launched Sedition Frame allows digital art lovers to elegantly display their Sedition collection on their tablets. The Frame is a high-quality art display designed to complement any interior space.

 

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The Sedition Frame displaying Cloud, Candy I by ZEITGUISED

The exclusive artworks which have been donated alongside the Sedition Frame are:


Jenny Holzer – Sensibility
LIA – Not Even Love Will Tear Us Apart
Mark Titchner – Fear of Life
Matthew Biederman – Guided Saccade (For Newton)
Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower
Ryan Whittier Hale – Untitled
Brian Alfred – Chromacity
Fang Lu – Lost Seconds
FIELD – Forays: Scan I
Novi_sad – IIC

Sedition will also showcase several artworks by world-renowned contemporary artists during the gala dinner and during the event’s after party where live DJs will be performing. The artworks to be showcased are:

L Morando – Prelude to a Song

Albert Delamour – the window on my World

Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower

Tracey Emin –I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You

Heidi LocherComposure

Mark Titchner – If You Can Dream It You Must Do It

Universal Everything – Presence 5.4

If you would like to network with future leaders across a range of industries, dance for a good cause to live music by Gorgon City, SG Lewis and Eton Messy and immerse yourself in high-end contemporary art, do not miss the Unicef NextGen Annual Party. Purchase your tickets at: http://bit.ly/2j7E87A

Sedition’s 2016 Year in Review

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Looking back at 2016 Sedition has had a very exciting and remarkable year. With our newly launched services and products, such as Art Stream and the Sedition Frame, we are contributing to the goal of making contemporary art accessible to anyone who has a digital screen.

This year was particularly special because Sedition celebrated and turned its fifth anniversary. Thanks to our resilient team, we have developed partnerships with leading art institutions and thought-provoking artists working at the boundaries of art and technology. For our 2016 year in review we present highlights from Sedition  that have contributed to our mission of bringing art by leading artists to screens.

Art Stream & New iOS App

At the beginning of 2016 Sedition launched Art Stream,  a new service that offers subscribers unlimited access to a curated selection of contemporary artworks by world-leading artists. Sedition’s Art Stream allows subscribers to access  twelve artworks, with  one artwork added and one removed each week. Through their subscription  Art Stream followers can explore exclusive digital and contemporary art. Subscribe now to receive a 30 day free-trial or get a 50% discount off the first year of an annual subscription.

 

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Also in early 2016 Sedition released an updated iOS app with improved design and navigation, and new search and WishList functionalities. The iOS app also allows subscribers to view and play their Art Stream. Now compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro devices. Download the Sedition app from the App Store.

 

Public Art Screens 

Throughout 2016 we partnered with i/o lab to present Public Art Screens. For every month of the year we presented a new artwork launch in a different location around Stavanger, Norway. The goal of the public programming was to generate new spaces for viewing contemporary art and moving images. View the trailer of the program:

 

#TheCampaignRCA

In March, Sedition partnered with the Royal College of Art and Subject Matter to develop an exhibition of print and digital media called The Campaign at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery. The show included works by emerging artists that at the time were studying at Royal College of Art. All artworks are available for purchase, some as prints and others as digital limited editions. The profits made from the artworks were then donated to the RCA Fine Art Bursary Fund, that supports students who have financial difficulties.

 

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In May, Sedition participated in the 22nd International Symposium of Electronic Art in Hong Kong. This year the symposium was curated under the theme Cultural R>Evolution. During the symposium  Sedition’s Head of Programmes and Operations, Ashley Wong, presented a talk regarding the digital distribution of contemporary art.

 

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FutureFest Art Prize

In September, Sedition and Nesta presented the FutureFest Art prize in London,. FutureFest 2016 was a festival that expanded and challenged notions of the upcoming future through its four themes: Love, Play, Work and Thrive. For the FutureFest Art Prize we invited artists from diverse artistic backgrounds to submit artworks for each category; those that were shortlisted eventually exhibited their pieces at FutureFest festival. The four winners of the prize were featured on Sedition and awarded a £500 cash prize in recognition of their creativity.

The winning artworks were: Our Profiles Kiss by Karolina Georges for Love, Pure Movement 3, Environment 1.2 by Ulla Nolden for Play, Lighting Tools: Device For Excavations by Ivaylo Hristov for Work and Surrogate Mechanica by Keith Kamholz for Thrive.

 

Shoreditch House Talk Series

Throughout 2016 Sedition  presented  a series of talks, Art in The Digital Age, at Shoreditch and SoHo House in London and at Ludlow House in New York. The panel of the first event in June comprised artist Gordon Cheung, and Liezel Strauss, founder of Subject Matter,and  explored in detail the realms of digital art collecting, creation and exhibition.

 

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As part of the same event series, in July Sedition organized a special screening of Shezah Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film. The screening was followed by a conversation between the artists and Oliver Basciano, who is the editor of Art Review.

In, August, Sedition presented a screening and artist talk in New York in collaboration with Postmasters Gallery. Artists Claudia Hart, Katie Torn and Monica Cook discussed their work and practice which followed a screening including works by Andrew Thomas Huang, Brian Alfred, Mark Dorf, Lawrence Lek, LIA and more. During the same evening Meural presented their digital canvas using Sedition artists. The event united leading curators, artists and digital art specialist who together explored the future of art making, collecting and curation.

 

Sedition at The Royal Academy

Coinciding with the Summer Exhibition 2016, Sedition set up a range of leading digital artworks by world-renowned artists as gift cards at The Royal Academy Shop. The cards are still available and are priced between £20 and £155. During the Summer Exhibition Sedition’s exclusive digital editions could be found in the museum’s lobby and Royal Academy’s online shop along with the newly launched Sedition Frame.

 

Brown’s Art Weekend

Sedition’s Director Rory Blain was part of an art panel at Brown London Art Weekend at Brown’s Hotel in London’s Mayfair in July. Rory Blain joined ArtTactic’s Anders Petterson, independent curator Estela Oliva and artist Eloise Fornieles, moderated by Ghislaine Boddington of body>data>space on a discussion that investigated the future of digital art collecting and creation.

 

Sedition Turns 5

In celebration of Sedition’s fifth anniversary and for the passion that our team has for art and technology, we developed an online conversation with leading thinkers, artists, curators and art organizations about how digital art will look  in the next five years. Explore the Twitter discussion using #SeditionTurns5. We also published two blog posts expanding on the Twitter discussion. The first blog article explored the recent past and not too far future of digital art, and the second  reviewed in depth artists recommended by our network who are pushing the boundaries of art and technology.

 

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Sedition at The Broad

In December Sedition announced an exciting partnership with The Broad museum in Los Angeles. The partnership  is Sedition’s first U.S. museum collaboration. Visitors to The Broad can now purchase exclusive digital editions by world-renowned artists as physical gift cards. They can also view, interact with and purchase the newly launched Sedition Frame from The Shop at The Broad.

 

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Sedition Frame

Launched in late 2016, the Sedition Frame is a beautifully crafted frame for displaying your art collection on tablets. Designed to complement any interior whether at home or in the office, the Sedition Frame is made of solid oak and is available in two colours with a powder-coated steel cover plate. Display your art in portrait or landscape, free-standing or wall-mounted. Order your frame today.

 

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New Sedition Apple TV App

In November, we announced the launch of the new Sedition App for Apple TV. Compatible on the latest Apple TVs, the Sedition App offers a seamless, high-quality way to display your art collection on any TV with HDMI. The app allows you to access your Vault, manage your playlist, browse artists and artworks, add artworks to your Wish List, purchase artworks and subscribe to and access the Sedition Art Stream from a click of the remote.

 

 

As you can tell from our year in review,  Sedition’s year has been full of exciting partnerships  and innovative projects. It will only keep on getting better so stay tuned on our website and social media  to stay in touch with Sedition’s future developments and to see our plans for revolutionizing the way we experience art through technology unfold.

 

Sedition Supports Mat Collishaw Kickstarter For Ambitious New VR Exhibition

Sedition is pleased to support Mat Collishaw ambitious new VR project due to launch in May 2017. The project, titled Thresholds, is a Virtual Reality experience designed to transport the visitor to the first major exhibition of photography. Collishaw uses VR, to explore a moment when photography was new to the public. Alongside the exhibition, the artist will launch an exclusive new video artwork on Sedition, which is one of several rewards available for supporters of his Kickstarter campaign

In Thresholds, visitors wearing VR headsets experience a simulated exhibition space complete with display cabinets and vitrines. At the same time, the ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) space visitors while exploring the simulation can interact with physical objects, which correspond to those in the digital world. Interestingly, individuals walking through the physical space are represented in the digital exhibition as ghostly outlines.

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-15-36-21 An Early Rendering of William Fox Talbot’s 1839 photography exhibition

Thresholds’ layering of reality and unreality investigates an unexplored facet of Virtual Reality by picking apart the way the technology relates to physical objects; it also builds a link between new and historical media.
The simulated exhibition presents early technological developments and is in part based on William Fox Talbot’s 1839 exhibition at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, which explored the then-new medium of photography. The original photographs in the exhibition no longer exist since Fox Talbot had not resolved photographic fixing methods at the time. By revisiting the exhibition, Mat Collishaw not only restores lost imagery but also incorporates early photography into contemporary conversations around obsolete or disintegrating media.

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-15-42-31Fox Talbot’s Early Production Line

Inevitably, by revisiting historical media the project also revisits historical contexts and connects them to the present day. Visitors within the simulated exhibition can hear the chanting of Chartists outside as they protest the replacement of human labour by machine labour during the Industrial Revolution. These protests find their echo today in current concerns over the replacement of jobs by algorithms and robots.

Thresholds will be presented in four venues across the UK in 2017. The exhibition starts in May at Somerset House, London, before moving to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in June, Lacock Abbey in September, and National Media Museum Bradford in November.

Collishaw’s Kickstarter campaign has been devised to make the exhibition as accessible as possible by reducing entry fees. Supporters who pledge £70 or more will receive an exclusive digital edition of Breaking Faith, a new work by the artist on Sedition. Breaking Faith is a video which reflects on the fugitive nature of Fox Talbot’s early photographic prints and their subsequent evolution into the digital realm.