Archive for April, 2014

Déjà Vu: Chinese Artists in Moving Images Launching at Art Basel Hong Kong

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Sedition, is delighted to announce a partnership with LEAP, the bilingual art magazine of contemporary China, and iArt, the digital edition of The Art Newspaper China, which are both published by Modern Media Group. LEAP and iArt, in association with Sedition will present Déjà Vu: Chinese Artists in Moving Images.

Déjà Vu is a digital collection curated by LEAP and iArt featuring works by five young Chinese artists working in moving image. The exhibition will be featured in The Art Newspaper China’s iArt App and will be launched online on Sedition and at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. Sedition is also pleased to announce the launch of the Chinese language version of the site, and the Sedition iPhone/iPad and Android Apps in Chinese for a new audience.

The multimedia works featured in the collection stem from the various motivations and inspirations of the artists, drawing from daily life, social and political experience, art history, and patterns from their past creations. Within collective cultural discourse, these works represent the texture of the uncertain reality of the world in which we live. The synesthesia and intertextuality that we recognize among them equate to uncanny evidence of a connection to our own experiences. Déjà Vu.

Globalization enables the inception of a shared “cloud” of knowledge, visual experience, and references. In their practices, these artists, especially those who were born in the 1980s, inevitably adopt some of these shared elements. However, due to geographical, linguistic, and cultural barriers, the artists transpose these elements by combining them with the symbols generated from their native cultural background. Presented via moving images, these works provide viewers with a synchronous and ceaseless access to this transposition. The resonance that occurs with the perception of the transposition, alongside the confusion, adds another layer to the déjà vu.

As a result of the proliferation of digital media and virtual reality, our vision of the world has become more vivid and sharp, yet more distant and ambiguous at the same time. While we witness the fractions of our lives that happen right in front us, we already see them in our mind.

Artists in the collection include: Chen Zhou, Cheng Ran, Fang Lu, Guan Xiao, and Kwan Sheung Chi.

The Déjà Vu Collection will launch online at www.seditionart.com and at the Post Vernissage Party of Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 co-hosted by Modern Media and K11 Art Foundation on 14th May 2014 at Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, China, at 9pm. The works will be available for purchase as digital limited editions exclusively on Sedition from 15th May. Works from Sedition can be easily displayed on any smartphone, tablet, TV or computer – presenting an innovative way to collect art in the digital age.

Works will be displayed at the Modern Media booth at Art Basel Hong Kong, Booth: P3 and will be on display for the duration of the fair from 15-18th May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Follow LEAP on Sedition to receive an invitation to the 24-hour online private view: www.seditionart.com/leap

The New Romantics Collection: Romanticism in the 21st Century

By Nicholas O’Brien

The New Romantics collection on Sedition is a curated selection of artworks by artists in an exhibition of the same name presented at Eyebeam, Center for Art and Technology in New York City. The exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary digital artists are working in ways that are either deliberately or unconsciously speaking to a Romantic tradition. The equivalences between the artists represented in this collection and the painters, poets, and flaneurs of the 19th Century show a growing desire within contemporary digital media for self-reflective, personal, and transgressive visions to be more present within our ever-emerging digital landscape.

By borrowing and adapting techniques, motifs, and strategies popular within 19th Century Romanticism, these artists evidence a shifting cultural paradigm underway within network culture. As the pervasiveness of digital technology continues to take over and consume our daily lives, these artists are attempting to find respite and pause using contemporary 3D technology and computer imaging. These artists are considering – just as their Romantic predecessors – the ways in which the body, the landscape, and the built environment are all radically changing as a result of the development of new technology.

'Synthetic Statues' by Sophie KahnSynthetic Statues, Sophie Kahn, digital edition, HD video, 2014

Artists like Tim Berresheim, Claudia Hart, and Sophie Kahn are using contemporary digital tools to investigate the female form. In doing so each artists is questioning the ways in which 3D technology not only shapes contemporary representation, but also informs current understandings of narrative, history, memory, and myth. Where Kahn use 3D scanning to recover the traces left over by memory and encounters, Hart uses animation to breathe life into the drowned heroine, Ophelia. Berresheim in turn uses the body as a canvas to map the burden of time passing. Though each artists approaches the human form with a different set of tools, all share a fascination with how these devices not only frame the ways in which we view the world, but also the ways in which we interpret the past.

'Composition 1' by Sara LudyComposition 1, Sara Ludy, digital edition, HD video, 2012

Looking outwards from the body and into the landscape, Ryan Whittier Hale and Sara Ludy create serene environments for quiet contemplation. In Hale’s work a craggy landscape undulates like an ocean, creating a soothing and majestically transient space. Ludy, however, opts for a flattening of the land into an 2D image of overgrown grass plastered along a labyrinthian structure. As we side-scroll through the walls, imperfect geometric forms loom into view emanating ominous yet seductive tones. The space created by both works create a kind of diode for the ways in which digital technology is modifying and changing our perspective of nature. On the one hand, we see it as an abundantly rich environment in Hale’s work; on the other we see it only as a backdrop to house our built world.

'Alien Sonata' by Jonathan MonaghanAlien Sonata, Jonathan Monaghan, digital edition, HD video, 2014

The saturation and opulence that comes with contemporary technology is put front and center for the work of Shane Mecklenburger and Jonathan Monaghan. Both artists deal with the iconography of wealth, access, and luxury within their video work. Mecklenburger focusses on the decadence of the precisely cut diamond, multiplying the object into an unsettling menagerie of glamour. Monaghan creates densely constructed and puzzling environments that borrow iconography from Baroque royalty. The extravagance of each artists work asks viewers to consider the iconography of our time, questioning how we value objects and brands while reveling in the absurdity of abundan

'Ceremonial Chamber Liquid Hand' by MSHR
Ceremonial Chamber Liquid Hand, MSHR, digital edition, hi-res image, 2013

This abundance is measured against an introspectiveness that occurs within the work of MSHR (an art collective including artists Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper), and Katie Torn. This contemplative spirit is approached through the creation of meditative abstract spaces that borrow from representations of landscape, architecture, and the body. Murphy’s dense environments resemble totems, shamanistic talismans, and temples that appear to come from an ancient and alien civilisation. The unique symbolism found within Murphy’s 3D renderings read as a language all on their own, spelling out a new mysticism and ritual vernacular for 21st century cybernetic culture. Torn’s semi-sculptural 3D animation, Vacation, presents the viewer with what appears first as a formal study for a speculative beach house. However, as viewers rotate around the object in this video, the built space mutates and shifts to become an entirely different structure that drastically differs from the initial vantage point. As a result, the structure becomes more than merely a collage of architectural motifs, and begins to take on it’s own distinct language and tone.

The collection overall presents a group of artists that use 3D technologies and contemporary digital imaging to complicate the ways in which these tools have become pervasive in our daily lives. As a result, the artists curated in this collection share a common desire in examining the ways in which Romantic contemplation, abstraction, poetic irony, and exploration of the body can become prescient, powerful, and meaningful gestures within a current digital culture.

The New Romantics is currently on at Eyebeam from 17 April – 10 May 2014. The collection will launch on Sedition on 8th May 2014 and and at the closing reception of the exhibition during Frieze New York. Eyebeam is located at 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011.

Follow Eyebeam on Sedition to receive an invitation to the 24-hour online private view: http://www.seditionart.com/eyebeam

Nicholas O’Brien the co-curator of The New Romantics exhibition at Eyebeam along with Katie Torn and Claudia Hart. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Sedition x Eyebeam Presents: The New Romantics Collection

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Ryan Whittier Hale, Shifting Landscape, digital edition, 2014

Sedition has partnered with Eyebeam, Art & Technology Centre in New York to present The New Romantics Collection. The collection includes exclusive artworks by artists in The New Romantics exhibition curated by Claudia Hart, Nicholas O’Brien, and Katie Torn that opens at Eyebeam from 17 April – 10 May 2014. The collection will launch on Sedition on 8th May 2014 and at the closing reception of the exhibition during Frieze New York.

The New Romantics is an exhibition and collection exploring the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism. By drawing equivalences between then and now, this exhibition identifies a critical precedent for artists today that are responding to their ever changing technological environment. Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the information revolution.

The New Romantics presents a unique selection of works by artists not based on formal similarities, but on expressive affinities. By employing a myriad of contemporary techniques – including digital fabrication, 3D simulation, software-based collage, video game engines, and peer to peer networking tools – the artists in the collection expose an underlying thread of individual expression that extends beyond mere tech-fetishism.

The New Romantics Collection includes work by artists: Tim Berresheim, Ryan Whittier Hale, Claudia Hart, Sophie Kahn, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, MSHR and Katie Torn.

The closing reception will take place 8th May at 6-9pm at Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011.

Follow Eyebeam on Sedition to receive an invitation to the 24-hour online private view: seditionart.com/eyebeam

Digital Artworks In Your Hotel Room: citizenM Hotel Opens in Times Square New York

citizenM the boutique luxury hotel opens a new branch in Times Square, New York this month. The hotel has existing locations in Amsterdam, Glasgow and London, New York, Rotterdam and soon Paris and welcomes the ‘mobile citizens of the world’ to experience their uniquely designed space.

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Sedition is proud to present a curated selection of artworks that are available to display an enjoy on TVs and tablets in each of the hotel rooms. The citizenM Collection includes works by world renowned contemporary artists.

The works in the collection include:
Tracey Emin – I Promise To Love You
Bharti Kher – Symphony
Mark Titchner – Love & Work
Matt Collishaw – Burning Flower
Matt Pyke – Transfiguration
Tim Noble & Sue Webster – Electric Fountain
Mustafa Hulusi – Extasis
Angelo Plessas – Portrait 4
Doug Foster – Veil of Light

Watch an amusing love story animation by stop-motion filmmaker, PES to announce the opening of the hotel.

Visit citizenM located at Times Square, 218 West 50th Street, New York City, and enjoy works from Sedition right in the luxury of your hotel room.