This year has been an incredible year for Sedition. Our team has been hard at work building new presences for digital editions in the real world and expanding the platform with new boundary-pushing artists and artworks. We are keen to unearth the latest developments at the intersection of art and technology. For our 2015 Year In Review, we look back at highlights including a solo exhibition by FIELD featuring wearable VR sculptures and the first Sedition displays in museum gift shops – allowing people to purchase digital editions as gift cards bringing digital art collecting to a wider audience in places near you.
Sedition Gift Cards + Museum Shop Displays
In 2015, Sedition has introduced displays into museum gift shops for selling physical gift cards in select museums and institutions in the UK and internationally. The aim of the initiative, is to bring digital editions to you as beautifully packaged gift cards to introduce art lovers to the concept of collecting digital art and to engage with audiences with Sedition in the real world.
Earlier in the year we partnered with Düsseldorf’s Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast to present 17 digital editions by Wim Wenders as gift card for the artist’s’ major retrospective exhibition, 4 Real & True 2 to celebrate his 70th birthday. We released two new digital editions In Eastern Germanyand Drive-In At Night for the show for which all proceeds benefit the museum.
We also worked with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to present digital editions by Bob and Roberta Smith and Bill Viola – both of whom have major exhibitions in the park in Wakefield that are still open for viewing. Bob & Roberta Smith’s open air exhibition Art For All is on until 3 January 2016 and Bill Viola’s comprehensive retrospective is on until 10 April 2016 in the Underground Gallery and Chapel. At The Atkinson in Southport a range of digital editions by renowned contemporary artists are available as gift cards from the gift shop including works by Tracey Emin who has previously presented a solo exhibition Love Is In The Air (2013) at the gallery. At Blenheim Palace, Sedition offers a digital edition by Lawrence Weiner for the artist’s solo show Within A Realm Of Distance. Most recently, Sedition is offering gift cards of Peter Newman’s new series the Dial Collection inclusive of three digital editions at his solo exhibition, Subterranean Blues at CNB Gallery (beneath Mark Hix’s Tramshed restaurant in Shoreditch). The exhibition is on now until 14 February 2016.
In 2016, we will continue to roll-out our displays to make digital editions available in gift shops near including at the Royal Academy in London. We are also offering the Gift Cards for sale online for a gift that can be delivered to your door. Visit our Gift Card page to find all editions available as gift cards (limited supply!) or look for the gift card button on selected artwork pages.
Earlier in March 2015, Sedition was invited to present works as part of Eindhoven’s STRP Biennale as part of the Silent Cinema programme. The collection, curated by festival director Angelique Spaninks, featuring works by artists including Doug Foster, Memo Akten, Angelo Plessas and Cheng Ran. For the biennale, Sedition also released a new edition Parallels by Paris-based light installation and audiovisual performance artists, NONOTAK.
In May, Sedition presented a solo exhibition of works by FIELD at The Hospital Club in Covent Gardens. The exhibition, Violescence, brought together digital prints, wearable sculptures and animations by the prolific digital art studio. Central to Violescence was Quasar, a series of wearable sculptures using Oculus Rift VR headsets to give a unique immersive interactive experience. Violescence explores both the physical and digital representations of an imagined near future. Watch an interview with the artists about the show:
London Design Festival
As part of the London Design Festival in September, Sedition presented a pop-up exhibition of works in Pimlico, London, sponsored by Grosvenor Property Group. Artworks by Gordon Cheung, Tracey Emin, Lee Lee Nam and others were presented on high resolution Samsung screens, allowing visitors a chance to explore the digital editions of art in physical space. Part of local event Designed in SW1, the exhibition brought to Pimlico an interesting contrast with the more traditional exhibitions more frequently seen in the area.
Ryoichi Kurokawa Kickstarter
In December, FACT Liverpool launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the final stages of an ambitious project by Ryoichi Kurokawa. Sedition is proud to be supporting the development of the new project unfold which renders data from molecular clouds in space into an immersive audiovisual installation. Back the project by pledging £50, £75 or £150 to receive one or all three digital editions from Kurokawa’s syn_ collection along with rewards including exclusive exhibition tours, priority tickets to his performance and limited edition prints and tote bags.
The past year has been a whirlwind, and we are looking forward to exciting future developments in 2016 with new features including a brand new iOS app, launch of the Sedition Art Stream and new iPad frames to allow you to display your works in your home in a elegant frame. Watch this space for more news coming soon.