Archive for December, 2015

Sedition Year in Review 2015

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

 

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Sedition museum shop display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

 

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.

STRP Biennale

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.

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Parallels by NONOTAK is available to view on Sedition

FIELD: Violescence

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.

Sedition works on display at Gallery 57

Sedition works on display at Gallery 57

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.

Ryoichi Kurokawa's 'syn_' collection, available on Sedition

Ryoichi Kurokawa’s syn_ collection, available on Sedition

 

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.

 

Online Exhibition Spaces: The Wrong Biennale

Until 31 January, exhibitions across the world have been co-ordinated to form the programme  of The Wrong Biennale, a festival taking place as a network of galleries and artists presenting work online and IRL (in-real-life) in various cities and locations. This year marks the second incarnation of the festival, which is described by founder David Quiles Guilló as “the largest and most comprehensive digital art biennale today” and which is certainly timely given the proliferation of online exhibitions over the past few years.

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‘Shiva’s Dreaming (Crystal Palace)’ by Lawrence Lek on Sedition

 

So what is an online exhibition? For those unfamiliar, the concept may seem bizarre. How does The Wrong relate to other site-specific biennales like Manifesta, digitally-inclined institutions like the Rijksmuseum, and online exhibition platforms like Google Art Projects? The discussion of online exhibition spaces could extend to the digital practices of museums, to online platforms for art video streaming, to online archives to residencies and instagram ‘takeovers’ – all presenting possibilities for presenting art online. How does one approach and understand an online exhibition when the forms of such presentations vary so vastly? What does it mean when online and ‘IRL’ / physical environments combine into an exhibition? This post will survey three current exhibitions in The Wrong Biennale that feature the work of Sedition artists who engage with the internet as a medium. In doing so, we will discuss the forms and possibilities for  online exhibition ‘spaces’.

Equalizer

Equalizer is an exhibition presented as part of The Wrong Biennale. It is an app which presents a virtual space, within which are located ten sound works. The architect of this virtual space is Lawrence Lek, and artists include Mira Calix, Ain Bailey and Victor Timofeev.

One of the great things about internet art and online galleries is that it creates new spaces for work which previously sat uneasily in physical gallery spaces. Sound and video art have often challenged – and been challenged by – physical space. Online galleries can create specialised environments which present such works in new ways which are perhaps more suited to media dealing with temporalities and silences.

DiMoDa

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Claudia Hart’s work on display IRL at Transfer Gallery as part of DiMoDa. Image via DiMoDa

 

Also in conjunction with The Wrong is DiMoDa (The Digital Museum of Digital Art) a preeminent virtual institution and a virtual reality exhibition platform taking place both online and IRL and featuring artists including Claudia Hart, Tim Berresheim and Jacolby Satterwhite. The exhibition, presented by Transfer Gallery, brings online space and physical space into jarring, exploratory contact. DiMoDa also looks in creative ways at the Oculus Rift in creating platforms for experiencing art in a virtual space to bring new uses and applications to the new technology. Artists are asking questions and challenging / testing the boundaries of the latest innovation trends that are currently being thought of in very narrow terms.

Crystallised Skins

Featuring artists including Zeitguised, Katie Torn, Brenna Murphy, Alex McLeod, Quayola, Geoffrey Lillemon and Andreas Nicholas Fischer, Crystallised Skins is an online platform featured in The Wrong Biennale. The aim of the virtual pavilion is to present works through a composite of frames; rather than being an individual object or entity each work is defined by several presentations.

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‘Drawforest’ by Alex McLeod – artwork available on Sedition

 

With the spread of computer literacy has come a realisation that behind what one sees on the computer screen is far more complicated than the interface would have you believe. Programming languages are numerous and specific enough to be comparable to spoken languages. As digital media in different formats makes increasing contact with our daily interactions, artists are increasingly looking to address the relative lack of understanding of the processes behind the artwork, and revealing the 3D design models for creating digital animated works.

In presenting works as complexities to be interrogated rather than simply observed, Crystallised Skins hopes to give them a different historicity, one which acknowledges the impact of ‘artwork as a composite of processes’ on distributing images and formulating identities. Of course, artwork which reflects on its own ontology is nothing new, and Crystallised Skins maintains a clear link with history, explaining that “now, in our digital age, a generation exists that is surrounded by copies, appropriations and remixes without questioning the origin of an idea. So this collection of virtual objects is extending upon the historic trajectory of the physical libraries, spanning an artistic heritage of centuries.”

Rethinking Virtual Spaces

Ian Cheng's upcoming digital commission at the Serpentine.  Image: Serpentine Galleries

Ian Cheng’s upcoming digital commission at the Serpentine. Image: Serpentine Galleries

 

One of the bewildering things about exploring online galleries is that these are websites which misbehave. The online gallery has some parallels with physical gallery spaces which, because of the practicalities of installation and deinstallation, are continually restructured and never quite predictable. A browse through The Wrong or any of its virtual pavilions will show that there is very little of the predictable about the online space. From design (headers, page layouts, fonts) to functionalities (what happens when you click or scroll; how menus and submenus work), every component of an online space is liable to be subverted. Like in a physical space you can build and paint the walls, adjust the lighting and arrange the furnishings within a space. More and more we will see the virtual and physical spaces collapse into one to be taken for creative curation of works both online and offline.

Contemporary art lovers will no doubt be encountering online and virtual spaces – in various forms – more often. Indeed major galleries and institutions now present digital projects and platforms; notably, Serpentine Galleries’ digital commissions by Ian Cheng, Guggenheim’s first online exhibition Azone and Gazelli Art House’s new online residency platform Gazell.io. You can also consider Sedition as part of your personal online exhibition space where you can curate and display works on screens in your home.

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Introducing Sedition Gift Cards

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Sedition is pleased to introduce a range of Gift Cards for selected artworks available as a beautifully packaged gift delivered right to your friend or loved one’s door.

In the past year, we’ve developed a range of gift cards available for sale in a number of museums and institutions in the UK and internationally. Find our displays current in the gift shops of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Atkinson Museum, Blenheim Palace and Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf. As an alternative option to gifting an edition via email, we are offering members the chance to purchase and gift the editions as gift cards that we have offered in the museum shops – making our Gift Cards the perfect thing to put under a tree or gift directly by hand IRL (in-real-life).

At Sedition, we see the value of real world interaction where we are exploring the gifting and experience of digital art both online and offline. To gift a digital edition from Sedition as a physical gift card, simply explore our Gift Card page for the selected artworks we have available as gift cards (limited supply only), or look for the Buy Gift Card button on the artwork page.

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In addition to our artwork gift cards, we are also offering a number of stored value gift cards, which lets the recipient choose their gifts for amounts from £10, £25, £50 and £100, which they can spend on any artwork(s) from Sedition.

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Buying a Gift Card

Once you’ve selected the gift card that you want click ‘Buy Gift Card’, the gift card will be added to your cart. Note you’ll need to create an account on Sedition before you can purchase any artworks – doing so takes less than a minute and is free.

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To purchase the gift card, go to your cart by clicking on the cart icon at the top of the page. A standard fee of $8.00 will be added for postage and packaging to anywhere in the world.

Click Proceed to Checkout. Add a personal message, which will be printed and packaged along with your gift card, and enter the delivery address. Your gift card will be dispatched within 2 working days using regular snail mail (we don’t take responsibility for the postal service, so please ensure you get your orders with enough time for delivery from the UK!). Enter your card and billing details to complete the purchase. You will receive a receipt via email.
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Redeeming Your Gift Card

Once your gift card has been received, to redeem the gift card simply:

  • Go to seditionart.com/redeem
  • Login or create an account
  • Scratch off the back of the card to reveal the code. Enter the code and click ‘Redeem’
  • Go to your Vault to enjoy the artwork on any TV, tablet and smartphone or download our free apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Samsung Smart TV.

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If you have any problems with your order or redeeming your gift card, contact us at: support@seditionart.com or +44 (0)3214 9955.

Sedition Gift Ideas: Give a digital artwork this holiday season

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This holiday season we invite you to explore our gift guides, each featuring a selection of works specially curated under the following themes: 3D animation, drawing, audiovisual and conceptual art. Browse our gift ideas and start your friend or loved one’s digital art collection today.

Do you have a friend who spends all their spare time visiting galleries and would love to have a collection of their own? Do you have a family member who spends an inordinate amount of time reading and talking about new technologies and developments in new media? Give an artwork or collection as a gift and introduce them to a world of digital limited edition art. Discover artworks for all kinds of art lovers.

As a platform for contemporary and digital art, we have worked closely with artists to release original works by world renowned artists including Tracey Emin, Wang Qingsong, Mat Collishaw, Lee Lee Nam and many more. Each digital limited edition comes with a certificate of authenticity that is signed by the artist and Sedition. Collectors can view their artworks on any TV, tablet or smartphone by logging into their Sedition account through the browser or using one of our free iPhone/iPad, Android and Samsung Smart TV apps. Become a member for free and follow artists to gain access to the latest news and upcoming exhibitions.

To purchase an artwork as a gift on Sedition, simply:

  • Select an artwork or collection
  • Click the ‘Send As Gift’ button and enter the recipient’s email address twice
  • Add a personal message and set the delivery date to 25 December

Your gift will be sent via email as an inspiring gift for holiday season.

You can explore our full range of curated gift collections on our gift page. Meanwhile here are our seasonal suggestions:

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3D ANIMATION
Drawforest / Alex McLeod / £16
Composition 1 / Sara Ludy / £12
Alien Sonata / Jonathan Monaghan / £12
Cloud, Candy I / Zeitguised / £22
Miracle or Evil / Shezad Dawood / £32

 

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DRAWING
After Twombly…One Evening / Idris Khan / £22
245 Drops / Sui Jianguo / £10
This Is My Favourite Little Bird / Tracey Emin / £53
The Difference Between (Idiots and Angels) / Michael Joo / £33
Mutated Swamp Girl / David Choe / £10

 

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AUDIOVISUAL
Falling Forward / Scanner / £25
OCP/ Mitch Stratten / £28
Reincarnation / AES+F / £53
Veil of Light / Doug Foster / £20
Presence 2.1 / Universal Everything / £33

 

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CONCEPTUAL ART
Extinction / Mustafa Hulusi / £16
The Sky Moves / Lawrence Weiner / £53
Paolo Cirio / Open Society Structures / £16
Painting To Shake Hands / Yoko Ono / £132
Art Makes Children Powerful / Bob and Roberta Smith / £16

 

If you’d like to gift an artwork but aren’t sure which, you can also treat somebody to a stored value Sedition Gift Card.
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Part 2: Sedition Recommends: Miami Art Week Satellite Fairs

During Art Basel, Miami becomes a hive of cultural activity as institutions, collectives, artists, curators and other industry professionals organise events of diverse type and scale across the city.

The Untitled art fair is one of the larger satellite events and this year showcases work from 119 galleries including bitforms, where work by Sara Ludy, Jonathan Monaghan and Quayola is displayed, and Galerie Ron Mandos, where works by Isaac Julien is among those exhibited. Isaac Julien discusses the process behind some of his multiscreen works with collaborators Adam Finch and Andy Cowtown on 4 December. Tracey Emin is among exhibitors at Denis Garderin Gallery, while a series of chairs at Untitled is presented by Lawrence Weiner.

Jonathan Monaghan's 'Robot Ninja' is available as digital edition at seditionart.com

Jonathan Monaghan’s Robot Ninja is available as digital edition at seditionart.com

 

Other major art fairs taking place during the week are Art Miami Art Fair and its sister fairs Context Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami, which focus on supporting the work of emerging artists. Among the exhibitions presented at Art Miami is a display by Gazelli Art House (Booth C10) featuring Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank’s ‘Light Echoes’ series. Other artists presenting work at Art Miami Art Fair include Michael Craig-Martin and Mat Collishaw.

Satellite fairs worth a visit during Miami Art Week also include NADA, whose focus is on fostering the development of international emerging artists and practices, and Scope, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary. The newest event to the scene is Satellite Art Fair which follows an alternative exhibition format and brings to Miami TRANSFER Gallery’s DiMoDa featuring work from Claudia Hart and Tim Berresheim.

Claudia Hart's 'Les Petites Romantiques' collection, available on Sedition

Claudia Hart’s Les Petites Romantiques collection, available on Sedition

 

A number of interventions and events are also happening at Delano Hotel where Gazelli Art House presents a performative take on portraiture, Alpha-Ation by Walter and Zoniel, which profiles A-Listers using a hand built camera. Meanwhile design pieces created from Ron Arad’s collaboration with Italian designers Moroso furnishes the Design Escape lounge at Miami Ironside.

Sedition is pleased to offer a wide range of digital editions by leading contemporary artists including those featuring works in and around Art Basel Miami. Collect and enjoy digital artworks at affordable prices for display on TV, tablets and smartphones and re-sell the works once the editions have sold out on our Trade platform. Discover artists, artworks and collections on Sedition at http://www.seditionart.com/artworks/popular/desc/curated.

'Echoes of Toki' #3 by Walter and Zoniel: via seditionart.com

‘Echoes of Toki’ #3 by Walter and Zoniel: via seditionart.com

Untitled
2-6 December 2015
Ocean Drive and 12th Street,
South Beach, Miami, FL
www.art-untitled.com/

Art Miami
1-6 December 2015
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL
http://www.artmiamifair.com/

CONTEXT Art Miami
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL
http://www.contextartmiami.com/

Aqua Art Miami
2-6 December 2015
1530 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
http://www.aquaartmiami.com/

Scope Art
1-6 December 2015
801 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL
https://scope-art.com/

New Art Dealers’ Alliance
3-5 December 2015
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
www.newartdealers.org/

Satellite Show
1-6 December 2015
Various locations, Miami Beach, FL
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