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.
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:
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.
Sedition at ISEA2016
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.
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.
Shezah Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film II
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.
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.
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.
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.