Archive for February, 2017

Sedition Guide To Armory Show 2017

Casey Reas, ToxScreen-0000020010, 2014, Print, 69 cm x 122 cm, DAM Gallery

A key event in the art industry calendar, the Armory Show brings together influential 20th and 21st Century artworks in the industrial setting of Piers 92 and 94 in New York. The fair is accompanied by a programme of events and openings across New York as part of Armory Arts Week. In this guide we’ll highlight the key destinations for anyone with a digital art focus.

The Show

The 2017 Armory Show synthesises 20th and 21st Century works into one expansive exhibition and programme. The gallery booths are accompanied by tailored segments including Presents, which showcases young galleries and emerging artists; Insights, which focuses on 20th Century works; and Platform, which brings large-scale and site specific artworks and installations to the Armory.

Talks

The Armory’s varied 2017 programme of talks includes discussions with artists including Renzo Martens and Studio Drift, as well as panel discussions covering themes from gallery architecture to art collecting in the digital age. The following discussions, taking place at the Theater, are must-sees for those interested in digital art.


What’s Technology Got to Do with It? Art in the Digital Age – 3 March, 4pm

Artists Shiva Ahmadi, Charles Atlas, and Marilyn Minter speak to Thomas Allen Harris, Founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions. The discussion is moderated by Barbara London, Founder and former Curator of the Video and Media collection at The Museum of Modern Art.

Conversations on Collecting | Collecting Digital: Art, Technology, Preservation and Posterity – 4 March, 1pm

In a discussion presented by Athena Art Finance and moderated by Erica Barrish of EAB Fine Art Services, artists, collectors and curators including Rhizome’s Artistic Director Michael Connor discuss the new trajectories and possibilities made available to art collectors by the advent of digital technologies.

Armory Arts Week

Each year the Armory show is accompanied by an expanding programme of satellite events. While visiting New York this week, make time to check out as many external art fairs as you can – highlights include Volta, Scope, Pulse, Clio, the Moving Image Art Fair and the ADAA Fair. We recommend visiting Moving Image Art Fair, whose exhibitors include Claudia Hart and Rick Silva represented by TRANSFER Gallery and Casey Reas represented by DAM Gallery.

Armory Show, 2-5 March 2017, Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York

Sedition, Subject Matter Present Becoming, Exhibition Of Emerging Artist Print And Video

From 22 February to 3 March 2017 the artworks of a group of emerging artists studying at the Royal College of Art will be presented in Becoming, an exhibition organised by Subject Matter and Sedition.

Early career practitioners studying at the RCA schools of Fine Art and Communication were invited to propose artworks responding to the theme of Becoming. A group of artists working across print and digital media were chosen to take part in the exhibition, which takes place at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery, by a judging panel including Subject Matter’s Liezel Strauss, Sedition’s Rory Blain and Michael Turco from the Royal College of Art. 

All exhibited artworks are available to purchase in limited editions, either as photographic prints or as digital limited editions on Sedition. The artists whose work is being presented on Sedition are Aki Pao-Chen Chiu, Georgi Stamenov, Sarah Howe, Anna Ridler and Yao Cong. All proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund.

While the theme of Becoming was framed primarily in terms of becoming an artist, there is an inherent fluidity to the term which led to artistic responses which engaged with a wide range of themes, from gender and identity politics to Artificial Intelligence and the construction of language. Locations, temporalities, identities are connected through the process of becoming, and connections and overlaps can be found between the artworks in the exhibition.

Alongside the exhibition, Sedition, Subject Matter and the RCA present a series of talks at Somerset House and RCA. The talk series focuses on the important role of art collecting and on how to adapt collecting in the digital age.

 

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
Click here to purchase your ticket.

#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.