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Digicult’s Marco Mancuso Interviews Sedition

Sedition was recently interviewed by Digicult, the online cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and applied sciences on art, design, culture and contemporary society. Digicult is founded and directed by italian art critic and curator Marco Mancuso who spoke to Sedition about our artists, aims and art on screens. The full article ‘Sedition. The platform that is changing the contemporary art market‘ can be read on the Digicult website. Below are excerpts from the interview.

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Marco Mancuso: What is most surprising is the growing number of digital artists involved in the project. Some of the most important and well known artists at global level are in your catalogues: From Ryoji Ikeda to Aaron Koblin, Herman Kolgen to Claudia Hart, Zimoun, Scanner, Kurokawa, Mark Amerika, Casey Reas, Lia. Why did such important artists decide to join your project? Not to mention very important artists of the contemporary art world such as Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, Boltanski, Bill Viola and Wim Wenders…

Sedition: We’ve been very fortunate in regards to the artists’ response – they like what we are doing and are as excited as we are at the prospect of reaching a whole new audience for contemporary art! Our goal is to make a selection of some of the best art pieces and the most exciting artists working today available to our collectors – some of these are well known figures of the contemporary art scene, others are highly regarded for their work in digital or media art. We’re excited about the possible dialogues between artists from different spheres.

Marco Mancuso: It seems that you tend to focus on artworks and artists that work mainly in visual art and/or audiovisual  creation. From data visualization to generative art, from graphic animations to still images. The media is basically stills or videos. Is there a pure technical reason connected to the devices you work with (screens, tablets, monitors, mobiles) or do you think the market of collectors is more interested in such artworks rather than other screen artworks (Internet art, interactive media, movies and so on)?

Sedition: Sedition currently only supports videos and image stills. We would really like to support generative artworks and interactive works as well, but there are many technical challenges to have interactive artworks or apps compatible across all devices. It is something we are considering for the future development of Sedition. Our aim is to be able to support all kinds of digital artworks.

Marco Mancuso: Sedition is also working as a sort of online platform, presenting and connecting artists, collectors and museums. You’ve developed special projects with some museums (The Eyebeam for example) while giving collectors the chance to see their collection appreciate in value as other collectors move the market, building up their private collections of digital artworks, selling and trading original limited editions. Do you also consider Sedition as a virtual plaza for a new business collection economy on contemporary art?

Sedition: Yes we see Sedition as a vibrant online community for selling, collecting and trading digital limited edition artworks. We develop partnerships with museums to help increase awareness of their exhibition programs and the exhibitions of artists we are working with. We also offer museums the chance to fundraise with digital editions sold in the gift shop. We have developed an on-site display and Sedition Gift Cards for this. We want to bring Sedition also into physical spaces for sale in gift shops, but artworks continue to be experienced digitally on screens.

Marco Mancuso: Finally, the main question. Why should a collector buy an artwork to be seen on a screen? Especially small screens like tablets or mobile? Considering the original habit of such artists and artworks, looking also at concepts as immersivity, synthesis and sensorial experience. How could Sedition give the collectors such a deep emotive experience using such devices?

Sedition: Screens are ubiquitous today. Everyone now owns at least one or two smart phones, tablets or TVs in their home. It is about embracing the idea that artworks can be taken with you anywhere you go, and can be viewed on any device. The ideal ‘digital canvas’ for viewing works from Sedition is the TV. It is like thinking about your TV as a picture frame for art in your home where works can be changed at any time. Smart phones and tablets tend to be the mobile way to experience and manage your collection, but large screens and projections are perhaps the best way to view the works at home.

Sedition 2014 A Year in Review

Sedition has had an amazing year in 2014 with the launch incredible new artists and collections, international exhibitions in Munich, Barcelona, Hong Kong, London and Miami and new initiatives supporting charities. Read below for our 2014 year in review. We are looking forward to new exciting collaborations, exhibitions and artists launching in 2015!

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In January, Sedition was invited to showcase works at UNPAINTED the first art fair dedicated to Media Art fair in Munich, Germany. Sedition presented artworks at a booth and participated on a panel with artist Kim Asendorf and Philippe Riss (xpo gallery, Paris) and others. A selection of works from Sedition were streamed online on IKONO during the fair. Read more ›

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The New Romantics Collection/ Eyebeam
Sedition partnered with Eyebeam, Art and Technology Center in New York to launch a collection of 9 artists as part of the New Romantics exhibition. The New Romantics Collection explores ways in which contemporary artists use digital media to engage the body, represent nature, utilise poetic irony and deal with issues of individuality – as originally expressed in 19th century Romanticism. The collection includes works by international artists including: Tim Berresheim, Ryan Whittier Hale, Claudia Hart, Sophie Kahn, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, MSHR and Katie Torn.

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The Déjà Vu Collection / LEAP and iArt
Sedition partnered with LEAP, the Chinese art magazine and iArt, the digital edition of the Art Newspaper China to launch the Déjà Vu Collection, a collection of 5 young Chinese artists working in moving images at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. For the launch, Sedition translated our website and apps in Chinese and implemented a new payment system to accept payments from China using Alipay. View photos from the launch event. Read more 

The Hospital Club / Curated Exhibitions

Throughout 2014, Sedition partnered with the Hospital Club, hub and private members club for creative industries in London to present a series of exhibitions. Over the year Sedition curated and present 3 exhibitions:

Universal Everything / Solo-exhibition of recent works
In May, Sedition presented a solo exhibition of recent works by Universal Everything featuring 3D printed sculptures, mobile apps, interactive pieces and brand new editions from Sedition. For the event, Universal Everything launched 50 unique iterations of their piece Walking City Citizens where on one edition was available of each. All 50 iterations sold out almost immediately, but are now available for sale on Sedition Trade. Watch an interview with creative director, Matt Pyke discussing the show.

New Horizons / Exhibition
In July, Sedition presented New Horizons, a group show of works from Sedition by some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists. The exhibition featured digital editions by Elmgreen & Dragset, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, AES + F, Jenny Holzer, Lee Lee Nam and also Isaac Julien. Works were displayed on the latest curved OLED and Ultra HD 4K screns from LG electronics. Sedition presented new Gift Cards for sale for each of the artworks in the show.

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Women In Digital / Exhibition and talk
In October during Frieze Week as the art world descends upon London, Sedition presented a specially curated exhibition title Women In Digital featuring female artists working at the forefront of art and technology. The exhibition included several new works, and works not released on Sedition from international artists including: LIA (Austria), FIELD (UK), Sophie Kahn (UK/AU), Sara Ludy (US), Fang Lu (China), Katie Torn (US), Claudia Hart (US), Sougwen Chung (US/Canada), Marion Tampon-Lajarriette (Switzerland), and new to Sedition artist Shu Lea Cheang (US/France). A special talk with artists Vera-Maria Glahn (FIELD), Marion Tampon-Lajarriette and curator Nora O’ Murchú took place to discuss their work and also issues of representation in the field. Watch a video of the talk.

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Sonar / MarketLab / Exhibition
Sedition was invited to present works in the MarketLab section of Sonar, festival of advance music and new media art in Barcelona. Sedition launched a new work by contemporary art studio Zeitguised and presented an exhibition of digital artworks from Sedition. Read more ›

Jeremy Deller / Own Art & The Space / Free Digital Edition
Sedition partnered with Own Art and The Space, the BBC and Arts Council supported online platform for presenting and commissioning digital art. For the 10th anniversary of Own Art and the relaunch of The Space in the summer, Sedition presented a special digital edition by Jeremy Deller which include 100 different images from his animated piece, We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold, 2014. The editions are available for free to members of and people who sign up to Own Art and The Space newsletters. To claim your free edition, visit: https://www.seditionart.com/own-art-jeremy-deller

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Nuit Blanche Video / Exhibition
For the second year of Nuit Blanche Video in London, Sedition contributed works by Isaac Julien, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin and Elmgreen & Dragset. For one night around Mayfair and Central London, visitors of the event visited galleries and store fronts in the area to enjoy a highly curated selection of video art by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Read more ›

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Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts / Charity Auction
Sedition donated two works by Elmgreen & Dragset and Damien Hirst to the Be Inspired charity auction at the Saatchi Gallery in London to support the Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts. Sedition also offered a selection of Gift Cards for their raffle to help raise funds to support the cause. Overall, Sedition raised over £4900 for the charity and continues to support the cause of the holidays. Donate £30 now and receive a Sedition Gift Card for a digital edition by a renowned contemporary artist.

Artwise – Here Today… / Charity Exhibition
Sedition contributes a work by Tracey Emin to the Here Today… exhibition in London marking 50 years of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The large-scale exhibition also featured works by artists George Condo, Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk, United Visual Artists, Douglas Gordon, Julian Opie, and many others. A selection of Sedition Gift Cards were for sale in the exhibition gift shop with a percentage of proceeds going to support the environmental organisation. Read more 

Corporate Collections
This year, Sedition has placed several corporate collections in a number of hotels and venues internationally. Curated collections have been placed in EDITION Hotels London and Miami, Citizen M Hotel in New York Times Square. Sedition also partnered with RekRoom Productions in Miami to present displays of works at the 1826 Restaurant & Lounge on Miami Beach including a display by Zeitguised during Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

 

Sedition at Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 approaches in December with another showcase of leading contemporary artworks from galleries around the world. Marc Spiegler, Director of Art Basel, says: “Since it was founded twelve years ago, the Miami Beach show has ranked as the most important art fair in the Americas”. The show attracts artists, collectors and professionals from across the globe. Sedition is pleased to see artists from our platform present during these high times in Miami. Look out for works by Sedition artists with our picks for the week in Miami. Don’t miss us while we’re in town.

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Zeitguised / Digital Art Exhibition 

Sedition presents a new work by Zeitguised at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge just steps away from the Miami Beach Convention Centre from 3-7 December. Sedition will present Cloud II, Walls created by Zeitguised, Berlin contemporary art studio. A homage to Daniel Libeskind’s early drawing work “micromegas” Cloud II, Walls builds tension between an uncontrolled catastrophe and the controlled, abstract and clean environment of the engineer’s drawing space. The piece makes it accessible to think of the two realms as one, the possibility of failure with the assertion of control and the beauty of generating the artefact within.

Cloud II, Walls will be launched as a digital edition on seditionart.com on 4 December, 2014. Clouds II, Walls will be displayed alongside further works from the artist throughout 1826 Restaurant & Lounge from 6:00pm-3:00am daily, where art lovers can ignite their senses by taking in digital art, music and fine dining for duration of the fair. Follow Zeitguised on Sedition to receive an invitation to the online private view.

Find us at:
3-7 December 2014, 6:00pm-3:00am daily
1826 Restaurant & Lounge - 1826 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
Please RSVP for entry: marketing@seditionart.com

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Walter Hugo & Zoniel / Site-Specific Installation

Walter Hugo and Zoniel also present their site-specific installation ‘The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living‘ during Art Basel Miami Beach. Their digital collection on Sedition Echoes of Toki is derived from the original piece that was displayed in Gazelli Art House and in Toxteth, Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial.

For Miami the artists installThe Physical Possibility of Inspiring… as a temporary, large scale site specific installation located in Buenavista East, which explores the idea of art within a public space. For this project, the shutters of the destitute house located in Buenavista will anonymously open every evening from sunset to sunrise, emanating light and revealing tanks of jellyfish filling the space within. The psychedelic display, intended to have a discordant presence and intrigue the local residents has opened silently for the community to discover with its location remaining unknown to the public until its official launch on 1 December 2014, thus allowing natural word of mouth within the community to generate interest, and ownership of the project.

As part of the durational site-specific project, Gazelli Art House will live-stream a video from within the tanks at SELECT MIAMI (7200-7300 Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida) from 2-7 December 2014, where viewers will be able to see through the tanks into the streets of the Miami suburb, revealing a virtual corridor between the two disparate sites.

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Fluorescent Lights by Brian Alfred

Brian Alfred / Large-scale Video Projection

This year, Brian Alfred has been invited to present video piece Under Thunder And Fluorescent Lights for Art Basel Miami’s film programme. The work will be presented both inside the Miami Beach Convention Center and outside on a 7000-square-foot projection wall of the Frank Gehry designed New World Center in SoundScape Park. The animation is scored in collaboration with band Storm & Stress. A screening of the film will take place on Saturday, 6 December at 9pm as part of the The Magic of Things programme also featuring David Shrigley, Takeshi Murata, Robin Rhode, Mark Wallinger, Cecile B Evans and others.

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Nicholas Sassoon, Sara Ludy & Sylvain Sailly / Wallpapers 

w-a-l-l-p-a-p-e-r-s.net is an online and offline computer generated catalog that features digital desktop wallpapers initiated by Sedition artists Nicolas Sassoon and Sara Ludy, and their collaborator Sylvain Sailly. The artists present their project in partnership with Artsy for the NADA Miami Beach art fair running in parallel to Art Basel Miami Beach. The artists will take over the Artsy booth and a hotel guest room featuring digital video projections of their WALLPAPERS.

Here Today…. An International Contemporary Art Exhibition

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Sedition contributes Tracey Emin’s digital edition, I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You to ‘Here Today…‘ a major exhibition marking 50 years of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The exhibition explores the current state of our environment through works by international contemporary artists working across diverse mediums. Participating artists include: George Condo, Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk, United Visual Artists, Douglas Gordon, Julian Opie, Mariko Mori, Carsten Höller, Diana Thater, amongst others.

The exhibition has been curated to include 8 different chapters exploring the pressing ecological challenges that face our environment. The exhibition is intended to take the viewer on a unique journey educating them about the pressure’s that humanity are putting on our fragile ecosystem.

Here Today… is supported by the IUCN which is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation and Baku Magazine. The IUCN demonstrates how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security. The exhibition is curated by Artwise , international curatorial collective.

Sedition will also offer a selection of works for sale in the exhibition’s gift shop including works by Tracey Emin, Mark Titchner, Mustafa Hulusi, Lee Lee Nam and others. Part of the proceeds will benefit the charity.

25 November – 17 December 2014
The Old Sorting Office, 21-33 New Oxford Street London WC1
Monday – Wednesday: 11-7pm, Thursday – Friday: 11-8pm, Saturday / Sunday: 11-6pm
Admission: Free for all ages

There are workshops and tours available to attend for free at the exhibition.
For more information, please visit: www.heretoday.org.

Sedition raises over £4900 for Children & the Arts

Sedition are very pleased to have raised over £4900 for The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts charity auction at Saatchi Gallery on 1st October and online on Paddle 8 to help children with life limiting illnesses to experience uplifting arts activities. Works by Damien Hirst and Elmgreen & Dragset were auctioned online, and selected works by world renowned artists were available as part of the £25 raffle at the event.

The money raised will be used to contribute towards The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts ongoing work with their Start Hospice Programme. Over 50,000 children with life limiting illnesses in the UK have few opportunities to enjoy creative activities outside of their home or hospice with their family.

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about the charity visit: www.childrenandarts.org.uk

Amorem Artis: Miami Beach

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Sedition is pleased to present a stunning collection of international contemporary art as a part of Amorem Artis, an evening of digital art, music, and gourmet food. Presented by RekRoom, the event has been curated with the intent to create an exciting fusion of digital, musical, and culinary arts.

The collection includes artworks by Jenny Holzer, Universal Everything, Mark Titchner, Doug Foster, Brian Alfred, Peter Saville, FIELD, Quayola, and Scanner that will be displayed at the 1826 Restaurant & Lounge in Miami for the evening of Friday, 24 October 2014. Works from Sedition will be available to purchase at the event via a scannable QR code located on each cocktail menu. The event also features culinary creations by two Michelin star chef Danny Grant with music provided by local celebrity DJ Jessica Who.

“The goal of Amorem Artis is to bring a new air of culture to Miami’s nightlife. There are plenty of art, food and Music events in Miami, but it is rare to find a combination of all three, and that’s what we’re providing. We want to introduce an alternative experience to our guests while utilizing a familiar format.” – Daniel Lopez, CEO, RekRoom Productions.

Friday, 24 October 2014
1826 Restaurant & Lounge
1826 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
8:30pm – 4:00am

To RSVP for the event visit: www.rekroomproductions.com/amoremartis

 

Women in Digital at The Hospital Club

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17 – 19 October 2014, 11am-6pm
Private view: 16 October 2014, 7-9pm
Talk and exhibition tour: 18 October 2014, 3-5pm
The Hospital Club Gallery,  24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ
Limited capacity! Please RSVP.

The Hospital Club and Sedition are pleased to present WOMEN IN DIGITAL an exhibition of works by female artists who are leading the way in innovations in art and technology. The exhibition presents a group of pioneering artists working to employ diverse technologies to create their work. From video and animation to 3D modelling and digital illustration to software and net art, the works reflect some of the most innovative practices in the landscape of contemporary art. The exhibition features internationally renowned artists, including:  LIA (Austria), FIELD (UK), Sophie Kahn (UK/AU), Sara Ludy (US), Fang Lu (China), Katie Torn (US), Claudia Hart (US), Sougwen Chung (US/Canada), Marion Tampon-Lajarriette (Switzerland), and new to Sedition artist Shu Lea Cheang (US/France).

Presented on the latest curved OLED and ULTRA HD4K screens from global technology brand LG, Women In Digital celebrates the screen as a medium to display and enjoy artworks. Women In Digital will be unveiled at London’s hub for the Creative Industries – The Hospital Club – on 16th October at a Private View, whilst the show will continue from the 17th – 19th October.

We’ll also be hosting a special talk and exhibition tour on Saturday 18th October from 3-5pm with the artists from the exhibition including Claudia Hart, associate professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Vera-Maria Glahn, managing director, FIELD, as well as, Louise Shannon, curator of digital, V&A and Nora O’ Murchú, media art curator, designer and researcher. 

Please RSVP for the event and indicate whether you’d like to join for the private view or talk: marketing@seditionart.com. Join our Facebook event and invite friends.

Sedition Announces Top 3 Photos of #artonscreens

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Thanks to everyone who submitted their photos of #artonscreens! We received many great photos from all over the world – from Bahrain to Malaysia, Munich to Granada, we love to see how you are enjoying your Sedition artworks on screens and devices.

To view some of the selected entries, visit our Facebook page. It was a tough final decision, but we are pleased to announce the three winners of the £50 Sedition Gift Cards to spend on artworks of their choice. Congratulations to Javier Figueroa Teva, (Granada, Spain), Paul Yates (Switzerland), and Mark Letzner (Munich, Germany) for submitting the best photos!

We’d like to thank everyone for sharing their #artonscreens! Feel free to continue to post your photos to #artonscreens as we love to see how you are viewing your works at home and on the go. There will be other opportunities in the future to receive gifts from Sedition.

Herman Kolgen’s’ Inject Roots’ by Colección Limia Figueroa taken in Alhambra forests, Granada, Spain

 

Scanner’s ‘Falling Forward’ taken by Paul Yates in Switzerland

 

Shepard Fairey’s ‘Peace Guard’ taken by Mark Letzner in Munich

 

The Prince’s Foundation Charity Auction with Paddle 8

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Sedition donates artworks to the BE INSPIRED – Contemporary Art Auction with proceeds benefitting The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts who are raising vital funds for children with life-limiting illnesses. Sedition has donated works by Damien Hirst (valued at £500) and Elmgreen & Dragset (valued at £1000), which will be auctioned online on Paddle 8 17th September- 1st October culminating in a live auction on Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery, London. A selection of Sedition Gift Cards for works by world renowned contemporary artists will also be offered as prizes for the raffle at the live auction.

Every piece sold in in the auction, will allow more children to take part in Children & the Arts’ programmes, with a particular emphasis on the Start Hospices programme, which enables children with a life limiting illness to enjoy special organised family days out at local galleries, museums and theatres; bringing families together away from  their usual day-to-day routine of clinical care and support at their local hospice.

The BE INSPIRED Auction is being hosted by leading independent Private Investment Office, Floreat Group. Floreat Group will curate a collection of up to 100 pieces of art for the online auction. The top 10 lots will go into the live auction at the Saatchi Gallery where online bidders will be given the opportunity to bid in the live auction by phone. The remaining lots in the online auction will continue on the evening and iPads will be circulated amongst the guests.

The online auction will go live at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday 17th September at http://paddle8.com/auctions/pfca

The live auction at the Saatchi Gallery is by invitation only. To register your interest, please email beinspired@childrenandarts.org.uk

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Startup Weekend Art London 2014

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Sedition’s Head of Programmes, Ashley Wong will be mentoring at the event alongside other industry experts at the first European Startup Weekend Art which will be held in London, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th October 2014. Join a diverse group of people passionate about arts, innovation and making a real impact. Come and pitch your idea or join others to form a team.

Over the duration of the workshop you will receive guidance and advice, develop your work and pitch your startup ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the three days.Whether you start a new company, meet like-minded individuals or develop new skills, register now for what promises to be an exciting and highly productive weekend.Art and technology together present a great opportunity to dramatically improve products and services in an industry traditionally low in technological innovation. Take inspiration from technologies and business models that changed adjacent industries forever to create “firsts” in the art industry yourself and develop companies that will go on to become market leaders.

Get your tickets whether you’re a Developer, Designer or Non-Technical (marketing or business development) type.

Startup Weekend Art London 2014
3-5 October 2014
Wayra
Shropshire House
2-10 Capper Street
London, UK WC1E 6JA

Watch the trailer for the event: