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Universal Everything presented by Sedition & The Hospital Club

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Sedition is pleased to partner with The Hospital Club to present digital art and design studio Universal Everything’s first comprehensive solo-exhibition in the UK. The show surveys both new and less recent work that spans a variety of disciplines and media, with the exhibition moving fluidly from film direction and identity design to mobile software art and site-specific installations.

At the viewer is presented with explorations of the body and its movement through the use of motion-tracking technologies, such as in the ‘Presence’ series (2013), and witnesses the mapping of textures onto the human form with ‘Transfiguration’ (2013), and ‘Walking Cities’ (2014). Other works are interactive audio- visual installations or apps enabling a spectator to participate in the creative process; like ‘76 Seeds’ (2011), an instructional drawing app, and ‘Gliders’ (2014), an interactive installation inviting the viewer to design a flying creature. ‘Voxel Posse’ (2011), a series of 3D printed vector creatures, explores elements of the human form through abstract shapes and is an illustration of the studio’s physical body of work that mirrors its digital projects. Alongside these works, Universal Everything presents their voice-reactive sculpture ‘Transformer’ (2014), an interactive work reacting to spectator’s audio input; and ‘Seeds’ (2011), a series of botanical drawings by founder Matt Pyke based on a set of automatically generated and seemingly incongruous digital instructions, its methodology referencing 20th century Dada and Fluxus.

For the exhibition, Sedition has launched a new artwork by Universal Everything. Walking City Citizens is a work created exclusively for Sedition which includes 50 unique iterations of their most recent work Walking City (2014). Walking City is a 3D human shrouded in a digital costume shifts and breaks, reshapes and endlessly evolves into a  video sculpture that continuously walks in the centre of the screen.

Transfiguration’, ‘Presence 2.1’, ‘Presence 5.1’, ‘Walking City Citizens’ are available as digital editions on www.seditionart.com. All other works in the exhibition are available for purchase through The Hospital Club.

Universal Everything, The Hospital Club Gallery, 23 May until 26 May 2014, 11:00am until 6:00pm, sponsored by LG and Laurent Perrier. Join us for the private view 22 May 2014, 7-9pm. RSVP is essential: marketing@seditionart.com.

 

Déjà Vu: Chinese Artists in Moving Images Launching at Art Basel Hong Kong

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Sedition, is delighted to announce a partnership with LEAP, the bilingual art magazine of contemporary China, and iArt, the digital edition of The Art Newspaper China, which are both published by Modern Media Group. LEAP and iArt, in association with Sedition will present Déjà Vu: Chinese Artists in Moving Images.

Déjà Vu is a digital collection curated by LEAP and iArt featuring works by five young Chinese artists working in moving image. The exhibition will be featured in The Art Newspaper China’s iArt App and will be launched online on Sedition and at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. Sedition is also pleased to announce the launch of the Chinese language version of the site, and the Sedition iPhone/iPad and Android Apps in Chinese for a new audience.

The multimedia works featured in the collection stem from the various motivations and inspirations of the artists, drawing from daily life, social and political experience, art history, and patterns from their past creations. Within collective cultural discourse, these works represent the texture of the uncertain reality of the world in which we live. The synesthesia and intertextuality that we recognize among them equate to uncanny evidence of a connection to our own experiences. Déjà Vu.

Globalization enables the inception of a shared “cloud” of knowledge, visual experience, and references. In their practices, these artists, especially those who were born in the 1980s, inevitably adopt some of these shared elements. However, due to geographical, linguistic, and cultural barriers, the artists transpose these elements by combining them with the symbols generated from their native cultural background. Presented via moving images, these works provide viewers with a synchronous and ceaseless access to this transposition. The resonance that occurs with the perception of the transposition, alongside the confusion, adds another layer to the déjà vu.

As a result of the proliferation of digital media and virtual reality, our vision of the world has become more vivid and sharp, yet more distant and ambiguous at the same time. While we witness the fractions of our lives that happen right in front us, we already see them in our mind.

Artists in the collection include: Chen Zhou, Cheng Ran, Fang Lu, Guan Xiao, and Kwan Sheung Chi.

The Déjà Vu Collection will launch online at www.seditionart.com and at the Post Vernissage Party of Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 co-hosted by Modern Media and K11 Art Foundation on 14th May 2014 at Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, China, at 9pm. The works will be available for purchase as digital limited editions exclusively on Sedition from 15th May. Works from Sedition can be easily displayed on any smartphone, tablet, TV or computer – presenting an innovative way to collect art in the digital age.

Works will be displayed at the Modern Media booth at Art Basel Hong Kong, Booth: P3 and will be on display for the duration of the fair from 15-18th May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Follow LEAP on Sedition to receive an invitation to the 24-hour online private view: www.seditionart.com/leap

Sedition x Eyebeam Presents: The New Romantics Collection

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Ryan Whittier Hale, Shifting Landscape, digital edition, 2014

Sedition has partnered with Eyebeam, Art & Technology Centre in New York to present The New Romantics Collection. The collection includes exclusive artworks by artists in The New Romantics exhibition curated by Claudia Hart, Nicholas O’Brien, and Katie Torn that opens at Eyebeam from 17 April – 10 May 2014. The collection will launch on Sedition on 8th May 2014 and at the closing reception of the exhibition during Frieze New York.

The New Romantics is an exhibition and collection exploring the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism. By drawing equivalences between then and now, this exhibition identifies a critical precedent for artists today that are responding to their ever changing technological environment. Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the information revolution.

The New Romantics presents a unique selection of works by artists not based on formal similarities, but on expressive affinities. By employing a myriad of contemporary techniques – including digital fabrication, 3D simulation, software-based collage, video game engines, and peer to peer networking tools – the artists in the collection expose an underlying thread of individual expression that extends beyond mere tech-fetishism.

The New Romantics Collection includes work by artists: Tim Berresheim, Ryan Whittier Hale, Claudia Hart, Sophie Kahn, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, MSHR and Katie Torn.

The closing reception will take place 8th May at 6-9pm at Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011.

Follow Eyebeam on Sedition to receive an invitation to the 24-hour online private view: seditionart.com/eyebeam

New Sedition Apps for iOS & Android

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We’re excited to launch major new updates for our iOS  (version 6.0) and Android (version 3.0) apps. The new app provides access to an unparalleled world of art at your fingertips. Discover art, artists, share, purchase and enjoy limited editions created in digital media by the world’s greatest contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Yoko Ono, Bill Viola, Aaron Koblin, Casey Reas and many more.

The Sedition app is available for free on the iTunes and Google Play stores and it allows members to explore artworks in still and moving image formats, view edition sizes and price and add artworks to the collector’s Vault. Once purchased, the collector obtains a certificate of authenticity with the edition number and the artist signature. The Vault feature allows downloads of the artworks onto your device for offline play and it also enables collectors to curate their own playlists as art exhibitions to be enjoyed at home or on the go.

Key Features:
- Discover the latest art editions added to the Sedition Curated selection every month
- Browse weekly Featured artworks
- Explore the Sedition Curated artists

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- View artwork details and purchase your own editions
- Share artworks on Facebook and Twitter

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- Explore artists profiles with biographies and images

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- Manage your Vault
- Choose and download artworks to your device to view offline

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- View the artwork file size so you can optimise space on your device

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- Create and curate playlists and enjoy your art collection

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Download the new Sedition App now:

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Mark Amerika and Shu Lea Cheang exhibition at London’s Furtherfield Gallery

Mark Amerika (b.1960) opens exhibition with fellow ‘net native’ artist Shu Lea Cheang at London’s Furtherfield Gallery on 31 August. Amerika is a US-based media artist, novelist and theorist who has been exploring the nature and possibilities of the internet and how virtual communication and reality interact with and affect everyday life since the early 1990s. He is known as a pioneer of virtual concepts, creativity, and communication – and the possibilities that all of the latter offer the individual in a postmodern world.

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8-Bit Heaven
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 Featured in the exhibition are three works from Amerika’s Museum of Glitch Aesthetic (MOGA) series: Lake Como Remix, The Comedy of Errors and 8-Bit Heaven. Museum of Glitch Aesthetic was originally commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices for the 2012 AND Festival.  These are shown alongside two pieces by Shu Lea Cheang.

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Lake Como Remix
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by Mark Amerika

Amerika has also launched two new digital editions on Sedition to coincide with the exhibition: #NewAesthetics TV (Extended Play Remix) from the MOGA series and Honolulu Hermes, two new works available exclusively on Sedition in editions of 300.

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#NewAesthetics TV (Extended Play Remix)
 by Mark Amerika

In his career, Amerika been named named a “Time Magazine 100 Innovator” in their continuing series of features on the most influential artists, scientists, entertainers and philosophers into the 21st Century. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece.

If you happen to be in London, don’t miss the exhibition that will be running until 20 October at Furtherfield Gallery – McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ. For more information visit the gallery website. 

Tracey Emin’s exclusive digital artwork raises funds for the NSPCC


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Tracey Emin’s exclusive digital limited edition on Sedition raises vital funds for the NSPCC – the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection.

For every digital edition sold of Tracey Emin’s This is My Favourite Little Bird, the full retail price (£50) will be donated to the NSPCC to support its post-abuse therapeutic services for vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

The artwork is a 1 minute 25 seconds digital animation featuring a tiny bird that recalls the cool-blue neon that Emin created in 2010 for the façade of London’s Foundling Museum. The image unfolds upon a gently-creased fabric, and it is as if we are encountering the invisible hand of the artist embroidering the outline of a bird perched on a leafy branch. The scene is punctuated by a rainbow of multi-coloured flowers that emerge above, while the work’s title is delineated in Tracey’s handwriting below.

Tracey Emin said: “I have always supported the NSPCC. The Sedition project was exciting and inventive. The Little Bird is one of my favourite images. A small fledgling. I was more than happy to donate this to the NSPCC.”

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Funds raised from sales of the digital limited edition will go towards the NSPCC’s Rebuilding Childhoods Appeal, created to help fund post-abuse therapy for children.

To view and purchase the work visit: http://www.seditionart.com/tracey_emin/this_is_my_favourite_little_bird

Prosopopoeia by Mat Collishaw, a commission for The London Edition

Prosopopoeia by Mat Collishaw Displayed on a TV

(Photo credit: Prosopopoeia by Mat Collishaw displayed on a TV)

Sedition has partnered with Edition Hotels for the opening of The London Edition Hotel located in London’s Fitzrovia. In celebration of the opening on September 12th, British artist Mat Collishaw was commissioned by Edition Hotels to create an exclusive digital limited edition available only on Sedition.

Prosopopoeia is a stunning video work that represents an illuminated diamond slowly rotating before a black background. Within the diamond are reflections of flowers – many of them Collishaw’s beloved orchids – that glitter and break up into prisms. The flowers catch fire, burn up, drown in luscious leafy green only to reappear in another rotation of the precious stone.

The work is available exclusively for friends of The London Edition. Prosopopoeia is currently not for sale but you can view and enjoy this stunning piece on the Sedition website or add it to your Wish List to receive the latest updates about the work.

New Artist: Mary Katrantzou

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In an exciting collaboration with s[edition], Mary Katrantzou has created her first digital artwork. The Greek fashion designer with a background in architecture and a textile design degree from Central Saint Martins is best known for her exceptional print designs that characterize her ready-to-wear collections. She transcribes themes onto fabric that accumulate into a visual play of illusions: objects mirror each other in obscured proportions and create a fascinating and fantastic world of colour and beauty.

For Pound, Katrantzou uses a similar system as when creating her textiles: she chooses an unwearable object – a pound note – and makes it the central theme of her design. She appropriates, changes and plays with it until it generates a completely new form. Pound is a collage of many fragments of English pound notes that are fused into a magical whole that is then animated according to the rules of a kaleidoscope. We watch as the screen before us explodes again and again in new and surprising shapes and forms. The effect is hypnotic, fascinating, and stunningly beautiful all at once.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £10 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases. Pound is one of four exclusive digital limited editions curated by the ICA. All proceed for this work will benefit the ICA.

Mary Katrantzou

Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou (b.1983, Athens) studied for a BA in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design before transferring to Central Saint Martins, London, where she completed her degree in Textile Design in 2005 and graduated with a MA with Distinction in Fashion in 2008. Her first ready-to-wear collection debuted at London Fashion Week in spring/summer 2009, with the support of the British Fashion Council. Despite it being a small collection of only nine dresses, Katrantzou picked up 15 prestigious stockists including Browns, Joyce, and Colette. The designer received show status in 2009.

New Artist: Matt Pyke


Transfiguration 

Transfiguration, 2011, was created by Matt Pyke together with Realise Studio for the reopening of the prestigious digital arts gallery La Gaite Lyrique, Paris. A bulky human figure walks at a brisk equalized speed at the center of the screen and transforms in a cycle of progressively transient and surprising materials. We watch how flames grow into metal structures that transform into rock-like matter, out of which icy crystals spring. After numerous further transformations, the walking giant takes on liquid qualities, then becomes gas, and in turn transforms into a perfectly depicted fury figure out of innumerable strands of multi-colored hair; and so on.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £10 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Matt Pyke 

Matt Pyke (b.1975) is one of the most innovative digital-motion artists of his time. Pyke’s body of work, which explores the tensions between abstract and figurative form and the synesthesia of sound and image, encompasses a striking diversity: it ranges from interactive design and branded art to shop installations and iPhone applications, and it is reflected in collaborations with a large variety of companies such as Apple and AOL. Pyke has engaged in artistic partnerships and worked on commissions for leading art institutions, including for the V&A Museum, London, in 2008. He is also the mastermind behind design studio Universal Everything, a collective of designers, programmers, musicians and artists who are famous for their boundary-pushing commissions for brands like Chanel, MTV, and London’s 2012 Olympics.

New Editions: Liu Ye and Siu Jianguo

In December, s[edition] is proud to have announced the release of two new editions by Chinese contemporary artists Liu Ye and Sui Jianguo. Art Radar explored their creative process as painters and sculptors and their first experiences working in the digital medium with s[edition]. Read the article here: Asia market perfect for digital art? [s]edition takes on Chinese artists. We hope to see more work from these artists in digital format soon.

 

1,000 Pounds by Sui Jianguo

1,000 Pounds by Sui Jianguo

1,000 Pounds reminds aesthetically of Sui Jianguo’s early sculpture of a more organic abstract character and choice in materials, as was typical of his work in the early 1990s. In addition, 1,000 Pounds references the most classic practice of modern sculpture itself: the dedicated modelling and remodelling by the artist’s hand. Auguste Rodin made his name when he decided to move away from the Baroque and neo-Baroque smooth surfaces of 19th century sculptural tradition. He opted for textured surfaces and the extreme interplay of light and shadow – made possible by strong modelling techniques that did not obscure the expressive impact of the artist. In its entirety, 1,000 Pounds seems to convey exactly this: the physical impact of the hand onto the clay, the concreteness of the flesh, the brutality contained within the act of forcing the bare earth into a shape decided by the sculptor.

Upon completion, 1,000 Pounds was cast by Sui Jianguo into bronze. It exists as a artwork in its own right and physical form.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £5 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Sui Jianguo

Sui Jianguo (b. 1956 in Qingdao, Shandong province) received a BA in the Fine Arts Department from the Shandong University of Arts in 1984 and an MA in the Sculpture Department from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, where he currently presides as the head of the Sculpture Department. He has been praised by art critics for being a “pioneer venturing to the farthest reaches of Chinese sculpture.”

 

Red Warship

Red Warship by Liu Ye 

Liu Ye’s Red Warship is a digital reference to Liu’s 1997 oil painting, Spirit of the Sea,and comprises many of the themes typical of the artist’s oeuvre: we find homage to Piet Mondrian, characters depicted are rendered in a puerile style, we see sailor hats and angel wings simultaneously. It is a prime example of how Liu likes to play between mysterious fantasy and episodes of complex storytelling and art historical references.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £5 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Liu Ye

Liu Ye (b. 1964) is one of China’s most prominent contemporary painters. He is famous for his bright-hued paintings of childlike figures, the cartoon character Miffy the bunny, and works referencing one of his favourite artists – Piet Mondrian. He has an immediately recognizable style that is described as simple to read yet complex in its levels of meaning and technique. Liu: “What I do is about painting and art history. Chinese aesthetics have a traditional system, history, very high quality and taste, different from Western taste but quite meaningful in our time”.