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

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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.

RCA, Subject Matter and Sedition Present ‘Becoming’ Talk Series

 

Throughout February 2017 a series of talks titled Becoming will be presented at Somerset House and Royal College of Art. The talk series accompanies the Becoming group exhibition of print and screen-based artworks by emerging artists studying at the RCA; the exhibition is on display at Dyson Gallery from 22 February to 3 March.

The Becoming exhibition and talk series address the process of transition from one state to another, with a particular focus on the journey towards becoming an artist. The talk series, which takes place on a series of dates throughout February at the RCA and Somerset House brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from the art industry to discuss art collecting and sustainability in the digital age.

All proceeds from the talk series will contribute to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund, which provides support for the artists of the future.

 

Becoming an Art Collector

Thursday, 2 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:308:00pm
Tickets: £10

The first talk, at Somerset House Screening Room in the series looks at art collecting and buying in contemporary times.

Speakers:

Liezel Strauss, Director of Subject Matter Art
Stephanie Allen, Head of Business Creative United/Own Art
Patrick Davies, Director of Patrick Davies Contemporary Art
Jamie Shovlin, Sedition Artist 

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Creating a Sustainable Collection

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:30-8:00pm
Tickets: £10

The second talk in the series is about the importance of sustaining the careers of emerging artists by encouraging collectors and developing new ways of art collecting.

Speakers:

Bernardine Brocker, CEO, Vastari
Leizel Strauss, Founder, Subject Matter
Anne Reimers, Lecturer & Co-Author of the ‘BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors’

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The Collector of the Future

Monday, 27 February 2017
Somerset House
Screening Room, L2 South Wing, Strand WC2R 1LA
6:30-8:00pm
Free Entry

The final talk in the series takes place at the Royal College of Art’s Lecture Theatre and looks at the future of the art world and art collecting, particularly in light of new digital technologies.

Speakers:

Rory Blain, Director, Sedition
Juan Cruz, Dean of RCA Fine Art  
David Blandy, Artist
Anders Petterson, Founder, ArtTacticMel Jordan, Head of Critical Art Practice at RCA

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Sedition Showcases Digital Art At Los Angeles Theatre During Night On Broadway

 

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On 28 January, IAMSOUND creative studio will take over the Los Angeles Theatre as part of Night On Broadway, a free art and music festival celebrating culture and creativity in LA. Sedition has been invited to curate a section of the festival.

Night on Broadway is produced as part of the Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative. The event will simultaneously activate multiple venues throughout the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing them to life with a diverse arts programming encompassing theatre, music, food, fashion and visual art and presenting the work of new and established arts practitioners.

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For the third iteration of José Huizar’s Night On Broadway, more than 60,000 visitors are expected to head to a mile-long stretch of Broadway connecting Olympic Boulevard and 3rd St. The free event, which marks the ninth year of the Bringing Back Broadway initiative to revitalise Broadway avenue, will feature a wide ranging lineup of installations, performances, music and activities presented across ten outdoor stages and in six historic Broadway theaters.

Sedition will display a selection of audiovisual and digitally animated artworks at the Los Angeles Theatre,which also features a line-up presented by Dazed Digital and performances by Morly, Harriet Brown, The Sunland Dancers and others.

 

 

Sedition is delighted to showcase the work of artists who explore the intersection of art and tech in innovative and revelatory ways. The artworks will be showcased in screenings in the large theatre space  as well as four video installations displayed in the lobby in the vitrines normally used for show posters. 

The works Sedition will present at Night On Broadway are:

Theater Screenings

Ryoichi Kurokawa – Syn_mod.1,2,3

Novi_sad & Ryoichi Kurokawa – Sirens

Andrew Thomas Huang – Interstice

Lobby – Vitrine Display:

Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower

Gordon Cheung – New Order

Katie Torn – Vacation

Claudia Hart – Ophelia

To join the Night On Broadway Facebook event click here. Instagrammers who creatively capture the festival have the chance to become award-winners as part of the Night On Broadway Best Shots Contest. To follow Night On Broadway on Social Media check the hashtag #NightOnBroadway.

Follow @Seditionart on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the event.

Sedition Supports Unicef’s NextGen Charity Auction

On the evening of 27 January 2017, Sedition supports Unicef’s Next Generation Charity Auction, the charity’s annual fundraiser event which supports the Children of Syria Emergency Appeal taking place B1 in Bloomsbury Square, London.1506444_1641322852763281_869352406954049275_nThis is the fifth year of the Syrian conflict, with 14 million children impacted by the crisis, 8 million of whom are in need of humanitarian aid. Research shows that safe environments for children such as homes and schools have been extensively destroyed, damaged or occupied and that four out of five Syrian children living in Lebanon are not attending school.

The Children of Syria Emergency Appeal is a fund to support children affected by the Syrian crisis. Donations to the fund go towards providing food, shelter and clothing to children in Syria. The fund also allows Unicef to work with partners in the country to protect children in danger. To date, Unicef has provided water treatment supplies that treat enough water for 17 million people, learning materials for 2.8 million children, 26 million vaccinations for children and psychosocial support to 1 million children.

Unicef NextGen is a global movement led by passionate young professionals from a range of industries, aged 21 to 40, committed to supporting Unicef’s work towards the protection and wellbeing of children in danger through Next Gen Annual Fundraiser.

The NextGen Annual Fundraiser will be an evening of education, fundraising and networking for London’s young professionals focusing on understanding the current conflict in Syria and how it is impacting children.The Next Gen Annual event includes a dinner, a live auction, a raffle and an after-party with world-renowned DJs.

In support of the Children of Syria appeal, Sedition has donated the bespoke Sedition Frame fitted with an iPad Air 2 containing ten exclusive artworks from Sedition as part of the auction. The recently launched Sedition Frame allows digital art lovers to elegantly display their Sedition collection on their tablets. The Frame is a high-quality art display designed to complement any interior space.

 

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The Sedition Frame displaying Cloud, Candy I by ZEITGUISED

The exclusive artworks which have been donated alongside the Sedition Frame are:


Jenny Holzer – Sensibility
LIA – Not Even Love Will Tear Us Apart
Mark Titchner – Fear of Life
Matthew Biederman – Guided Saccade (For Newton)
Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower
Ryan Whittier Hale – Untitled
Brian Alfred – Chromacity
Fang Lu – Lost Seconds
FIELD – Forays: Scan I
Novi_sad – IIC

Sedition will also showcase several artworks by world-renowned contemporary artists during the gala dinner and during the event’s after party where live DJs will be performing. The artworks to be showcased are:

L Morando – Prelude to a Song

Albert Delamour – the window on my World

Mat Collishaw – Burning Flower

Tracey Emin –I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You

Heidi LocherComposure

Mark Titchner – If You Can Dream It You Must Do It

Universal Everything – Presence 5.4

If you would like to network with future leaders across a range of industries, dance for a good cause to live music by Gorgon City, SG Lewis and Eton Messy and immerse yourself in high-end contemporary art, do not miss the Unicef NextGen Annual Party. Purchase your tickets at: http://bit.ly/2j7E87A

Sedition’s 2016 Year in Review

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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.

 

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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:

 

#TheCampaignRCA

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Sedition Frame

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.

 

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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.

 

Sedition Supports Mat Collishaw Kickstarter For Ambitious New VR Exhibition

Sedition is pleased to support Mat Collishaw ambitious new VR project due to launch in May 2017. The project, titled Thresholds, is a Virtual Reality experience designed to transport the visitor to the first major exhibition of photography. Collishaw uses VR, to explore a moment when photography was new to the public. Alongside the exhibition, the artist will launch an exclusive new video artwork on Sedition, which is one of several rewards available for supporters of his Kickstarter campaign

In Thresholds, visitors wearing VR headsets experience a simulated exhibition space complete with display cabinets and vitrines. At the same time, the ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) space visitors while exploring the simulation can interact with physical objects, which correspond to those in the digital world. Interestingly, individuals walking through the physical space are represented in the digital exhibition as ghostly outlines.

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Thresholds’ layering of reality and unreality investigates an unexplored facet of Virtual Reality by picking apart the way the technology relates to physical objects; it also builds a link between new and historical media.
The simulated exhibition presents early technological developments and is in part based on William Fox Talbot’s 1839 exhibition at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, which explored the then-new medium of photography. The original photographs in the exhibition no longer exist since Fox Talbot had not resolved photographic fixing methods at the time. By revisiting the exhibition, Mat Collishaw not only restores lost imagery but also incorporates early photography into contemporary conversations around obsolete or disintegrating media.

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Inevitably, by revisiting historical media the project also revisits historical contexts and connects them to the present day. Visitors within the simulated exhibition can hear the chanting of Chartists outside as they protest the replacement of human labour by machine labour during the Industrial Revolution. These protests find their echo today in current concerns over the replacement of jobs by algorithms and robots.

Thresholds will be presented in four venues across the UK in 2017. The exhibition starts in May at Somerset House, London, before moving to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in June, Lacock Abbey in September, and National Media Museum Bradford in November.

Collishaw’s Kickstarter campaign has been devised to make the exhibition as accessible as possible by reducing entry fees. Supporters who pledge £70 or more will receive an exclusive digital edition of Breaking Faith, a new work by the artist on Sedition. Breaking Faith is a video which reflects on the fugitive nature of Fox Talbot’s early photographic prints and their subsequent evolution into the digital realm.

 

Sedition Partners With The Broad Museum – In Pictures

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This December we announced an exciting new partnership with The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. The partnership is Sedition’s first with a U.S. museum.

The partnership between Sedition and The Broad launched on 7 December with a VIP reception to celebrate the introduction of Sedition to The Shop at The Broad. During the event visitors could discover and purchase digital limited edition artworks by artists on the Sedition platform.

Artists whose work was displayed at the opening include Jenny Holzer and Bill Viola, whose work is also included as part of The Broad Museum contemporary art collection. The newly launched Sedition Frame was also on display. Both the Sedition Art Frame and gift cards are available from The Shop at The Broad on an ongoing basis.
The launch of the partnership between Sedition and The Broad coincides with Creature, an ambitious exhibition at The Broad on the theme of figuration and selfhood. The exhibition runs until 19 March 2017 and includes works by Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Andy Warhol.

5 Years of Digital Art: Top Artists

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Lawrence Lek, Unreal Estate
 

This November 2016 marks five years since the launch of Sedition. In celebration, we initiated a Twitter conversation with curators, artist, and collectors with our network to find out more about the most exciting aspects of the present and future of art and tech.

One of the questions we sent into the Twittersphere was “Who are your favourite digital artists from the past 5 years?” Here are the results including works by artists who engage with digital media – and question the cultural and social use that such media leads to – in inspiring and innovative ways. In this post, we’ll look more closely at the work of each of the top artists recommended by leaders in the field of digital art and culture.

#TopArtists

Estela Oliva / @es_stela
Independent curator, founder of Alpha-ville

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Olafur Eliasson, Weather Project

 

Olafur Eliasson’s large scale immersive works deal with the sensory, embodiment and perception. He aims to create spaces for collective experience; perhaps the best known example of this is the Weather Project (2003), which replicated the vastness of the sun and the power of the elements within Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. He is also known for his monumental light installations and for large scale interventions such as his 1998 work Green River at Berlin Biennial. As well as being highlighted by Estela Oliva, Eliasson was also chosen as a favourite artist by Memo Akten and Alain Servais.

LaTurbo Avedon is an artist who exists without a real world referent – whose identity is constructed online in the form of an avatar. The artist exists digitally; her works are sculptures exhibited in virtual space. Her virtual pieces engage with the practice and critique of digitally mediated authorship. She is currently exhibiting work at the Whitney Museum in Lorna Mills’ multi-artist work Ways of Something, part of the Dreamlands immersive cinema exhibition.

Sougwen Chung’s practice explores the point of transition or exchange between human and machine, analogue and digital. Her work is interdisciplinary and navigates between software, light and sound composition and robotics as well as more traditional media such as paper and ink. In 2015 her performance D.O.U.G_1 (Drawing Operations Unit Generation 1), in which the artist draws collaboratively with a robot, won the Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

Ryoichi Kurokawa’s immersive audiovisual environments explore the tension between the abstract and the concrete, the actual and the artificial (read our 2015 interview with Kurokawa where you can find his practice in more detail). In 2016 he presented a major solo exhibition, unfold, at FACT Liverpool through which he collaborated with astrophysicists to produce representations of the birth of stars based on data collected from deep space.

Alain Servais / @aservais1
Digital art collector

Previously a student of Olafur Eliasson, Julian Charrière spends time working in remote parts of the planet and weaves his insights – in the form of temporal arrangements, spatial configurations and materials – into his sculptures and installations. He also intervenes directly in nature – on one notable occasion applying the colours of kingfishers to pigeons in Venice during the 2012 Biennale. His work connects research in the fields of biology, geology, history and physics and is concerned with the power and patterning of time. In 2016 he exhibited his first UK solo exhibition at Parasol Unit.

Josh Kline’s artistic practice builds dystopian multimedia installations by augmenting and fragmenting contemporary cultural and political artefacts – objects, video clips and other fragments loaded with meaning are updated to tell new stories. In his first solo exhibition he created an alternative universe in which politicians apologised for their actions, using actors and real-time face substitution. Through the use of digital techniques he subverts current forms of power, simultaneously questioning them and building responses by creating hybrids of the current and the alternative.

With a practice spanning augmented reality, video games and installation, Ian Cheng plays with the relationship between reality and simulation by creating digital environments populated with digital beings. By producing artworks which “begin with basic programmed properties but are left to self-evolve without authorial control or end” (Interview Magazine, 2015) Cheng explores the uncertainty, anxiety and possibility generated when culture is mediated by algorithms; the characters he creates, meanwhile, create their own enquiry into the not-exactly-evolutionary behaviour of algorithms in action.

Helen Marten’s sculptures are complex visual and spatial essays which repurpose everyday objects in new, linguistic, configurations. These configurations produce environments in which usually overlooked characteristics of – and relationships between – objects can be seen and misinterpretations become reinterpretations. In 2016, Marten exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, won the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize and was recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize.

For over a decade Eva and Franco Mattes have co-ordinated art projects which disrupt and comment on prevailing infrastructures. Past projects have involved a computer virus released at the Venice Biennale and a slideshow of images appropriated from personal computers through use of a software glitch. In 2016 the artist duo presented solo show Abuse Standard Violations, which looked at the role of content moderators, at Carroll/Fletcher gallery in London.

Memo Akten / @memotv
Artist and creative technologist

Geoffrey Lillemon’s work has origins in surrealism and is situated within the net-art movement. His work collides together the imaginary and the real by reinterpreting classical artistic practices and themes using new technologies. His 2016 works included Bitmap Banshees, a techno-glitter VR thriller game installation, and The Nail Polish Inferno, a “Virtual Reality Retrospective Strip Club Nightmare set in Bubblegum Hell.”

Geoffrey Lillemon, The Nail Polish Inferno

Geoffrey Lillemon, The Nail Polish Inferno

 

Lauren McCarthy’s work uses software and social interaction to explore intimacy, crowd behaviour, identity formation and the quirks and practicalities of being a person in the age of algorithms. Her practice combines art, design and computer science methods, and has been exhibited at Ars Electronica, LACMA, and the Japan Media Arts Festival.

Grayson Perry is a UK artist who engages with a combination of traditional and new production techniques to produce contemporary social commentary woven into tapestries or carved into clay. He is interested in decreasing the space between ‘low’ and ‘high’ art and in challenging mainstream notions of identity and culture in an accessible way.

Kytten Janae is a US-based online avatar and meme artist whose work synthesises the human and the alien. She makes colourful, playful, ephemeral saccharine and incisive artworks which are at home in the virtual world. Her work is a comment on how we construct our identities, communicate and interact online.

Furry Friends 2015 from kyttenjanae on Vimeo
 

Addie Wagenknecht’s work consistently evades any neat definition. Rather than fitting clearly with a particular discipline or conceptual framework, she instead resides in the spaces between categories, critiquing the structures and materials she works with. She is the founder of DeepLab and is represented by bitforms gallery.

POSTmatter / @POSTmatter
Magazine focusing on the convergence of the digital and physical world

Lawrence Lek’s works produce uncanny virtual worlds which both replicate, and depart from, real-world locations. His production methods incorporate video game and architectural software.  His long-term project Bonus Levels creates fictional scenarios which occur in digitally-rendered versions of cultural institutions; where each scenario is part of a larger alternative map of the art world.

Holly Herndon is a composer and sonic artist who uses MaxMSP to produce custom sounds from digital renderings of instruments and vocal processes. Her compositions jump between genres and techniques, producing surprising collisions, fragmentations and syntheses. She has worked extensively with the Dutch design and art studio Metahaven.

John Gerrard uses real-time computer graphics technologies to create 3D simulations, often hyper-real and referencing real world industrial structures. His work engages with the power these structures possess and the way it unfolds. The softwares he uses to produce his renderings were, like many others, developed initially for military use; his choice of media is part of his constructed interrogation of contemporary politics.

Flag (Thames), John Gerrard, 2016

Flag (Thames), John Gerrard, 2016

 

Marguerite Humeau is a French artist whose work spans and connects numerous worlds; physical and digital, animal, vegetable and mineral. She explores the (im)possibility of reaching, mapping and communicating with distant, different and alien beings. Her sculptures, installations and interventions combine biological research, design methods and science fiction.

Cohen & Van Balen are an artist duo who investigate the aesthetics of industry. Based in London, they explore the cultural and ethical ramifications of manufacturing practices and the role and significance of manufacturing. Their work, which encompasses installation, sculpture and photography, has been displayed at FACT Liverpool, Arts Catalyst (London), ICC (Tokyo) and Kunstverein Dusseldorf.

Sedition Partners With The Broad As First US Museum To Offer Limited Edition Art For Digital Screens

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Sedition, the leading platform for art for digital screens and devices, and The Broad, a new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, announced today that The Shop at The Broad will be the first U.S. museum to offer works by world-renowned contemporary artists through Sedition’s platform.

The partnership between The Broad and Sedition, consolidated yesterday evening with a VIP reception in Los Angeles, will unfold over the coming year and connect The Broad’s extensive contemporary art collection with the Sedition platform.

Works by Broad collection artists Bill Viola and Jenny Holzer, in addition to artists Tracey Emin, AES+F, Wim Wenders and many others are now available at The Shop at The Broad at affordable prices from as low as $8 up to $1,600. At The Shop at The Broad, located in The Broad museum lobby, visitors can preview how the platform works on screens of various sizes and purchase works as gift cards that can be redeemed on the Sedition website for a digital work of art. Collectors can own or gift an original work with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and Sedition and curate their art display in their home or personal interior space.

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Digital Edition of Bill Viola ‘A Phrase From “Chris”‘ and Sedition Art Frame – available at The Shop At The Broad

Also available at The Shop at The Broad are Sedition’s new tablet frames – beautifully crafted in solid oak and designed to fit the most popular tablet devices, including iPad Pro (9.7”) iPad 2, iPad Air 1 and 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Sedition Frame provides an elegant way to showcase your digital collection on tablets. For more info on the Sedition Frame, visit: www.seditionart.com/frame

The partnership takes place during an ambitious exhibition at The Broad on the theme of figuration and selfhood. Creature, which runs from 5 November 2016 to 19 March 2017, includes works by Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Andy Warhol.

The Shop at The Broad is open six days a week during museum hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.