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Art & Video Games: A Look at how Video Games are Breaking Free



Monday, April 7, 2014
7:00 PM






Pivotal Labs





Anyone who’s spent a few frustrated hours playing Flappy Bird knows that video games have been rapidly evolving and diversifying over the past two decades, aided in part by the diminishing costs of development and distribution. These falling costs have helped usher in a new wave of creativity in video games, allowing artists and developers to experiment more with video games as a diverse artistic medium. Full-body motion tracking and control, immersive virtual reality headsets, touch screens, open-source software libraries and inexpensive, hackable hardware have given artists and developers a broader canvas than ever before.
This meetup will explore the unique ways that artists, developers, universities, museums, and galleries have been: creating new forms of physical input and feedback, interrogating the traditional paradigms of play mechanics, locating universities as sites of study and creation of games as emergent, multi-disciplinary art forms, defining criteria for the exhibition and inclusion in gallery and museum space, and even pushing the boundaries of what type of electronic games qualify as “video” games. 
Schedule:
7:00pm – Doors
7:30-8:30pm – Presentations and question-and-answer session
8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine & snacks 
Speakers:Jamin Warren is the founder of the arts and culture company Kill Screen. Formerly a culture reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Jamin has been a vocal advocate for games as culture and serves as an advisor to MoMA’s department of Architecture and Design. Jamin hosts also PBS’s Game/Show and his thoughts on games and digital culture have been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, Paris Review and others. Jamin is also a frequent contributor to NPR, and has spoken at SXSW, Tribeca Interactive, XOXO, and more. 
Phoenix Perry focuses on embodied games and user experiences. As an adjunct Professor at NYU she teaches game development and design, visual design and web development. From digital arts practitioner to Creative Director, she has extensive experience in new media, design, and user interfaces. A consummate advocate for women in game development, her speaking engagements include GDC, The Open Hardware Summit at MIT, Indiecade, Comic Con, Internet Week, Create Tech and NYU Game Center among others. Perry’s creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks. In 2011 she co-authored the book, Meet the Kinect with Sean Kean and Johnathan Hall. Finally, she has curated since 1996 in a range of cultural venues, the most recent of which is her own gallery, Devotion Gallery until 2014. Devotion was a Williamsburg gallery focused on the intersection of art, science, new media, and design.  
Jason Eppink creates interactive experiences, curates events and exhibitions, and throws raging art parties as the Associate Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. When he’s not doing that, Jason Eppink engages in public space magic, open source scheming, moving image mischief, photon reappropriation, and linguistic subterfuge. Good Magazine proclaimed him one of the top 100 most important, exciting, and innovative people making our world better and changing the way we live. Jason also corrupts young minds as an  adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches students how to make animated GIFs and video games under the auspices of art.  
Kaho Abe is a NYC-based game designer and media artist interested in improving social and personal experiences through the use of technology, fashion, and games. Kaho is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the NYU Game Innovation Lab where she develops games with custom controllers with the goal of fostering more face-to-face interaction during play. An important part of her practice is sharing her work, methodologies, and techniques with youth and adults through teaching classes, workshops, and afterschool programs on designing and building alternative physical-game controllers. She is an Educational Fellow at Eyebeam where she co-hosts a monthly play-testing event with Come Out and Play.
Kunal Gupta is one of several founders and a co-director of the Silent Barn, an all-ages studio, residency, and event space in Brooklyn.  He is also founder and director of Babycastles since 2009, an art games movement in New York City with exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History, La Gaite Lyrique, Museum of Art & Design, Telfair Museums, Science Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clocktower Gallery, and SFMOMA.
RSVP HERE

Art & Video Games: A Look at how Video Games are Breaking Free

  • Monday, April 7, 2014

    7:00 PM

  • Anyone who’s spent a few frustrated hours playing Flappy Bird knows that video games have been rapidly evolving and diversifying over the past two decades, aided in part by the diminishing costs of development and distribution. These falling costs have helped usher in a new wave of creativity in video games, allowing artists and developers to experiment more with video games as a diverse artistic medium. Full-body motion tracking and control, immersive virtual reality headsets, touch screens, open-source software libraries and inexpensive, hackable hardware have given artists and developers a broader canvas than ever before.

    This meetup will explore the unique ways that artists, developers, universities, museums, and galleries have been: creating new forms of physical input and feedback, interrogating the traditional paradigms of play mechanics, locating universities as sites of study and creation of games as emergent, multi-disciplinary art forms, defining criteria for the exhibition and inclusion in gallery and museum space, and even pushing the boundaries of what type of electronic games qualify as “video” games. 

    Schedule:

    7:00pm – Doors

    7:30-8:30pm – Presentations and question-and-answer session

    8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine & snacks

    Speakers:
    Jamin Warren
     is the founder of the arts and culture company Kill Screen. Formerly a culture reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Jamin has been a vocal advocate for games as culture and serves as an advisor to MoMA’s department of Architecture and Design. Jamin hosts also PBS’s Game/Show and his thoughts on games and digital culture have been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, Paris Review and others. Jamin is also a frequent contributor to NPR, and has spoken at SXSW, Tribeca Interactive, XOXO, and more.

    Phoenix Perry focuses on embodied games and user experiences. As an adjunct Professor at NYU she teaches game development and design, visual design and web development. From digital arts practitioner to Creative Director, she has extensive experience in new media, design, and user interfaces. A consummate advocate for women in game development, her speaking engagements include GDC, The Open Hardware Summit at MIT, Indiecade, Comic Con, Internet Week, Create Tech and NYU Game Center among others. Perry’s creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks. In 2011 she co-authored the book, Meet the Kinect with Sean Kean and Johnathan Hall. Finally, she has curated since 1996 in a range of cultural venues, the most recent of which is her own gallery, Devotion Gallery until 2014. Devotion was a Williamsburg gallery focused on the intersection of art, science, new media, and design.

    Jason Eppink creates interactive experiences, curates events and exhibitions, and throws raging art parties as the Associate Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. When he’s not doing that, Jason Eppink engages in public space magic, open source scheming, moving image mischief, photon reappropriation, and linguistic subterfuge. Good Magazine proclaimed him one of the top 100 most important, exciting, and innovative people making our world better and changing the way we live. Jason also corrupts young minds as an
    adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches students how to make animated GIFs and video games under the auspices of art.

    Kaho Abe is a NYC-based game designer and media artist interested in improving social and personal experiences through the use of technology, fashion, and games. Kaho is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the NYU Game Innovation Lab where she develops games with custom controllers with the goal of fostering more face-to-face interaction during play. An important part of her practice is sharing her work, methodologies, and techniques with youth and adults through teaching classes, workshops, and afterschool programs on designing and building alternative physical-game controllers. She is an Educational Fellow at Eyebeam where she co-hosts a monthly play-testing event with Come Out and Play.

    Kunal Gupta is one of several founders and a co-director of the Silent Barn, an all-ages studio, residency, and event space in Brooklyn.  He is also founder and director of Babycastles since 2009, an art games movement in New York City with exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History, La Gaite Lyrique, Museum of Art & Design, Telfair Museums, Science Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clocktower Gallery, and SFMOMA.

    RSVP HERE

#ArtsTechLA is bringing together LA’s community of artists, makers, technophiles, museums, creative professionals and labs for our first meetup. #ArtsTech founder and Director of the New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology and Design, Julia Kaganskiy, will be leading a panel discussion for our inaugural gathering.  
 
Julia will share her experiences and learnings running #ArtsTech for the past 5 years. She and a panel of LA’s artists, technologists and museums will also guide an exploratory discussion about the unique terrain of LA’s Art + Technology communities and culture.
 
The panel will include:
Julia Kaganskiy, Director, New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology, and Design
Bret Nicely, Associate Director of Digital Media at MOCA
Amy Heibel, VP Technology, Web and Digital Media at LACMA
Mileece, Sonic and environmental installation artist
Mark Allen, Founder of Machine Project
Sharon Ann Lee, Culture Analyst, Co-Creator Maker City LA
George Bloom, Executive Producer at CBS Digital/Visual Effects
 
Come join us for a casual gathering of communities and conversation. We hope this is the beginning of many fun programs and projects.
 
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The event will take place on Saturday 3/22/14 3pm at the CultureBrain Academy inside Maker City LA. Maker City LA is located in downtown LA at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th floor, LA 90007.
 
There is metered parking on Broadway and two self pay lots.
 
We’re also 2 blocks from the Blue Line Grand Station at Washington and several bus stops so consider taking public transit :)

#ARTSTECH 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Hacking the Museum

Location: OfficeLinks HUB: 460 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Arts-Culture-and-Technology/events/149370672/

  • The role museums play in our communities is changing, as is what we expect of the museum-going experience. The way we think of these places and the encounters that occur within their walls, or within the domain of their digital spaces, has evolved over the years, fueled in part by social media. A museum is no longer just a place where one might go to encounter an art exhibition or visit a gallery of historical objects — increasingly they’ve become active social hubs that reflect the pulse, interests and concerns of the cities in which they thrive. 

    This meetup is about “hacking” our expectations and assumptions of what a museum is, what its role is, and how we engage with museums. We’ll hear from a wide range of speakers who work inside and outside the museum space, in roles that are both sanctioned by the institutions, or operating completely rogue.

    Schedule:

    7:00pm – Doors. Mingling over wine and snacks.

    7:30-8:30pm – Speaker presentations.

    8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over more wine!

    Speakers:

    Sarah Hromack is a strategist, writer, and longtime blogger, with interests in critical museum studies, independent publishing, and contemporary art. She is currently the Director of Digital Media at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she leads the creative development and implementation of institutional initiatives in the digital space. Sarah is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School, where she teaches a graduate course titled “Digital Technologies and Arts Organizations: From Strategy to Practice.” 

    Clement Valla lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. His work has been featured on BBC television, and recently written about in Elephant, Dazed and Confused, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, Wired, boingboing, the Guardian, Liberation, and El Pais. He has had a recent solo exhibition at Mulherin + Pollard Projects in New York, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions including CAM Raleigh, Bitforms Gallery and 319 Scholes among others. He has spoken at institutions including the DIA Center for the Arts, Duke University, and Brown University. He is currently an associate professor of Graphic Design at RISD.

    Tiya Gordon directs operations while developing and producing individual projects for Local Projects. Her showcased work includes the permanent media installation of close to 60 custom films and interactive exhibits for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia as well as the full media design and production for the upcoming National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Prior to joining Local Projects, Tiya worked as a Media Producer for the American Museum of Natural History where she designed and executed media installations for the museum’s permanent halls as well as international traveling exhibitions. Her work has received awards and recognition from The New York Academy of Sciences, The Cannes Film Festival, AIGA, Core77, The American Association of Museums, ResFest, MIT, CINE and I.D. among others. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design where she currently teaches in the Communication Design and Technology Program. 

    Mark Rosen is the Creative Director and Chief Hacker of Museum Hack, a non-traditional private tour company shaking up the visitor experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum Hack crafts “un-highlights” tours that meld hidden objects and stories with purposeful antics that encourage visitors to approach museums in new ways. The company strives to break the modes of conventional museum experience and inspire visitors to hunt for resonance and walk away from their Museum Hack experience excited about building new relationships with museums. Mark holds an MA in Museology from the University of Washington and a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked for a wide variety of institutions including Dia: Beacon, the Seattle Art Museum, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The Emoji Art & Design Show,surveys the spread of emoji through popular culture with an art exhibition and Emoji Pop-Up Market.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK: http://www.emojishow.com/

Livestream of #PADDLESON - Digital Art Auction which will take place at Phillips on October 10th.

SPEAKERS:

Lindsay Howardhttp://lindsayhoward.net

Lindsay Howard (@lindsay_howard) is the curator of PADDLES ON!, the first digital art auction at Phillips.  She is the Curatorial Director of 319 Scholes and former Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States.  

She regularly speaks on topics surrounding digital art, recently at Art Basel Miami Beach, NYU-Poly, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has served on selection committees at Baltan Labs, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, The Mozilla Foundation, and The New School.

Her exhibitions champion “the new art we’ve been waiting to see for the last 30 years” (Art Fag City) and she has been recognized as the “Best of Young Brooklyn” (L Magazine) and among “10 Young Women Transforming the Art World” (TWIN Magazine).

Rafaël Rozendaal - http://www.newrafael.com

Rafaël Rozendaal (@newrafael) is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, drawings, writings and lectures. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, he attracts a large online audience of over 40 million visits per year. 

His work researches the screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality into condensed bits, in a space somewhere between animated cartoons and paintings. 

His installations involve moving light and reflections, taking online works and transforming them into spatial experiences. He also created BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open source DIY curatorial format that is spreading across the world rapidly.

Jamie Zigelbaum - http://jamiezigelbaum.com

Jamie Zigelbaum (@jamiezigelbaum) makes interactive sculpture—conceptual, physical, computational objects and environments that metabolize and express our emerging contemporary experience. 

His work can be found in private collections, including the Frankel Foundation for Art and the Rothschild Collection. He has exhibited internationally, in venues such as Ars Electronica, Design Miami/ Basel, The Corcoran Gallery, Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, The Creators Project, The Tech Museum, Riflemaker Gallery, and Johnson Trading Gallery. He give talks regularly; has published in many dusty, academic tomes; taught a class or two; and won awards including Designer of the Future from Design Miami/ Basel, Best Music Video and Video of the Year from the British Video Music Awards, Honorable Mention from I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, and Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica. 

Jamie has a BS in Human-Computer Interaction from Tufts University and a Masters from the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab where he spent his time inventing and researching next-generation user interfaces.

Megan Newcome - @megannewcome 

Megan Newcome is the global Director of Digital Strategy at Phillips auction house where she specializes in identifying and executing culturally relevant digital branding, marketing and communications strategies. As a member of New York’s #ARTSTECH community, Megan serves as an advocate at Phillips for emerging trends in technology, Internet culture, cat memes, and the joys of disruption.

Thank you Qwiker Liquor for providing us with yummy cocktails and wine at our Demo Day Meetup on 10/16!
Qwiker Liquor is NYC’s premier wine and liquor delivery website. Check them out here.
RSVP for our meetup, hosted by WeWork: 
http://www.meetup.com/Arts-Culture-and-Technology/events/142557562/

Thank you Qwiker Liquor for providing us with yummy cocktails and wine at our Demo Day Meetup on 10/16!

Qwiker Liquor is NYC’s premier wine and liquor delivery website. Check them out here.

RSVP for our meetup, hosted by WeWork: 

http://www.meetup.com/Arts-Culture-and-Technology/events/142557562/

#ArtsTech Demo Day 2013

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

  • WeWork Soho West Offices

    175 Varick Street between Charlton and King, New York, NY 

  • Price: $5.00/per person

  • Come check out a wide-ranging grab bag of short, 5 minute presentations from members of the #ArtsTech community! It’s a great way to hear about what people have been working on over the past few months and learn about cool new projects recently launched or in development. 

    Demo Days serve as a great reminder of this group’s terrific diversity and the wealth of creative ideas and talent in the room. 

    Got something you want to share with the group? Apply to present below! We’ll be accepting applications until October 7th and announcing speakers on October 9th.

    APPLY TO PRESENT: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oqUiIe5i1TuGWQrUBZbNI82OhdX3L0UIC4HepG0CkLo/

    Schedule:

    7:00pm – Doors. Mingling over wine and snacks.

    7:30-8:30pm – 10 lightning round presentations of 5 min each.

    8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine.

    *Cocktails and wine will be provided by Qwiker Liquor, NYC’s premier wine and liquor delivery website.

PADDLES ON! is a groundbreaking exhibition and auction bringing together artists who are using digital technologies to establish the next generation of contemporary art. In recognition of the increasing presence and viability of this work in the contemporary art marketplace, Phillips and Tumblr have partnered with curator Lindsay Howard to present Phillips’s first auction dedicated solely to digital art.

#ARTSTECH is proud to present a live-streamed tour of the exhibition and conversation with artists Rafaël Rozendaal, Addie Wagenknecht, and Jamie Zigelbaum, moderated by curator Lindsay Howard. Tweet your questions using #PaddlesOn. #ArtsTech’s Kelani Nichole and Phillips’s Megan Newcome will be tracking the discussion online, and feeding your questions to the panel.

TUNE IN TO THE LIVESTREAM ON OCTOBER 8th from 12-1PM. 

http://www.livestream.com/artstechnyc

Follow the discussion online with the #PaddlesOn hashtag.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

The exhibition and auction present the work of 18 artists who are exploring digital technologies as both a tool and a medium, which results in websites, software, prints, videos, sculptures, digital paintings, animations, and interactive design. The artists are Silvia Bianchi + Ricardo Juárez, Petra Cortright, Alexandra Gorczynski, Joe Hamilton, Ilja Karilampi, Brenna Murphy, Aude Pariset, Sabrina Ratté, Casey Reas, Rafaël Rozendaal, Nicolas Sassoon, Molly Soda, Kate Steciw, Mark Tribe, Clement Valla, Addie Wagenknecht, and Jamie Zigelbaum.

AUCTION: October 10, 2013 8PM*

CURATORIAL WALK-THROUGH LIVESTREAM: October 8, 2013 12-1PM

ONLINE AUCTION: September 23 – October 10, 2013

ON VIEW: October 5-12, 2013 

HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 10AM-6PM & SATURDAY, 12PM-6PM 

The exhibition and event, including the reception, live auction, and panel discussion, will be open to the public but RSVP will be required. For regular event announcements and RSVP instructions visit PADDLESON.TUMBLR.COM.

SPEAKERS:

Lindsay Howardhttp://lindsayhoward.net

Lindsay Howard (@lindsay_howard) is the curator of PADDLES ON!, the first digital art auction at Phillips.  She is the Curatorial Director of 319 Scholes and former Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States.  

She regularly speaks on topics surrounding digital art, recently at Art Basel Miami Beach, NYU-Poly, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has served on selection committees at Baltan Labs, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, The Mozilla Foundation, and The New School.

Her exhibitions champion “the new art we’ve been waiting to see for the last 30 years” (Art Fag City) and she has been recognized as the “Best of Young Brooklyn” (L Magazine) and among “10 Young Women Transforming the Art World” (TWIN Magazine).


Rafaël Rozendaal - http://www.newrafael.com

Rafaël Rozendaal (@newrafael) is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, drawings, writings and lectures. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, he attracts a large online audience of over 40 million visits per year. 

His work researches the screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality into condensed bits, in a space somewhere between animated cartoons and paintings. 

His installations involve moving light and reflections, taking online works and transforming them into spatial experiences. He also created BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open source DIY curatorial format that is spreading across the world rapidly.

Addie Wagenknecht - http://placesiveneverbeen.com

Addie Wagenknecht (@wheresaddie) is an American artist based in Austria whose work explores the relationship between hacking and conceptual and social art.

She is a member of the Free Art & Technology Lab and chairs the Open Hardware Summit at MIT.  Her work has been exhibited internationally at Museumsquartier Vienna, The Istanbul Biennial, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and Rua Red Dublin.  Her projects are documented in a number of academic papers, books and magazines, such as the The Economist, Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, and ARTnews.

She has a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and has previously held fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, CultureLabUK, and Carnegie Mellon University.


Jamie Zigelbaum - http://jamiezigelbaum.com

Jamie Zigelbaum (@jamiezigelbaum) makes interactive sculpture—conceptual, physical, computational objects and environments that metabolize and express our emerging contemporary experience. 

His work can be found in private collections, including the Frankel Foundation for Art and the Rothschild Collection. He has exhibited internationally, in venues such as Ars Electronica, Design Miami/ Basel, The Corcoran Gallery, Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, The Creators Project, The Tech Museum, Riflemaker Gallery, and Johnson Trading Gallery. He give talks regularly; has published in many dusty, academic tomes; taught a class or two; and won awards including Designer of the Future from Design Miami/ Basel, Best Music Video and Video of the Year from the British Video Music Awards, Honorable Mention from I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, and Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica. 

Jamie has a BS in Human-Computer Interaction from Tufts University and a Masters from the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab where he spent his time inventing and researching next-generation user interfaces.

paddleson:

Everyone knows the dreaded broken image icon — you enter a website or upload a photo, but alas, all you get is a sad digital image of a dogeared piece of paper. 

Noah Spidermen and Malcolm Elijah bring those dreaded feelings to the forefront in [Screen Saver] Broken Image 01 (2013)a minute and forty-three second video piece. 

Ai Weiwei creates a cloudburst of wooden stools for the Venice Biennale

(Ai Weiwei Creates A Cloudburst Of Wooden Stools | Co.Design: business innovation design)

A new version of Mailchimp was launched on Monday. Check out what’s new and improved here: http://blog.mailchimp.com/new-mailchimp-is-here/

Mailchimp is the lead sponsor for our upcoming Art&Design Cruise on June 23rd, co-hosted by Damsels in Design.

Buy your tickets here: http://artdesigncruise.eventbrite.com/#