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  • CHANDLER McWILLIAMS in DRIVE-BY-ART Los Angeles EAST

    DRIVE-BY-ART Los Angeles
    Organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske and Anuradha Vikram

    Two locations will be divided East and West of Western Avenue over two weekends.
    Chandler McWilliams The whole sky and the map behind, without end, 2020 sound, radio 1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA EAST Los Angeles
    MAY 23rd-25th, 2020, 12-6pm
    Night viewing: Sat., May 23rd, 8pm-midnight

    https://www.drive-by-art.org/los-angeles/east-la/

  • VICTORIA VESNA - In Drive-By-Art (Public Art In This Moment of Social Distancing)

    Drive-By-Art (Public Art In This Moment of Social Distancing) Organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske and Anuradha Vikram

    AS THE CROW FLIES: 1 mile = 2640 dead bodies
    ARTIST STATEMENT: 100,000 people will be dead in the USA by May 30th and the number is increasing daily with no end in sight. It is hard to wrap one's head around this statistic and even more difficult in Los Angeles where we are already spread about and mostly move around in our cars. Every single person dying unexpectedly is a tragedy. We do however daily think and consider our movement in space and time based on the status roads / traffic and miles to our destinations. If we calculate the number of bodies that died, using the width of a burial casket, shoulder to shoulder in a mass grave, one mile would be equivalent to 2640 bodies or almost 40 miles across the USA. On the corner of Ocean and Montana, Santa Monica

    May 30-31

    https://www.drive-by-art.org/

  • LENA NW's game & album Nightmare Temptation Academy released!

    Lena NW’s new game and album Nightmare Temptation Academy has just been released and is available to download and play for free! Nightmare Temptation Academy is a choose your own adventure/dating-simulation game set in high school in an alternate universe at the end of the world. Players navigate the world as a depressed and anxious teenaged hyena girl, confronting mortality, attempting sanity, and seducing classmates against the backdrop of the apocalypse.

    Nightmare Temptation Academy has been featured in Bitch Media and Audiofemme and is currently nominated for an award at A MAZE Festival in Berlin. The game contains violent and sexual content that may be disturbing to some and is for mature audiences 18+.

    Download game: http://www.lenanw.com/nightmaretemptationacademy
    Listen to the album: https://open.spotify.com/album/1Lwa6IwhH22dPkVvL04DRu

    Audiofemme article: https://www.audiofemme.com/woman-of-interest-lena-nw-nightmare-temptation-academy-album-video-game/

    https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/nightmare-temptation-academy-is-challenging-video-game-culture

  • DASUL KIM - Turbulence and the White Girl

    This performance is inspired by COVID-19 pandemic. About midnight on March 29, a plane leaving San Francisco to Seoul. The main character A meets the mysterious girl. Suddenly, they go through turbulence. During the 45 minutes of anxiety caused by turbulence, A falls into deep thoughts about this chain of events. This performance gives questions about life and death.

    5/30 Sat 10pm
    Zoom livestream
    Link: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/98133172837
    Meeting ID: 981 3317 2837

    https://www.dasulkim.com

  • RUI HU in group exhibition in Beijing "Meditations in an Emergency"

    2020.5.21 - 2020.8.30
    Group exhibition at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, "Meditations in an Emergency"
    798, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Street, Beijing


    The world is undergoing, separately, the first global moment of the twenty-first century. Amidst a pandemic that has brought commerce and culture to a halt, and against the backdrop of renewed mortality, heightened tension, and amorphous suspension, we wonder: What is art for?

    The exhibition brings together more than twenty artists from China and elsewhere, and includes works made in the past fifteen years. It takes its name from the title of an anthology by Frank O’Hara (1926-1966), the American poet better known during his short lifetime as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art. “In times of crisis,” he declares in one of the featured poems, “we must all decide again and again whom we love.”

    Participating artists:

    Forensic Architecture, Musquiqui Chihying, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Han Bing, Christopher K. Ho, Joyce Ho, Hsu Chia-wei, Hu Rui, Pierre Huyghe, Jiang Zhuyun, Oliver Laric, Amiko Li, Li Liao, Lu Lei, Shana Moulton, Qiu Anxiong, Mika Rottenberg, Angela Su, Wolfgang Tillmans, Yi Xin Tong, Wang Bing, Yang Fudong, Zhang Hui, Zhang Peili, Robert Zhao Renhui, Payne Zhu.

    “Meditations in an Emergency” is curated by the UCCA exhibitions team: Guo Xi, Luan Shixuan, Ara Qiu, Rocky Lin, Duffy Du, and Neil Zhang.

    https://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/meditations-in-an-emergency/

  • CURTIS TAMM; How to Make One's Self into a Siren: An Acoustemological Mix

    How to Make One's Self into a Siren: An Acoustemological Mix by Curtis Tamm
    Acoustic + Epistemology = Acoustemology

    “As place is sensed, senses are placed; as places make sense, senses make place.”—Steven Feld

    LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab is pleased to present a special audio mix by 2017 LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Curtis Tamm. As part of his project, Tympanic Tether, the artist conducted audio visual fieldwork in geologically active parts of the world to re-evaluate the relationship between culture and natural catastrophes. Traveling to Santorini, Greece, Yellowstone National Park in the U.S., East Iceland, and multiple locations in Japan, he researched the experiential and technological origins of the siren as a warning device and developed a series of new “siren candidates.” Far from typical sirens, the sounds in the mix aim to heal trauma. Instead of a shrill wail, think of resonating temple bells, the visceral bubbling of thermal mud pots, and the distant calls of wildlife across Yellowstone’s vast Central Plateau.

    We sat down with Tamm to talk about his research and travels and learn why it may be worth rethinking the role of the aural warning siren in our lives today.


    Here is the link to Part 1:

    please take good care!

    https://unframed.lacma.org/2020/05/14/how-make-ones-self-siren-acoustemological-mix-curtis-tamm%E2%80%94part-1

  • GELARE KHOSHGOZARAN one of Twenty artists who received Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grants

    The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation revealed the 20 contemporary artists receiving its 2019 Biennial Grants, which come with an unrestricted $20,000 for each recipient. Past recipients of the prize are a veritable who’s-who of influential contemporary artists, and this year’s class is equally impressive.

    https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-twenty-artists-received-louis-comfort-tiffany-foundation-grants-including-tschabalala-paul-mpagi-sepuya

  • THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS - Notes to Readiness: Step 1

    Are you a prepper or do you belong to the Golden Horde?
    An epic online role-play battle is about to begin.

    Notes to Readiness: Step 1
    Enter and Play live on Onassis YouTube
    Thursday May 14 2020
    20:00 (GMT +3) | 10:00am (PST)

    Peoples, This is a call to arms!

    “Notes to Readiness: Step 1” is a new participatory performance, streaming live this Thursday 14.5.2020 at 20:00 (GMT +3) | 10:00AM PST on Onassis Youtube channel.

    Drawing on the reactionary cult of "preppers" (individuals and groups prepping for survival in scenarios of catastrophe and civil collapse), Kostis Stafylakis, Theo Triantafyllidis and Alexis Fidetzis use role play to develop a set of characters for “Readiness,” an immersive work that seeks to dissect the apocalyptic fantasies of preparedness. “Readiness” unfolds in the form of an online epic battle between a group of preppers and the Golden Horde, the rampant mass of the ‘unprepared’, in preppers’ patriotic jargon and literature.

    Using a tabletop play structure that extends to domestic environments, the artists produce a live stream that interacts with the YouTube audience via YouTube's live chat. In a play mode, these characters will share notes on readiness, suggest strategies of survival, and develop a sensual lexicon for our on-going confinement.

    Performed by
    Kostis Stafylakis, Theo Triantafyllidis, Alexis Fidetzis, Aliki Stenou

    Guest performance by Sasha Gransjean

    This artwork was created in the context of ENTER project, an initiative of Onassis Foundation. Onassis Stegi and Onassis USA give artists from all around the world 120 hours to create from home a series of new original commissions; sharing their new reality. Let’s ENTER.

    https://www.onassis.org/enter/notes-readiness-step-1-kostis-stafylakis-theo-triantafyllidis-alexis-fidetzis

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY and DAVID LEONARD Selected as 2020 Sundance New Frontier Story Lab Fellows

    Six projects and artist teams have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, which supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media, live performance, and technology. The New Frontier Story Lab empowers independent creatives through individual story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations from Creative Advisors and Industry mentors across multiple disciplines.

    https://www.sundance.org/blogs/news/2020-new-frontier-story-lab

  • MFA alumnus Osman Khan was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship


    OSMAN KHAN
    Current Fellow

    Fellow: Awarded 2020

    Field of Study: Fine Arts

    Competition: US & Canada

    Website: http://osmankhan.com

    Osman Khan is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, home/land, social and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions. Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University. He completed his MFA from UCLA in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. His work has been shown at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD), Detroit; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; L.A. Louver, L.A.; Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids; Centro Internazionale per l'Arte Contemporanea, Rome; 5c5c Seoul, Sangsangmadang, Soeul; among others. Along with a substantial exhibition career, Khan's expanded practice also includes cultural placemaking (Co-Director of the Indus Detroit, Artist Residency + Culture Lab), curatorial endeavors (Halal Metropolis Exhibition Series), and cultural enterprises (Indus Truck Works and Indus Truck Décor Corporation).

    https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/Osman-Khan/

  • With online instruction, DESMA classes foster collaboration and creativity

    The switch to online classes in response to COVID-19 has left a major impact on art students who rely heavily on visual learning to complete their classes, said Yogan Muller, a visiting design media arts lecturer. Muller said he has adjusted his lesson plans by giving students the freedom to choose a research topic for their final project and spending class periods reviewing their homework, introducing new graphic design techniques, and discussing their creative endeavors outside the classroom.

    to continue to read please click on the link.

    https://dailybruin.com/2020/04/22/with-online-instruction-desma-classes-foster-collaboration-and-creativity/

  • Ramesh Srinivasan in conversation with Ralph Nadar

    Very happy to share a recent conversation Ramesh Srinivasan had with Ralph Nader (just last week) about digital justice issues, global community and sustainable tech, all in relation to COVID-19. The conversation can be found via the Ralph Nader Radio Hour in all platforms (iTunes, etc.) but also linked below

    https://ralphnaderradiohour.com/big-tech-bernie-and-benevolent-landlords/

  • ONLINE | Design and Technology Cloud Salon: A.M. Darke

    The Design and Technology programs at Parsons are excited to announce Cloud Salon, a new online webinar that invites artists, designers, technologists, and industry professionals to present projects and engage in direct conversations with participants. These talks will be hosted over Zoom every Friday from 3~4pm (Eastern Time) from April 3 through May 8. Every event is moderated by a faculty member at Parsons Design + Technology.

    A.M. Darke is an artist, game designer, and activist designing radical tools for social intervention. They created the award-winning card game Objectif, which explores the intersection of race, gender, and standards of beauty.

    Talk at 3pm (EST)

    https://event.newschool.edu/cloudsalonamdarke

  • Gareth Walsh, Rhombus selected for FILE festival 2020

    DATE - TBD (Postponed due to COVID-19)

    Electronic Language International Festival is a non-profit cultural organization that sparks a reflexion on the main aspects of contemporary digital and electronic universe; disseminating the electronic language across Brazil and South America through events and publications since the year 2000. FILE gathers works of aesthetic expression that capture the main trends and movements of our contemporary culture, which are diversified amongst the main categories of the festival.

    Location: Sao Paulo

    https://file.org.br/highlight/file-sao-paulo-2020-suspended/

  • DARIN BUZON article on Medium

    Design Thinking is a Rebrand for White Supremacy
    How the Current State of Design is Simply a Digitally Updated Status Quo

    For all of the progress proclaimed by evangelists, little has changed from the previous century for design today. Designers still are overwhelmingly white with most executive positions continuing to be occupied by the 36% minority of men within the industry. This demographic truth, however, reflects a more urgent issue that manifests itself in structures that reify its status quo.

    With design becoming one of the most visible professions in the United States, who qualifies to enter its gates is of serious inquiry amidst the deepening socioeconomic divide between Americans. In spite of supposed attempts at diversifying the industry, entry is barred by arbitrary certification, exorbitant costs for design boot camps, and the saturation of work primarily to be reserved in rapidly gentrified urban centers.

    The consequences of this phenomenon reveal itself devastating. Communities are uprooted, socioeconomic mobility stagnates, and the original community members get pushed to the bottom, if not already neglected into destitute.

    https://medium.com/@dabuzon/design-thinking-is-a-rebrand-for-white-supremacy-b3d31aa55831

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY presents The Changing Room at Nostos Festival in Athens, Greece

    June 21-28, 2020

    The Summer Nostos Festival welcomes the new decade enthusiastically, full of optimism and energy. From June 21 to 28, 2020, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, pioneering artists, researchers, and thinkers invite us to participate in a world of ideas, opinions, collaborations, activities, performances, and film screenings.


    https://www.snfestival.org/en/news/summer-nostos-festival-june-21-28-2020/

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY in Real Feelings at HEK Basel

    May 28-August 16, 2020

    Emo¬tions could be described as the core of human experience. The international group exhibition REAL FEELINGS explores the rapidly changing relationship between technology and emotions. Artists: Antoine Catala (FR), Stine Deja & Marie Munk (DK), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Justine Emard (FR), Cécile B. Evans (UK), Ed Fornieles (UK), Maria Guta & Adrian Ganea (CH/RO), Esther Hunziker (CH), Seokyung Kim (KR), Clément Lambelet (CH), Lorem (IT), Lauren McCarthy & Kyle McDonald (US), Simone C. Niquille (CH), Dani Ploeger (NL), Lucy McRae (AU), Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR), Maija Tammi (FI), Troika (UK), Coralie Vogelaar (NL), Liam Young (AU)

    Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel
    Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Muenchenstein / Basel, CH

    https://www.hek.ch/en/program/events-en/event/opening-real-feelings.html

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY in How To Make a Paradise at Frankfurter Kunsverein

    March 27 - August 16.2020

    Paradise stirs fulfillment and longing: for far away and beauty, for effortless existence. Digital gadgets are available anytime, anywhere. They promise expansion of our comfort zone, and abduct us from the here and now. They transport us into worlds whose surface appearance is adaptable to our wishes. Participating Artists: Tega Brain, Julian Oliver & Bengt Sjölén, Elisabeth Caravella, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler, Fleuryfontaine, Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Julien Prévieux

    Frankfurter Kunstverein
    Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
    Markt 44
    60311 Frankfurt am Main


    https://www.fkv.de/en/exhibition/how-to-make-a-paradise/

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY'S "SOMEONE" wins Japan Media Arts Festival Social Impact Award

    The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Japanese: Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media—from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity.

    https://j-mediaarts.jp/en/award/art/

  • DANIELLE EUBANK celebrates Earth Day with eARTh

    Help me celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with eARTh, on display at Bankhead Theater through April 27. This exhibition showcases three artists' reaction to climate change and appreciation of planet Earth. The artists are Danielle Eubank, Barbara Maricle, and Tobias Tovera. There is also a special exhibit sponsored by GeoJango featuring maps and infographics on climate change.

    Opening reception and gallery talk is:

    Saturday, March 21, 2020 Please join me. I would love to see you!
    1-3pm
    Bankhead Theater
    2400 First Street
    Livermore, CA 94550


    https://www.danielleeubankart.com/antarctica

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