LENA NW’s Games Receive International Acclaim
Lena NW’s newly released game, Nightmare Temptation Academy, made in collaboration with Costcodreamgurl, just won the Most Amazing Award at the International A MAZE. Playful Media Festival!
Lena NW & Costcodreamgurl’s game Viral, created for the Rhizome.org Internet Art Microgrant in 2015, has been put on the 2020 Longlist for the Lumen Prize 3D/Interactive Award.
The A MAZE. Award: https://2020.amaze-berlin.de/award-winners/
The Lumen Prize Long List: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SXZtl_1HTSTiMgqHipi_J-OTS-1RGoN0n-CD_PBhqNI/edit#slide=id.g8c69f985bd_0_34
Download Nightmare Temptation Academy: http://www.lenanw.com/nightmaretemptationacademy
Play Viral: http://www.viralgame.org/
GELARE KHOSHGOZARAN awarded Graham Foundation Grant
Since the occupation of the US Embassy in Iran in 1979, both countries have severed diplomatic ties. For the past four decades, the building of the former Iranian Embassy and the ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC have been vacant. Legally and symbolically in a liminal state, the former embassy may not be rented or occupied while the US sanctions on Iran prevent the US government or persons from investing funds in the restoration of a property belonging to a country under embargo. Spanning historical and architectural research, law, autobiography, and film, this project reconstitutes the shuttered embassy from disjunctive fragments of photographs, objects, text, architectural debris, and speculation to collapse the dichotomies of inside and out, interior and exterior. In the absence and impossibility of an archive, the embassy will be recreated spatially, spectrally, and ephemerally within the context of increasingly hostile relations between Iran and the US.
Rebeca Méndez invited to participate in the Get Out The Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote poster campaign and exhibitions
2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920. The Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote poster campaign, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, invited a diverse list of 100 American female graphic designers to design non-partisan posters to commemorate 100 years of women’s voting rights, and to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2020 election.
To see the poster collection visit AIGA Get Out The Vote 2020
Posters are available for download and printing for use in exhibitions, events, and rallies. The 2020 initiative builds on AIGA’s previous Get Out The Vote poster campaigns (see link), yet distinctly highlights women’s voting rights.
Exhibition venues include: RISD Museum, and MSU Union Art Gallery and the poster collection is included in the permanent collection of the The Poster House of NYC, as they work to recognize women in graphic design.
In partnership with AIGA’s Diversity + Inclusion Task Force and the League of Women Voters, we are bringing this project to a national stage on which the female design community can join forces to collectively contribute to dialogue in design and society. This moment in history is an incredible opportunity to catalyze women in design, voting rights, citizenship, community, and diversity. years of women’s voting rights, and to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2020 election.
Visit VOTE411.org to find out about upcoming elections in your community.
Artist Statement: The female physical body was, and continues to be, affected by colonialism. The image of the female torso represents the body vulnerable and strong, incorporating the words as scars, yet fully present with agency over her transformability. My inspiration for the text are words by Daina Ramey Berry, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin, which I interpret to accept the incompleteness of the emancipation process and are a call to action to reshape our systems of oppression. "During this moment, I feel that we still need to be emancipated. There are still freedoms that need to be protected. There are still laws that need to be revised. There are more people that need to be included. There are more things to achieve. There is more space for change and growth."
Rebeca Méndez participates in the Anchorage Museum’s SEED Lab 'Shelter’ initiative.
SEED Lab supports creative responses to climate change and envisions sustainable futures for Anchorage and the globe.
With COVID-19, SEED Lab is focusing on the outdoors and the virtual. In conjunction with the Museum’s North x North Reimagined Festival (August 22 – November 22, 2020), the Shelter initiative activates Anchorage outdoor spaces while we all try to cope with the indoor dangers of COVID-19. The series of “shelters” will be installed throughout Anchorage in late August and will serve as meeting places and conversation portals—places to have small conversations around climate and climate justice. SEED Lab is working with artist Marek Ranis on the shelters’ structure and 12 artists whose images will transform them physically as a way of introducing issues around climate, as well as convey ideas of shelter from and in nature, and broader ideas of the arctic landscape.
ERKKI HUHTAMO'S Study on Self-Driving Cars Published
Professor Erkki Huhtamo has published a study about Self-Driving Cars as a Media Machine for Posthumans in the 26th Artnodes Journal, special issue with Leonardo/ISAST on AI, ARTS & DESIGN: QUESTIONING LEARNING MACHINES, edited by Ruth West and Andres Burbano. The issue included essays by Philip Galanter, Erkki Huhtamo, Meredith Tromble, Annabel Castro, Hugo Felipe Idárraga, Angus Forbes, Eitan Mendelowitz, Bruno Caldas, Pilar Rosado, Ferran Reverter, Sharath Chandra Ram, Ahmed Elgammal, Marian Mazzone, Santiago Rementeria-Sanz, and miscellany articles by Sofía Marín-Cepeda and Mikel Otxoteko.
Open Access Texts in English and Spanish are ready for you to read and enjoy. You can download the contributions at:
JOHANNA HEDVA - GOD IS AN ASPHYXIATING BLACK SAUCE
Johanna Hedva's solo exhibition at Klosterruine Berlin is currently open, now through 3 august.
“For the exhibition God is an Asphyxiating Black Sauce, Hedva brings together works from over 10 years, written and spoken text, songs and performances, creating an exhibition that reveals matters of accessibility to be the very condition of any meaningful exploration of absence(s) and nothingness. The installation continues Hedva’s search for the break up of the unholy unity of time and productivity, and creates a soundscape of noise, music, and language that prods and howls at the infinite. How does this absence feel, how does it sound, this black sauce that flows under, through, without, and in our everyday time? Does absence actually exist? Or is it not always interspersed with stories, memories, and ghosts?”
featuring new and unreleased tracks by William Fowler Collins, Gabie Strong and Pauline Lay, Geneva Skeen, and Anja Kanngieser. poster images made by Johannes Beck. Custom website and livestream camera made by Universal Solvent Studios. Curated by Christopher Weickenmeier.
The Abstract Language of Memory: REFIK ANADOL Studio
Saturday, July 25th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm | RSVP
The Abstract Language of Memory: Refik Anadol Studio
Join the Fowler Museum and Refik Anadol, internationally recognized media artist and UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts’ Visiting Researcher, for a live virtual tour of his lab in Frogtown. Refik will give us a behind the scenes look at his Artificial Intelligence research and the tools he has created to enable machines to learn from pools of data and visually dream by creating data paintings. He will also share his progress on neuro-scientific projects that seek to find and duplicate the moment of human memory recollection. Finally, we will have the unique opportunity to accompany Refik into his Infinity Room, an immersive space created through quantum computing. Q&A will follow. Program is free, but RSVPs are required.
Infinity Room: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rr5a42c6iilay59/AADoLTFQgKgK_gpoX68LjzZRa/Infinity%20Room/Images?dl=0&preview=Infinity+Room+-+021.jpg&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
RSVP Required see link.
NEARREST NEIGHBOR, 2020 DMA MFA exhibition in The Wrong Degree Show
July 20th - December 20th, 2020
The Wrong Degree Show
NEARREST NEIGHBOR, the 2020 DMA MFA exhibition is in The Wrong Degree Show, featuring +600 art graduates of schools and universities around the world.
Open until December 20th, 2020.
Please view online.
LAUREN LEE McCARTHY exhibiting new commission Vibe Check at HeK Basel
Lauren Lee McCarthy will be exhibiting new work Vibe Check, created with collaborator Kyle McDonald, at the Real Feelings exhibition at Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel. Works by 20 artists are presented in the show, ranging from interactive installations to artificial intelligence, animations, video installations and photography. They explore how technology today represents, manipulates and changes our emotions. Several works will be newly produced in the context of the exhibition.
August 28 - October 15, 2020
Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein / Basel
LAUREN LEE McCARTHY awarded Eyebeam Rapid Response Fellowship
Lauren Lee McCarthy, along with collaborators Grace Lee and Tony Patrick, have been selected as part of the cohort of Eyebeam “Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future" Fellows, a new, artist-led initiative to build a better digital world free, as Shoshana Zuboff warns, “of a ubiquitous digital architecture, a ‘big other.’” A diversity of recipients across race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, age, and geography have been awarded with a fast moving, transdisciplinary platform to develop and contribute responsive, potentially groundbreaking ideas in approximately 90 days.
[Alien] Star dust Signal to Noise: Guided Meditation Journey
Tuesday, July 7 2pm PST – 3pm PST
[Alien] Star dust Signal to Noise: Guided Meditation Journey by Victoria Vesna with collaborators: Eli Joteva (3D imaging and animation), Debra Isaac (3D imaging and animation), Rhiannon Catalyst (voice), Paul Geluso (audio), Clinton Van Arnam (audio), John Brumley (audio), Ivana Dama (visual mix)
[Alien] Star Dust premiered on March 10, 2020, at the Natural History Museum in Vienna as a site-specific immersive art experience, the day before the city and all of Europe and most of the world closed down due to the COVID 19 virus. This version was created in quarantine and meant for all to experience as a way inside and guide us out of our bodies and escape into the vast space of our minds. Premiering with the support of Harvestworks, this work is meant to be experienced as a guided meditation bringing to life the sensations of meteorites and micro-meteorites falling on all continents and mixing with the anthropogenic dust falling on our planet from many dimensions. Layers of sounds from inner and outer space with animations of dust and data driven by corona deaths are presented with the intent of honoring those who left their bodies without preparation and all who are suffering.
This online version was created as a meditation that is guided by the artist following the extra-terrestrial, terrestrial, and human-made dusts traveling far and wide and creating complexity that is part of an invisible reality. Most go about their daily life without being aware of ever thinking about the extraterrestrial dusts that could be on their kitchen floor, right here on earth. The alien signal is lost in the human noise and the group meditation reclaims our vision of planetary citizenship.
AWARD Dedicated to the Hong Kong protesters by ERIC SIU & Joel Kwong
Be Water by Hong Kongers
Dedicated to the Hong Kong protesters by Eric Siu & Joel Kwong
“Be Water” is a famous saying of martial arts star Bruce Lee: to be shapeless, formless, and able to adapt to any situation. This philosophy has recently been embraced by the protest movement in Hong Kong. The latest wave of protests began in 2019 in response to an extradition bill that threatened the territory’s judicial independence. The protests have now become a case study in the use of digital activism to safeguard democratic freedoms.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, was returned to mainland China in 1997. Since then, Hong Kong has been governed by the constitutional principle of “One Country, Two Systems.” Under this principle, Hong Kong continued to have its own governmental systems and legal, economic, and financial affairs, including trade relations with other countries, all of which are independent from those of mainland China. However, the interpretation of this principle has occasionally caused tensions to erupt.
Christina “Phazero” Curlee one of ten designers on Ratchet and Clank:Rift Apart
Christina "Phazero" Curlee is one of ten game designers on Ratchet and Clank:Rift Apart recently announced at the Sony Playstation Future of Gaming Reveal Event. Ratchet and Clank is one of the longest running and most popular series on the Playstation console. You can see some of Christina's design work in the featured gameplay demo:
LAUREN LEE McCARTHY awarded Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Interactive Art
Lauren Lee McCarthy was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the Interactive Art + category for her piece SOMEONE. The work also received a STARTS Prize Honorable Mention. The work will be exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria this September.
PETER LUNENFELD endorses new book on Atari Design
Peter Lunenfeld blurbs Ray Guins' Atari Design: Impressions on Coin-Operated Video Game Machines (Bloomsbury, 2020), saying the book "rescues the coin-operated arcade game from 1970s nostalgia [and] cross-pollinates design history with game studies, reminding us that software is always grounded in hardware."
GELARE KHOSHGOZARAN has an essay in this new book, Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value
Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value, edited by C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp (From Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture, MIT Press, copublished with the New Museum)
Here is a link to the book;
THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS' Ritual hosted by Meredith Rosen Gallery, NY
🐜 Ritual (Nature is Healing), Theo's first solo online exhibition hosted by Meredith Rosen Gallery, NY opens on June 7th. Featuring a new software piece and a series of sculptures and tapestries installed in an undisclosed location in the California Desert. Inspired by a Game Engine tech demo and conceived as a site-specific intervention within its downloadable assets, Ritual questions the ways we perceive the mediated landscape. For more information read the full press release below.
Please join us for the opening, that will take the form of a youtube live stream of the Live Simulation on Sunday June 7th, 6-7pm EST with a live chat hangout and commentary. The show will open June 7, remain online through July 12, 2020 and then disappear forever.
DASUL KIM, ERIN COONEY & BERFIN ATAMAN in Street Video Series
Streetview Video Series
Drop by Oxy Arts to see videos by local artists through our street-facing window on York Boulevard!
May 28, 8:00 pm - July 2, 8:00 pm
Location: Oxy Arts on York (4757 York Boulevard)
Free and open to the public
Event Date:Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Thursday, July 2, 2020
Streetview Video Series
May 28 - July 2, 2020
8pm - 12am nightly
Every evening, the Streetview Video Series will showcase work by local artists on a loop in our Black Box space. Drop by to see the videos through our street-facing window on York Boulevard. The full videos will be archived on our youtube page for viewing.
The Streetview Video Series offers a platform to artists who may not currently have access to traditional venues to screen their work. The project includes work from recent MFA grads from Los Angeles institutions, established video artists and work from our local media arts partners.
Screening Schedule: May 28 - June 4: Selected videos by graduating MFA students from Art Center, Otis and UCLA.
June 4 - June 11: Selections from Echo Park Film Center
June 11 - June 18: Apart or A Part from LA Freewaves
June 18 - June 25: Individual artist work, Carole Kim
June 25 - July 2: Individual artist work, Paul Pescador
RAMESH SRINIVASAN invited to join Democracy Now
Dear Colleagues, I was honored to be invited to join Democracy Now this morning in conversation with Amy Goodman to discuss a couple issues: (1) Trump's executive order related to section 230 and the tech companies, and (2) the issues we are facing with conspiracy theories gone viral online amidst the pandemic. I have been doing some writing and research on these themes and may also be publishing a written piece or two on the topic as well.
Please check the interview out and feel free to share as you see fit:
PETER LUNENFELD'S forthcoming book, got a starred review in Publishers Weekly
Peter Lunenfeld's forthcoming book, City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Reimagined, got a starred review in Publishers Weekly which concluded with the line, "Readers will be spellbound."