iARTA News

New Media Caucus, Art in the Age of High Security

David Stout and Jenny Vogel, University of North Texas.

Email:david.stout@unt.edu and jenny.vogel@unt.edu

Artists have characteristically explored the potential of emergent technologies, often subverting intended functions and stimulating new design developments in the process. In an environment where security concerns accumulate a kind ofpervasive ambient narrative, artists play an important role to reveal, redefine, and repurpose the mechanisms, relationships,and unintended consequences engendered by advancing securityand defense research. Whether examining the implications of anonymous webcams, amplifying the anxiety surrounding biometric scanners, or turning the first-person shooter game backon itself, artists have critically engaged with the form, content, and cultural context surrounding systems of control. This“experimental” Open Form session seeks to integrate individual performative and/or media-rich presentations to be moderatedby a roundtable panel discussion. We invite participants using an interdisciplinary approach combining aspects of theory, prac-2013 Call For Participation 23 tice, and/or innovative pedagogy relative to the high-security apparatus increasingly embedded in our daily lives. Proposed possibilities for performance-presentation topics may include such concepts as repurposing surveillance technologies, ubiquitous profiling, the unintended consequences of control systems,weaponizing abstraction in digital art, voyeurism, and (in)voluntary surveillance.

In conjunction with "The Mirror and the Monitor" exhibition, the Haggerty Gallery will host a public talk by Jenny Vogel entitled "Images for and Unknown Public." Vogel's video, photographic, and computer-based artworks have been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. Based in New York and North Texas, Vogel is currently Assistant Professor of New Media Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

iARTA Professor, David Stout premieres a new generative animation work titled, “Shadow Box Attractions – variation .01” as part of The First International Conference and Exhibition SCIENCE ART’2012 sponsored by Lomonosov Moscow State University (http://www.msu.ru/en/). The Exhibition takes place at DNK Hall of The Central House of Artists (http://www.cha.ru) in Moscow. The event explores the field of Science-Art from multiple perspectives including,the philosophic and aesthetic grounds, art criticism, and attendant cultural and psychological foundations, theory and history, new technologies in art and design, and emerging practices in the field of science art.

http://www.science-art.ru/e.php

The video "Coms Device" will be shown in the following venues in January-February 2012:

  • Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, taking place in the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre between January 28 and February 5. From the festival website: “BEFF6, scheduled to open in Bangkok in January 2012, uses the platform of an experimental film festival to explore histories that await excavation from audio-visual archives in Southeast Asia and beyond.”
  • "Conflux", a show curated by Kate Shannon at the Pearl Conrad Gallery at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, running from January 19 to March 2 and featuring 25 artists from around the world, dealing with cross-disciplinary approaches to intersections of art and technology. More details at: http://www.confluxexhibition.com/
  • The film/video program “Satellite Stories”, curated by Marcel Schwierin for the 25th edition of the Transmediale Festival, a large scale annual festival for digital art and culture in Berlin, Germany. Transmediale 2012 takes place in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) from 31 January – 5 February and explores the theme of in/compatible. Find much more information at: http://www.transmediale.de/.

The video "Strip Studies / Lakefront East" will be shown in the exhibition and symposium "Sonic Views 2" , curated by Adiya Porat, running from February 19 to 23 at Minshar Art Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel. The exhibition deals with connections between sound and architectural and emotional landscapes.

Over There Is Over Here is an animation by Morehshin Allahyari which explores the dialectics of time, space, real and unreal to define and critique the position of those who have left Iran in the last 4-5 years in relation to current political prisoners in Iran. The project uses 3D animation and data glitch as a way to illustrate presence-less presence and to show the passage and collapse of the time.

Through a self-reflexive narrator, Over There Is Over Here alternates between the literary definition of a third person narrator to Morehshin's actual, physical “third person” role outside Iran as narrator of the story. The narrator explores her relationship with imprisoned friends and classmates. Morehshin says, "In this relationship, I am the outsider who will always fail to understand the reality of a prisoner’s life. For these reasons, the animation is a deliberate mix of real and unreal, fake and genuine."

Since the creation of this piece (Dec 2010), Morehshin's animation has been successfully exhibited and screened in many international and national events:

2011- The 6th Streaming Festival, Netherlands.
2011-2012 The Taubman Museum of art, Juried, Roanoke, Virginia (December 2, 2011 to February 26, 2012).
2011- Thomas Erben gallery, invitational, NYC, NY.
2011- 24th Annual Dallas VideoFest, invitational, Angelika Film Center, Dallas, TX.
2011- Sun Flower Art Center, CologneoFF 2011, Beirut, Lebanon.
2011- Busan International Film Festival, invitational, Busan, South Korea.
2011 - FROZEN FILM FEST: Best Animated Shorts 2011, Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA.
2011-Unlike Gallery, Juried Show, Berlin, Germany.
2011-Currents 2011, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2011-Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio.
2011-Arad art museum, Cologne Off 2011, Romania.
2011-The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany.
2011-CologneOFF 2011, Juried and curated by Alysse Stepanian.
2011-Union gallery, Juried, University of North Texas.

Professor Kenneth John Verdugo is scheduled to install two solo exhibitions in 2012 – one in Dallas at the LuminArte Gallery in March/April; which has been specifically scheduled to coincide with the Dallas art walk. There will also be a follow up to that reconfigured for a new space in late April/May at UNT on the Square. At both venues, he will be performing with composer/collaborator Jeffrey Gascon Bello at the opening and closing of each show.

The exhibit is specifically scheduled to coincide w/ the Dallas Art Walk (April 21).
Two additional performance dates are scheduled for April 21st at 4:00 and 6:00 pm.  

LuminArte -- 1727 E. Levee St., Dallas, TX, 75207

http://www.youplusdallas.com/cityblog/lower-oak-lawn/2012/03/color-your-week-with-two-art-exhibit-openings-in-lol/

http://artgroupsdfw.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=4925

http://research.unt.edu/faculty-resources/intramural-funding/faculty-research-grant-program/recent-reg-awardees

http://untonthesquare.unt.edu/industrial-american-dirge

As Verdugo explains: “The installation is my response to Jeffery Gascon’s compositions. In turn, I will be performing on percussion – within an environment that is designed to serve as a percussion studio – meaning: in effect I will be playing the room. There will be multi-media to support the performance. And once the musical piece is finished, the residue of performance will remain and the installation will be a stand-alone work on its own. A portion of this will be funded by a UNT research supported REG grant. We are currently in the rehearsal process. I am currently beginning to design and construct the environment for the work in progress.”

Aside from this list of items, Verdugo will be showing in Los Angeles in Dec at LACDA. He is also continuing to teach a course in digital imaging within the department of Dance and Theatre (Photoshop for Theatre / THEA 1700) and is currently involved with the opening of a UNT theatrical/movement piece about the Poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Lorca in a Green Dress (by playwright Nilo Cruz). The play opens Nov 9 and runs through Nov 13, 2011. He is the scenic designer /scenic charge-painter of record.

Guest artist Ivo Bol (NL) joins the UNT Sound Art class for an evening of performance, installation and multi-channel sound works. Ivo Bol is from Amsterdam, where he is active as a composer, intermedia collaborator and performer. Ivo will present several works including a demonstration of live sampling and improvisation using live instruments responding to physical gestures. The event includes graduate and under-graduate artists and composers from both the College of Visual Arts and the College of Music. Presentations include interactive sound installations, sound sculpture, noise performance and multi-channel sound works.

In her recent art and technology teaching and research, Professor Jennifer Way chaired the first ever research session featuring undergraduate students’ creative research in art and technology for UNT Scholars Day. In addition, she mentored the publication of one students’ art and technology projects and accompanying essay in The Eagle Feather, UNT’s interdisciplinary research journal featuring high quality undergraduate research. Dr. Way has completed a thirty-page essay contextualizing the project in the history and present state researching women and technology in the visual arts, with emphasis on feminist methods in history of technology research. It is in press as “Back to the Future: Women Art Technology,” in Radhika Gajjalaeditor,Cyberfeminism Digital Formations Series (Peter Lang, 2012). Also, she presented a lecture, “Back to the Future: Women Art Technology,” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), Dallas and served as a manuscript reviewer for the UK organiztion CHart, Computers and the History of Art 's publication, Chart Yearbook.

Dr.Way is presenting her paper, “Women Art Technology: subjects of convergence,” in the session, 'Feminisms of Multitudes', at the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians, UK. The session will look at the new alliances imagined, pursued and actualized by contemporary feminism in the fields of art practice, art theory and history, curating and activism.

Professor Nadav Assor's piece called Coms Device will be screened at Art Toronto International Art Fair, Oct 27-31 2011:

Art Toronto 2011: Toronto International Art Fair

Opening Night Preview, a benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario

Thursday October 27, 2011

http://www.e-flux.com/shows/view/10218

In Coms Device a performer re-delivers in realtime an improvised version of a monologue she listens to via an ipod, about an incident involving an invented digital scanning device in an Israeli army checkpoint in Palestine, and related events. She is only visible through her reflection in the camera-person's eyeball (he is also the one who recorded the original monologue). The image is aquired via a lo-fi version of an eye-tracking camera rig, such as is normally used for psychology and market research.

Since the start of the Fall semester, professor Jon Nelson has received honorable mention in two international composition competitions. His work "Just After the Rain" was selected as a finalist in the Joensuu Soundscape Composition Competition 2011 (Joensuu,Finland) and his "Turbulen Blue" received honorable mention in Portugal's Electroacoustic Competition Música Viva 2011. This work, which makes extensive use of Nelson's recent research forays into physical modeling, was also performed on September 22 at the Channel Noise V Festival at Georgia Southern University. It was also presented in concert along with his work "objet sonore/objet cinétique" at the October 24 Cinema for the Ears concert at Louisiana State University where he served as a guest composer.Nelson's percussion quartet and tape work "Other Terrains" is being presented in concert by the IRAMA Percussion Ensemble at UNT on October 31 and by the Sibelius Academy Percussion Ensemble in Helsinki, Finland on November 1.

Nelson is also working to complete two new compositions: "Bebop in the Forest of Lonely Rhythms" for flute and interactive electronics and "Inside a Cloud of Butterflies" for guitar and interactive electronics. These two works swill be premiered during Spring of 2012.

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