The Collision of Physical & Virtual Space in Digital Art
"This group of artists uses the power of media and computing technology to enhance the human need for communication and expression."
-Red Burns, Chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
New York, NY - Convergence: The Collision of Physical and Virtual Space in Digital Art, is a pioneering collaborative exhibition of cutting-edge artists curated by Studio IMC, a new media design and artist management studio. The show opens Thursday, June 3 with a reception from 6-9pm and runs through June 19. Museum visitors can “meet the artists” in an informal discussion of their work on Saturday, June 5, 1-2pm.
Convergence is an exhibition where new media art and communications technology challenge traditional concepts of portraiture, art, and gallery space. Convergence tells of a new role for technology in contemporary art, one where the boundaries are blurred between old and new media and between digital and physical realms.
In the traditional museum and gallery setting the visitor is an observer who is physically separated from the artworks. Convergence invites Museum visitors to touch and manipulate the works which brings them to life. In this way, the artworks foretell a future in which more democratic and powerful modes of communication will allow a greater multiplicity of people to express themselves and share ideas freely.
The exhibition features the innovations of nine visionary artists, designers, engineers, programmers, and musicians from the U.S. and Europe, reflecting a rich diversity of cultural perspectives, and representing a new breed of international artist who is skilled in wide variety of disciplines. Many of these artists are also teachers and researchers at NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Yale University, and Eyebeam. Among those exhibiting are Jean-Marc Gauthier, a professor in the NYU ITP, and Daniel Shiffman artist, mathematician, programmer, and ITP researcher. Mr. Shiffman will be showing his well-known interactive work, Swarm, recently featured in the New York Times. Other new media designers include Liubo Borisov, James Clar, Konrad Kaczmarek, Dana Karwas, Miro Kirov, James Tunick, and Gabriel Winer.
Convergence is being produced in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum, Surface Tension, curated by Manon Slome, which addresses the influence of technology on contemporary painting. Slome, Chief Curator of the museum, states that “the power of much of contemporary painting is that it has absorbed the technological into its vocabulary and extended the range of painting… creating a transparent space where images accumulate, distort, overlap and intersect.” As an extension, the works in Convergence further reflect the symbiosis between traditional artistic mediums and the emerging vocabulary of new media art.
The exhibition is part of the Project Room program series and ‘Introductions’ workshops in the arts and technology produced by Nina Colosi with Electronic Music Foundation. These programs are made possible by a grant from the Roland Corporation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
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