Digital Art and Public Space: Expanding Definitions of Public Art

Saturday and Sunday April 26-27, 2003
at Boston University and the Harvard University Art Museums


Kathy Brew
Kathy Brew is an independent media producer, a curator, and an educator. She is serving for the second season as the series/curatorial consultant for Channel 13's REEL NY. She serves on the advisory committees of Eyebeam Atelier (NY), Art Interactive (Cambridge), and the Electronic Media Film Panel at the New York State Council on the Arts. She recently completed a video with collaborator Roberto Guerra for the MIT Media Lab on her recent curatorial project ID/entity: Portraits in the 21st Century.

James Buckhouse
San Francisco based James Buckhouse's solo and collaborative artworks have been commissioned and/or presented by the Dia Foundation for the Arts, Creative Time, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. While the 2000 visiting artist at Stanford University's Digital Art Center, Buckhouse co-curated "Refresh: Art of the Screensaver."

Liz Canner and John Ewing
Media artist and filmmkaker Liz Canner is currently a Radcliffe Institute Fellow developing "The Other Side," a multi-media project addressing parolees and communities. Her previous film and media projects have been shown at the New York Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and at museums across the country. Canner's Symphony of A City collaborator John Ewing is a video, mural, and collaborative artist who has developed numerous projects emphasizing community participation and social justice. Boston-based, Ewing has worked in North America, Central America, and Cuba; his projects have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Nick Capasso
Nick Capasso is Curator at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and a frequent contributor to local, national, and internation exhibitions, publications, and discussions addressing the history and current state of public art and public sculpture and new approaches to contemporary art.

Ricardo Dominguez
Electronic Disturbance Theater co-founder Ricardo Dominguez has developed online, performance-based, and activist artworks presented online and at venues including Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and Franklin Furnace, New York. Dominguez is the recent senior editor at The Thing; he is a current Creative Capital media artist grantee.

Harrell Fletcher/Miranda July
Working solo and with various collaborators, Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July have each developed art practices that engage fundamentally with audiences. Fletcher's works have been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CoCA in Seattle, and PICA in Portland; he has been awarded residencies or major commissions in California, Minnesota, and Oregon. July's projects, including films, performances, compilation videotapes, and installation projects, have been shown/screened internationally; her audio artworks are available through Kill Rock Stars.

Bruce Hanson
Bruce Hanson (Projectorguy) has made a series of unauthorized video projections onto cultural institutions and into public spaces in Montpelier, Vermont, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Seattle and Bellevue Washington.

Emil Hrvatin
A director, a performer, and a theoretician, Emil Hrvatin is director of Maska, a Ljubljana, Slovenia publishing, performance, and educational organization. With Maska and as a solo artist, Hrvatin has produced performances, interventions, and projects at major European and North American art festivals, theaters, and various public venues.

ISPACE Design Collaborative
Kevin Keville is a lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a musician, and a software developer and co-founder of Extreme Linux. Natasha Makowski's practice extends from set, product, and materials design and development to solo and collaborative public and installation artworks. A founder of Lionheart Gallery/ISPACE, Makowski has worked with Office for Metropolitan Architecture and MTV and exhibited at Lehman/Maupin Gallery and Frederika Taylor Gallery.

Katrien Jacobs
Artist, activist, and researcher Katrien Jacobs investigates connections between performance art and erotica. Her libidot.org website has been included in exhibitions in Australia and the United States; her research and projects have been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Emerson College, where she is professor in Media Arts.

Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar
Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar have collaborated on a series of installations-their recent project "Pedestrian," and "Ghostcatching" with Bill T. Jones and "Biped" with Merce Cunningham-that have been exhibited at The Cooper-Union, MassMoCA, Rockefeller Center, Eyebeam Atelier, and the Studio Museum.

Berkan Karpat
Turkish-born, Munich-based artist Berkan Karpat works, alone and collaboratively, in a broad range of media. His current focus-realized through performances, sculpture, research, and publications-is on the sematics and the topographies of collective and personal myths: aspects of this work are to be shown at the Deutches Museum, Munich, Germany, and theatrical venues in Munich and elsewhere in Europe.

Barbara London
Barbara London has been a curator at the Museum of Modern Art since founding that institution's video program in 1974. Along with commissioning, presenting, and publishing on the work of many significant media artists, London has embarked upon several travel-intensive "dispatch projects," prospecting for new artworks in unusual parts of the world.

Jill Manton
Jill Manton is Director of the San Francisco Art Commission's Public Art Program, where she works with a very wide range of artists, project developers, community groups, and others. Manton was recently elected to the governing council of the national Public Art Network.

Nature and Inquiry Group
Donald Burgy, John Holland, Amy Robinson, Nita Sturiale and Ron Wallace are the current members of the Nature and Inquiry artist's group. Burgy visual artist, and Holland, composer, are both professors at Massachusetts College of Art. Wallace is an artist, naturalist, student of the works of Frederick Law Olmsted, and a software engineer. Sturiale is a researcher and Massachusetts College of Art professor; and Robinson is an artist with a background in physics and chemistry. The group has made presentations at the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute in Belmont, and various art venues; members have individually presented work at Harvard University's Tozzer Library, Harvard Medical School's Vanderbilt Hall, Tufts University Galleries, and University of Wales, UK.

Christiane Paul
Christiane Paul is Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent (http://www.intelligentagent.com), a service organization and information resource dedicated to digital art. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has lectured internationally on art and technology.

Dont Rhine
Dont Rhine is a founding member of Ultra-red, a collaborative group of audio activists producing radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations and public actions. Based in San Francisco, but working internationally, Ultra-red has developed projects addressing needle exchange, public sex, public housing, globalization and labor and produced websites, CDs, and albums documenting and extending their work.

John Simon
John Simon is a New York-based artist, scientist, and writer; he recently received the Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art's Trustees Award and a commission from the Guggenheim Museum. He has had 3 solo exhibitions at the Sandra Gehring Gallery in New York, and his works have been included in significant exhibitions at the Seoul Museum of Art, SITE Santa Fe, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art.

Carol Stakenas
Carol Stakenas is Curator and Deputy Director of Creative Time, a New York public arts commissioning and presenting organization that has commissioned key works by notable artists and developed significant thematic, collaborative, and residency programs. Stakenas was a lead participant in the 2002 New School (NY) Blur: New Creative Practices in Developing Technologies conference; she has written and lectured extensively on new media and social and public space.

Surveillance Camera Players
Formed as an anonymous group in New York in 1996, Surveillance Camera Players use performance, video, law, and other tools to confront the use of surveillance technologies in public space. The groups's weekly tours, media actions, re-staged plays, and other strategies have been covered by various media outlets and presented at ZKM Karlsruhe, Princeton University Art Museum, MoCA Barcelona, Williams College Art Museum, and The New Museum.


The 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival is an international biennial festival at museums, galleries, theaters, educational institutions, and public spaces in and around Boston from April 26 to May 11, 2003, and on the Festival's website, www.bostoncyberarts.org