|Cyberarts in the Fenway
We're delighted to report that CyberArtCentral, the central headquarters and visitor center for the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival, will be located on the ground floor of 1330 Boylston, a brand-new luxury apartment building in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. CyberArtCentral will occupy a spacious corner storefront location that is convenient for visitors and provides excellent visibility for people passing by.
Visitors to CyberArtCentral will be able to pick up information about the Festival, learn more about specific exhibitions and events, talk to Festival volunteers, and purchase Festival merchandise. In addition, the space will host an exhibition of artwork by area digital media art students, which is being organized by Boston Cyberarts staff.
"We are grateful to Samuels & Associates for making space available in this sparkling new building," said Festival Director George Fifield. "It will provide a fitting space for display of artwork, and a welcoming environment for our visitors." Of particular note is that the first weekend of the Festival coincides with a three-game home stand against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, right across the street -- so we figure there will be plenty of people walking by.
1330 Boylston, which opened in August, 2008, features 200 modern apartment residences and several retailers and restaurants. It is Samuels & Associates' second high profile project in the Fenway neighborhood; the other is the Fenway Triangle Trilogy, open since 2006. More information on 1330 Boylston Street is available at www.1330boylston.com.
|PARSE at AXIOM
One of the many ways that participating Festival organizations think outside the box is by scheduling their exhibitions to start before the official Festival start date. You can get an early view of a terrific exhibition at AXIOM, beginning March 27.
"PARSE:Visualizing Data That Makes Us Human" features the work of artists who who use data to create works that present new perspectives on the underlying information. The artists in PARSE sort, separate and amalgamate information, creating intricate visualizations in of our brainwaves during REM sleep, our genetic code, our social ICONS, and even our carnal desires. Their representations capture anew both some of what's unique in each person, as well as what we all share. The show is curated by AXIOM Founding Director Heidi Kayser and features works by artists Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, Jason Salavon, Ben Fry, and Jen Hall.
There's an opening reception on Friday March 27 and the exhibition runs through May 10. The AXIOM Center for New & Experimental Media is located at 141 Green Street in Jamaica Plain. For more information call 617-653-7774, email .
|Syntax at the PRC
Also later this month the Photographic Resource Center at BU opens its Festival show called "Syntax." This group exhibition brings together work that addresses the concept of digital information and systems -- their meaning and aesthetics -- in their work. "Syntax" considers artists who address or create new forms of digital syntax via computer programs or through some sort of digital processing or selection.
The PRC is a long-time friend of the Festival and has produced some of the most acclaimed and popular shows we've had. They participated in the very first Festival in 1999 by hosting a digitally-themed version of their annual juried exhibition. This year, the PRC pays homage to these beginnings by meditating on digital language itself. Featured artists come from all around the US and include Patricia Ambrogi, Leigh Brodie, Benno Friedman, Meggan Gould, Brian Piana, Mark J. Stock, Luke Strosnider, and Matthew Swarts.
The exhibition opens on March 27, and there's an opening reception on April 2. The PRC is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For more information call 617.975.0600 or visit www.prcboston.org.
|Kudos to Filthy Fluno!
Our friend Jeff Lipsky (aka Filthy Fluno in Second Life, at left) was the subject of an extensive article in a recent New York Times Magazine called "Portrait of the Artist as an Avatar." The article is an interesting description, for both experts and the uninitiated, of the virtual world of Second Life and the folks who inhabit it.
Filthy Fluno's virtual environment Artropolis in Second Life is a well-established artists's colony, featuring art, music, performance spaces, exhibition spaces, and artist residents. Artropolis will be the site of a major Cyberarts Festival exhibition, being organized by Filthy himself along with John Lester, Carmin Karasic, and Melita Podesta, and featuring work by many artists. Some of the work will also be on view in the non-virtual world, including the CounterpART Gallery in Lowell and the gallery at U. Mass Dartmouth.
To read the text of the New York Times article (and to see a photo of what Jeff looks like in the non-virtual world), click here
Virtual reality is a major theme at this year's Festival, including works that will be seen at the Goethe Institut and the Cambridge Arts Council. More information to follow ... so stay tuned!
|Follow us around
There's a lot going on in this year's Festival, and we want to be sure you know all about it! Our Cybercorrespondents are fanning out around the area, interviewing artists and getting the advance scoop on the events and exhibitions. It will all be posted on our Artist Blog starting later this month, so keep in touch. You may also want to set yourself up now to follow us on Twitter -- we're not tweeting yet, but we're putting together a Twitter team of artists who will be tweeting from various events and exhibitions once the Festival gets going.
And don't forget that you can start right now communicating with other fans of cyberart through our own conversational network. Or friend us on Facebook. In the coming weeks we're also planning to set up a Flickr center where you'll be able to upload your favorite photos from the Festival -- or the world of cyberart in general.
We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from you!
Become a sponsor!
Sponsoring the Boston Cyberarts Festival is a great way for
corporations to connect with our creative, tech-savvy audience, and to
be part of this great region-wide collaboration. If you're interested
in becoming a sponsor for the next Boston Cyberarts Festival, contact George Fifield at 617.524.2109 or .
We are so very grateful to the following long-time sponsors:
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Massachusetts Cultural Council, John & Abigail Adams Arts Fund
Phoenix Media Communications Group
And many other generous institutions and individuals. Isn't it time for YOUR company to join us?