|Stop by CyberArtCentral
Your first Festival visit should be to CyberArtCentral, located at 1330 Boylston Street in the Fenway area. You can pick up a guide to Festival events, talk to staffers and volunteers about what events and exhibitions you should be planning -- and buy a tshirt (modeled here by Boston Cyberarts' fabulous staffers Autumn and Jennie) so you have something to wear when you go to all those events and exhibitions.
While you're at CyberArtCentral, you can view "Continuum," an exhibition that features computer animations from the 1960's from the Anne & Michael Spalter collection of experimental digital films (originally produced by Bell Labs) alongside a juried exhibition of works by digital art students from Brandeis, RISD, MassArt, the School of the MFA, and other area schools. Also showcased is LocaModa's interactive, real-time, digital media screen.
CyberArtCentral is open Wed-Sat from noon-7pm and Sun from noon-6pm from now through May 10. We also understand there are Red Sox/Yankees games this weekend at Fenway Park, which is right across the street, so you might want to take the T to Kenmore rather than trying to drive ...
|Loops: A dance + technology project
Tonight! Dance and technology take center stage with "Loops," an exhibition and performance inspired by Merce Cunningham's solo dance "Loops." The story of "Loops" began in 2001 when artists Paul Kaiser, Shelly Eshkar and Marc Downie created a digital artwork by motion-capturing Merce Cunningham as he performed. The artists developed a sophisticated software program that turned the motion-capture data into a flowing abstract digital portrait; they later added multiple screens and a soundtrack. In 2008, the Cunningham Foundation and the OpenEnded Group (an organization consisting of Kaiser, Eshkar, and Downie) placed all the material online as open source, where it would be available for repurposing by other artists.
Boston Cyberarts, with a grant from the LEF Foundation, commissioned four media artists - Brian Knep, Golan Levin, Casey Reas, and Sosolimited -- to utilize the "Loops" material in whatever way they chose to create new works. The results (a screenshot of Casey's work is shown here) are on display at the MIT Museum during the Festival, and the works, along with their code, are all online as open source for use by others.
Also at the MIT Museum, Critical Moves Contemporary Dance Series presents a performance tonight by two dancer-choreographers performing works inspired by the "Loops" project. Jonah Bokaer performs "False Start," an excerpt of his evening length "Three Cases of Amnesia", a technology-influenced solo dance and media work. Marjorie Morgan performs a new solo work of her own, involving live looping sound tracks and simultaneous solo dancing. Sound and video are provided by Jed Speare. The evening also includes a keynote talk by Marc Downie of OpenEnded Group, and a Q&A.
The opening of the "Loops" exhibition runs from 5:30-7:30 pm, and the performance is at 8pm. For more information or to view the works and the "Loops" code, go to /festival/loops/.
|What's happening today: April 24
Music fans have two events to choose from today. The Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS) presents a half-day marathon featuring guest artist Charles Dodge and pianist Sarah Bob. The event includes numerous works by Charles Dodge, including a performance of "Any resemblance is purely coincidental," along with newly composed works by Brandeis graduate composers. There's an artist talk with Charles Dodge at 4pm, and the concert starts at 8pm. BEAMS is a regular collaborator with Boston Cyberarts, and has participated in four of the five previous Festivals.
Also this evening, the Megapolis Audio Festival kicks off at 7pm with a performance by The Lothars. The group began in 1996 as an experimental indie band based on the theremin, an early electronic musical instrument controlled without contact from the player. During the course of several albums, the Lothars has moved toward a more improvisational electroacoustic trance/drone sound. They often perform with two theremins, a hammered dulcimer, a flute, and electronics.
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation opens its Cyberarts exhibitions this evening. "Go Modelmental!" is one exhibition taking place at two locations:154 Moody Street and 289 Moody Street, both in Waltham. The exhibition features student and faculty work that blends multimedia, digital, and traditional modeling techniques with an emphasis on 3D printing sculpture, installation, video and animation. The 154 Moody Street location also is the venue for "The Otherside of In," a series of Lexan wall sculptures that interact with viewers and the space. The opening reception is from 6-9pm at 154 Moody Street.
The South Shore Art Center is the site for "Losing Ground: Work by Dorothy Simpson Krause" (right). Crossing the boundaries between large-scale mixed media pieces and artist books, the artist's work links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue- in this case on the topic of global warming and the environment. The opening reception is this evening at 6pm; on Sunday at 3pm there's an artist talk with Dot Krause and George Fifield.
|What's Happening Tomorrow
Mark your calendar for tomorrow for the following: a virtual reality panel discussion at the Boston Public Library, the opening of "Evolving Darwin's Gaze" at the MIT Museum, opening receptions at Howard Yezerski Gallery and Boston College, and workshops at Willoughby & Baltic. We'll send more info on these tomorrow - in the meantime, check our website for details.
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|Thanks to our sponsors!
Boston Cyberarts extends a grateful thanks to the many individuals and institutions who provide the support that makes it all possible.
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Art New England
Cage & Pixelyze
Koundakjian & Co
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A special thanks to all the talented artists, arts organizations, educational institutions, and individual volunteers and supporters who, by joining us, are helping Boston Cyberarts introduce new and inspiring visions of art and technology to Boston and beyond!