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For immediate release - March 23, 2007
Press Contact: J. M. Bailey (617) 971-9383

Music, Dance, Interactive Art are Major Themes of the Fifth Boston Cyberarts Festival

Boston, MA — The creative connection between two of Boston’s most vital forces – the arts community and the high-tech industry – is once again in the spotlight at the fifth Boston Cyberarts Festival, with more than 60 exhibitions and events in and around Boston and Cambridge from April 20 through May 6. The Festival, a biennial event founded by Director George Fifield and launched in 1999, is the first and largest collaboration of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America. Among this year’s highlights are:

  • Ideas in Motion: The Body’s Limit – An international roster of dance professionals and engineers are featured at this conference and performance series that explore the use of new technologies in dance.
  • Major MusicPerformances – This year’s Festival includes fourteen concerts, including the world premiere of the multimedia opera The Puzzle Master, an all-day Visual Music Marathon, and Freex to Geex II at Berklee.
  • Interactive Exhibitions – Interactivity is a major theme this year. Exhibitions featuring interactive work are taking place at ten organizations, including the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, MassArt, UMass Lowell, and of course, Art Interactive.
  • Cyberarts for Youth – Activities for young people, families, and teachers take place at Cloud Place, the Museum of Science, and the Cambridge Science Festival.

A complete listing of events is provided below; see the Festival’s website for more detail.

The Hotel @ MIT, a major sponsor of Boston Cyberarts and official hotel of the Festival, is the site of the 2007 Cyberarts Gala , taking place on Friday, May 4 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The party gives artists, spon­sors, and patrons of the arts an opportunity to meet, mingle, and view the works of some of the Festival artists. Also at the Gala, the IBM Innovation Awards will be presented to the top events and exhibitions of the 2007 Festival. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased through the Festival office.

Festival-goers can obtain information, chat with Festival staffers, obtain a CyberPass discount card, and purchase Festival merchandise at CyberArtCentral, located at Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge (near Central Square), open daily from noon to 6:00 pm. Festival-goers can also obtain a listing of all the exhibi­tions and events in the April 20 issue of The Phoenix and at participating venues.

The Festival’s website at bostoncyberarts.org contains a complete database of Festival events, which can be searched by date, venue, location, and art form. The website also contains an online gallery, HyperArtSpace, and APropos, a database and registry for artists’ proposals. For more information, call 617.524.8495 or email info@bostoncyberarts.org.

Festival Sponsors

The Boston Cyberarts Festival is grateful to the many generous individuals and institutions whose donations of funds and services have made the Festival possible.

Major sponsorship support has been provided by:

John & Abigail Adams Arts Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Hotel @ MIT
Phoenix Media and Communications Group
LEF Foundation

Additional sponsorship support has been provided by:

Art Interactive
Art New England
Bank of America
Boston Cultural Council
Cage & Pixelyze
IBM
Tech Superpowers
The MathWorks, Inc.

And many other sponsors of individual events.

Festival visitors from out of town enjoy special room rates at the Hotel @ MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge. Call 617.577.0200 or email reservations@hotelatmit.com.

Note to Editors

Photos for press (300 dpi) may be downloaded from the Press Area of the Festival website: bostoncyberarts.org. Interviews may be arranged through the Festival’s press office at 617.971.9383 or press@bostoncyberarts.org, or directly with the participating organizations.

2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival Events 

Complete descriptions of exhibitions and events are on the website at bostoncyberarts.org.

CyberArtCentral
At Art Interactive , 130 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge
Talk to Cyberart staffers, get info on events, buy a t-shirt!
Apr 20-May 6 – bostoncyberarts.org

2007 Cyberarts Gala
Hotel @ MIT , 20 Sidney St, Cambridge
An opportunity to meet and mingle with Festival artists and other Cyber-fans!
May 4, 6:30pm – bostoncyberarts.org
Sponsored by IBM and the Hotel @ MIT


Conversations

International Opportunities in the Arts
TransCultural Exchange , Northeastern Univ, Boston
Conference sessions on international residencies
Apr 28-29 – www.transculturalexchange.org

New American Dictionary Launch
Art Interactive , 130 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge
Signing and discussion of the new Interactive Security/Fear Edition
Apr 26 – www.artinteractive.org

OurFloatingPoints 4
Museum of Science , Boston
Discussion about the social and economic implications of online environment Second Life
Apr 25 – www.mos.org/brainyacts
By Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts

Powering Up: Boston's Digital Game Industry
Create Boston
Northeastern University, Boston
Conference on the digital game industry and Boston's creative economy
Apr 21 – www.createboston.com/poweringup
With funding from the John & Abigail Adams Arts Fund of the MCC

Redefining the Prosthetically Enhanced Body
MIT Whitaker Bldg, 21 Ames St, Cambridge
An exploration of the evolution of the human-machine interface
Apr 24 – web.mit.edu/lvac

Technological Frontiers and the Limits of Nature
New Radio and Performing Arts
130 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge
A panel discussion exploring the relationship of technology and the natural environment
May 3 – www.turbulence.org
Sponsored by LEF Foundation

WebAffairs
Studio Soto , 63 Melcher St, Boston
Reading and presentation by Show-n-Tell about an adult video web community
Apr 25 – www.studiosoto.com


Dance

Ideas in Motion: The Body's Limit
Green Street Studios , 185 Green St, Cambridge
A two-day conference highlighting the latest in dance+ technology with an international roster of artists and engineers
Apr 21-22 – bostoncyberarts.org
Sponsored in part by LEF Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Netherlands Consulate

Xavier Le Roy: Self Unfinished (1998)
Green Street Studios , 185 Green St, Cambridge
French-born, Berlin-based dancer Xavier Le Roy performs as part of Ideas in Motion
Apr 22 – bostoncyberarts.org
Sponsors include French Embassy NY, NEFA, MIT

Xavier Le Roy: Product of Circumstances (1999)
MIT CAVS , 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge
French-born, Berlin-based dancer Xavier Le Roy performs as part of Ideas in Motion
Apr 23 – bostoncyberarts.org
Sponsors include French Embassy NY, NEFA, MIT

Electric Haiku: Calm as Custard
Institute of Contemporary Art , 100 Northern Ave, Boston
A partnership of technology and the human body, by choreographer Cathy Weis
Apr 28-29 – www.icaboston.org
Sponsored in part by Kelly Packowski MS Foundation

Denizen by Kinodance Company
Tsai Center at BU , 685 Comm Ave, Boston
"Intermedia" performance bringing together dance, cinema, visual art, and sound
May 2-3 – www.celebrityseries.org
In association with Bank of America Celebrity Series


Exhibitions

10-Day CyberArts Festival
New England Institute of Art , 10 Brookline Pl, Brookline
Interactive art in the Gallery on the Plaza, plus Interactive Flash workshops.
Apr 24-May 4 – www.artinstitutes.edu/boston

A Mechanical Universe
TransCultural Exchange . 516 E. 2nd St, South Boston
An interactive sound and kinetic installation by Rudi Punzo and Mary Sherman
May 5 & May 12 – www.transculturalexchange.org

Animated Gestures
Art Interactive , 130 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge
Three playful interactive installations by Camille Utterback
Mar 9-May 13 – www.artinteractive.org

AURA of the Multiple
Bromfield Gallery , 450 Harrison Ave, Boston
Vivian Pratt's sculptures, in traditional wood and Cyber-versions
May 2-26 – www.bromfieldgallery.com
Sponsored by Polhemus

Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln
Works by 15 painters whose imagery is informed by current scientific visual languages
Jan 20-Apr 22 – www.decordova.org

Brian Knep: Aging
Judi Rotenberg Gallery , 130 Newbury St, Boston
Video and interactive works inspired by scientists who explore the aging process
Apr 21-28 – www.judirotenberg.com

Cameron Jamie Retrospective
MIT List Visual Arts Center , 20 Ames St, Cambridge
20 years of drawings, sculptures, films, and archival materials
May 3-July 8 – web.mit.edu/lvac

COLLISIONeleven
COLLISION collective , MIT Stata Center, Cambridge
An experimental art show of innovative and provocative works in many media
Apr 20-May 1 – www.collisioncollective.org

Cyberarts at UMass Lowell
Dugan Gallery , UMass Lowell
Multimedia exhibition from 3D animation and web design studios
Apr 9-May 3 – www.uml.edu/dept/art

CyberWindow
School of the MFA , 230 Fenway, Boston
Silent narrative works, projected onto a window - from 9 pm to dawn
Apr 20-May 6 – www.smfa.edu

Dorothy Simpson Krause: Book + Art
Whistler House Museum of Art , 243 Worthen St, Lowell
An exhibition of artist books and related mixed media work
Mar 31-May 12 – www.whistlerhouse.org

Double Psycho + (1)
Studio Soto , 63 Melcher St, Boston
A synthesis by Andrew Neumann of the Hitchcock classic "Psycho" with its later remake
Apr 22-May 6 – www.studiosoto.com

Drift Wall 2007
University Gallery , UMass Lowell
An interactive video installation by Boston-based artist Brian Knep
Apr 11-May 9 – www.uml.edu/dept/art

Encounters and Sights of Time
Mills Gallery at the BCA , 539 Tremont St, Boston
Two exhibitions exploring art and ideology, architecture and urban space
Apr 6-May 20 – www.bcaonline.org

Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments
New Radio and Performing Arts
Judi Rotenberg Gallery, 130 Newbury St, Boston
A new view of Boston's public monuments, created with mobile and GPS technologies
Apr 21-28 – www.turbulence.org
Sponsored in part by LEF Foundation

ICARUS - Escape in Space
MassArt Studio for Interrelated Media
621 Huntington Ave, Boston
An imaginative rocket ship that simulates the experience of space travel
Apr 14-27 – www.icarusconstruction.com

Inside and Outside the Magic Box
Jewett Art Center , Wellesley College, Wellesley
An exhibition of work by Wellesley's Media Arts and Science students
Apr 5-28 – www.wellesley.edu

Memory of a Looking Glass
119 Gallery , 119 Chelmsford St, Lowell
Andrea Pensado and Greg Kowalski's motion-triggered video and sound installation
Apr 10-May 19 – www.119gallery.org

Orpheus & Eurydice
Howard Yezerski Gallery , 14 Newbury St, Boston
Their timeless struggle, in photographic prints from video projections by Denise Marika.
Apr 6-May 1 – www.howardyezerskigallery.com

Picture Show
Photographic Resource Center
832 Comm Ave, Boston
Art at the intersection of photography, new media, sculpture, and installation
Mar 30-May 6 – www.prcboston.org

Pixel Nation
Emerson College , 10 Boylston Pl, Boston
An exhibition of 3D computer animation, motion graphics, and interactive media
Apr 26-28 – www.emerson.edu

Pulse Pool
Museum of Science , Boston
An unusual experience of the human autonomic nervous system
Apr 23-30 – www.turbulence.org
By New Radio and Performing Arts

_Reactive
Gallery Artists Studio Projects (GASP)
364 Boylston St, Brookline
Interactive audio/video, plexiglass, light, photocell sensors, and surround sound
Apr 26-29 – www.g-a-s-p.net

TechArt III
South Shore Art Center , 119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset
A juried show featuring works by artists from around the country
Apr 13-May 20 – www.ssac.org

Transitions
BU SCV Computer Graphics Lab
111 Cummington St, Boston
3D animated virtual environments reflecting on the dynamics of climate change
Apr 28-May 1 – scv.bu.edu/hipart/

Works from ASPECT Magazine
AXIOM Gallery , 141 Green St, Jamaica Plain
Artists from past issues of ASPECT, the DVD magazine of new media
Apr 6-May 6 – www.axiomart.org

Works from the Cave III
Brown Univ, 180 St. George St, Providence
Immersive virtual reality in Brown's "Cave"
Apr 28-29, May 5-6 – www.ccv.brown.edu/cavewriting


Music

Analog Night at Beat Research
Enormous Room , 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Featuring Pamelia Kurstin, the Greatest Living Theramin Player
Apr 23 – www.BeatResearch.com

Architect of the Air
Cambridge Science Festival , MIT Stata Center, Cambridge
Christopher Janney's immersive blend of music and architecture
Apr 23 – www.cambridgesciencefestival.org

BEAMS Electronic Music Half-Marathon
Slosberg Hall , Brandeis Univ, Waltham
13 newly created works of electronic and electroacoustic sound and music
Apr 27 – www.brandeis.edu/arts/festival
Thanks to 2007 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

Cyberarts at Beat Research
Enormous Room , 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge
DJ Flack and DJ C, with superDraw and Morgan Packard
Apr 30 – www.BeatResearch.com

CyberPool
Studio Soto , 63 Melcher St, Boston
Electronic and traditional music by artists from Boston and NY
Apr 29 – www.studiosoto.com

Dinosaur Annex: Pioneers & Premieres IV
First Church Boston , 66 Marlboro St, Boston
Donald Berman in a solo recital, featuring works for piano and electronics
Apr 29 – www.dinosaurannex.org

Freex to Geex II
Berklee College of Music , 22 Fenway Rd, Boston
Interactive music and video, including two world premieres
Apr 29 – www.neilleonard.com

Innovative Electro-Instrumental Performance
Non-Event and Inventmusic
Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Live electronic music concert featuring pioneers in electronic instrument design
Apr 21 – www.nonevent.org
Sponsored in part by LEF Foundation

Otherwise Uninvolved Individuals
Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Mass Ave, Cambridge
The premiere performance of this collection of works by experimental composer Halsey Burgund
May 6 – www.halseyburgund.com
Sponsored by LEF Foundation

Sound Show
New England Conservatory , 241 St. Botolph St, Boston
An afternoon of multi-channel electronic sound by NEC faculty and special guests
Apr 22 – www.newenglandconservatory.edu

STEIM Concert
MEME @ Brown , 1 Young Orchard Ave, Providence
Featuring interactive performance pioneer Michel Waisvisz and saxophonist Christine Sehnaoui
Apr 20 – www.brown.edu/music

Syn{a}esthetic
Artists for Humanity Epicenter , 100 West 2nd St, South Boston
Music and video to oversaturate the senses and create new improvisation possibilities
Apr 20 – www.afhboston.org

The Puzzle Master
Spingold Theatre Center , Brandeis Univ, Waltham
World premiere! A multimedia opera that tells the story of Daedalus and Icarus
May 5-6 – go.brandeis.edu/puzzlemaster
With support from the Poses Fund, Norman Fund, and LEF Foundation

Visual Music Marathon
Raytheon Amphitheatre at Northeastern
360 Huntington Ave, Boston
Daylong event featuring convergence of musical composition and moving images
Apr 28 – www.music.neu.edu/vmm


Public Art

It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston
Kanarinka and iKatun
Various locations around Boston
A networked jogging project along Boston's emergency evacuation routes
Apr 21-May 6 – www.arewereadyyet.com

Lumen Eclipse Welcomes You
Lumen Eclipse Public Motion Art Displays
Harvard Square, Cambridge
Projections of Festival dance and music events, in Harvard Square
Apr 1-30 – www.lumeneclipse.com

Public Online Canvas
Cambridge Science Festival , Online
Shape, add to, and alter a work of art via a special online canvas
Apr 21-29 – www.hcs.harvard.edu/tract
Hosted by Tract Magazine


Screenings

40 Years of Video Art
Goethe-Institut Boston , 170 Beacon St, Boston
Screenings and discussion of a vast trove of video shorts from 1963-2003.
May 1, 2, 3 – www.goethe.de/ins/us

Moonwalk: Work-in-Progress
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
18 Mason St, Cambridge
Clea T. Waite's immersive, experimental, computer animated, hemispherical film
May 5-6 – www.clea-t.de/moonwalk.html
Sponsored by Radcliffe Institute and Sky-Scan

Night Visions
Lesley University
1803 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Four evenings of diverse and dynamic video programs and media art
May 2-5 – www.lumeneclipse.com/nightvisions

Practice, Process, Presentation
New England School of Art & Design
75 Arlington St, Boston
Digital video installation and single channel screening of student works
Apr 27 – www.suffolk.edu/nesad/

State-of-the-Art Computer Animation
Cambridge Science Festival
MIT, 70 Memorial Dr, Cambridge
Selections from the recent SIGGRAPH 2006 Animation Festival
Apr 25 – www.cambridgesciencefestival.org


Just for Youth!

CyberArtCentral for Youth
Cloud Foundation , 647 Boylston St, Boston
Festival Saturdays – www.cloudfoundation.org

  • Apr 21 Bigprotochoice
    An organic, volumetric, interactive light/sound sculpture
    Sponsored by Cloud Foundation, Somerville Arts Council, and MIT Arts Council
  • Apr 28 Kinodance Company
    Dance + technology
  • May 5 Neil Leonard
    Electronic music

Bio-Art Self-Portraits
Cambridge Science Festival , 500 Kendall St, Cambridge
Photos by Walnut Hill School students that merge biology and identity.
Apr 23-Apr 27 – www.cambridgesciencefestival.org

Computer Clubhouse Animation Workshop
Computer Clubhouse , Museum of Science, Boston
An informal workshop where young people can create their own animations
May 4 – www.computerclubhouse.org

ZAP!
Museum of Science , Boston
Groundbreaking work for musicians, musical robots, and a 50-foot-high Van Der Graaf Generator
Apr 27 – www.cambridgesciencefestival.org 

 

All programs are subject to change;
see
bostoncyberarts.org for most current information.

 




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