For her second one person show at the gallery, Saya Woolfalk builds a symbolic world that brings new meaning to her investigations of the shifting and relational nature of culture. Video animations, life-sized humanoid figures, real and virtual sculptural objects, textiles, and drawings in vinyl and on paper will fill the gallery in the newest manifestation of her ongoing exploration of hybrid identity, accomplished through an elaborate fiction inspired by her own family background.
Combining elements of African American, Japanese, and European cultures with allusions to anthropology, feminist theory, science fiction, Eastern religion, and fashion, Woolfalk depicts the story of a chimeric species she names the Empathics, botanic humanoid beings with a highly evolved ability to understand the experiences of others.
Since 2012, in exhibitions, performances, and screenings, Woolfalk has presented “artifacts” of the Empathic society and “products” by ChimaTEK (their corporate entity) designed to enable consumers to “explode physical limits” and to “blur cultural boundaries.”
The exhibition features new works created using both traditional hand-crafted and digital techniques that extend and refine ideas developed during the past year for museum exhibitions and public art displays. Upon entering the gallery, viewers will confront a life-sized figure wearing a dress that interacts with an animated sculpture enabled by an augmented reality app. Among the other works on view are sculptures inspired by spirit masks from Burkina Faso thought to be imbued with an animating protective natural force; wall hangings from the CloudSkins series depicting life-sized fantastic figures digitally printed on French and Japanese silks; and architectural renderings on paper and in an animated video of the ChimaTEK: Virtual Reality Outpost, a structure that Woolfalk proposes to actually build, designed to house a virtual reality chamber where viewers can access the ChimaCloud, which stores the collective symbolic memory of the Empathics.
Sneak preview! Advance screening of the new NOVA special, The Origami Revolution, only at MoMath
The ancient art of paper folding is now at the heart of a scientific revolution, impacting drug development, micro-robots, and even future NASA space missions. Discover how origami is reshaping the world around us as engineers, designers, and scientists uncover the power of folding. Join MIT’s Erik and Martin Demaine along with NOVA’s Senior Executive Producer Paula S. Apsell and The Origami Revolution producer Sarah Holt as we unfold the secrets of origami and explore the high-tech future of this age-old art. Light refreshments will be served.
NOVA’s The Origami Revolution premieres Wednesday, February, 15 at 9:00 pm EST on PBS. NOVA is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS.
Launching Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary season, the citywide exhibition Commercial Break celebrates and expands upon Public Art Fund’s commitment to media-based artwork. The show is inspired by Public Art Fund’s seminal exhibition Messages to the Public, which ran on the 800-square-foot animated Spectacolor light board in Times Square from 1982 to 1990 and displayed artworks by 70 figures including Guerrilla Girls, David Hammons, David Wojnarowicz, Lorna Simpson, Alfredo Jaar, Keith Haring, and Jenny Holzer (her first large-scale LED work). Similarly disrupting the daily flow of advertising that regularly saturates the urban landscape, Commercial Break invites a new generation of artists to create interventions utilizing the latest digital advertising across New York City. These brief interruptions on some of the city’s most highly visible and technically advanced screens will explore issues relevant to the current moment, such as the intersection between technology, culture, and communication; the proliferation of images in our daily lives; and contemporary notions of public vs. private.
Sites for the exhibition include a large billboard in Times Square near the site of the original Spectacolor board; Barclays Center’s “Oculus,” a one-of-a-kind 3,000 square foot, 360-degree LED marquee, which hangs above the main entrance to the arena in Prospect Height; 19 digital screens at Westfield World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan; hundreds of LinkNYC’s Link kiosks in all five boroughs; and PublicArtFund.org, where the work will be embedded as a pop-up “ad”.
Commercial Break artists include:
• Times Square: Cory Arcangel, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Brian Bress, Sue de Beer, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Heather Phillipson, and Martine Syms
• Barclays Center: Meriem Bennani, Kate Cooper, Cecile B. Evans, GCC, Agnieszka Polska, Tabor Robak, and Jacolby Satterwhite
• Westfield World Trade Center: Hayal Pozanti
• LinkNYC: Lucas Blalock, Antoine Catala and Gabriel Kahan, Awol Erizku, Ed Fornieles, David Horvitz, Britta Thie, and Hannah Whitaker
• PublicArtFund.org: Casey Jane Ellison
Organized by Alain Thibault (Artistic Director and Curator ELEKTRA Montreal) and Asher Remy-Toledo & Mark Bolotin (Co-Directors and Curators of Hyphen Hub, New York) | Co-presented with CultureHub
ELEKTRA and Hyphen Hub join forces to bring you a night of extraordinary, immersive multimedia showcasing established and up-and-coming artists from Montreal and New York. The evening explores the creative use of technology and how it can reveal new and provocative visions of the future.
The artist Bardula was asked by Parisian interior designers Gilles & Boissier to create a monumental kinetic light installation in the entrance of Moncler new flagship at 650 Madison Avenue, at 59th Street, Manhattan, launched in November 2016.
“Solaris” is a symmetrical installation made of 24 gold metal blades 13 feet tall that face each other and expand geometrically to form a distorted sphere, creating a magnetic and solar space that we can step into.
Bardula explains: ‘The successive layers of gold and LED light produce a star effect and movement that follows the viewer. This volume represents the centre of our immediate universe – the solar system – and takes the visitor to the heart of the ultimate star: the sun. The individual enters the centre of the world, where radiates the golden light. The space opens up in response to the visitor, immersing him or her in a volume distorted by a mysterious force – his or her own.’
Visible from the street, this installation signals the identity that Gilles & Boissier are seeking for their concept through the collaboration of artists. Here, on Madison Avenue in New York City, Bardula’s work invites passers-by to immerse themselves in a light experience and discover the universe around them.
650 Madison Avenue @ 59th Street
New York City, New York 10022
Beginning Friday, November 4th 2016, visitors to Westfield World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan will be able to do battle with invading space aliens, defy gravity, discover a supernatural gift bestowed upon modern day New York City, and otherwise explore wildly imaginative dreamscapes that blur boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy—and ultimately—between the physical and digital worlds.
In partnership with the premier curators of VR, Tribeca Enterprises, the Tribeca Virtual Reality Arcade at Westfield World Trade Center will, over three weekends in November, present four VR selections that represent the very best of cutting-edge narrative storytelling from the medium’s most innovative content creators. The experiences will be screened on viewing devices that allow visitors to experience film as a 360° total immersive experience instead of on the traditional two-dimensional movie screen.
Presented at no charge, the Tribeca Virtual Reality Arcade will include eight viewing stations open between:
Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 6th | 12-8pm
Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th | 12-8pm
Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th | 12-8pm
Admission will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Jump Into the Light is America’s first Virtual Reality Cinema Experience and Playlab. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy Bowery, VR Cinema goers can view 360 virtual reality films, play immersive vr games in Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and be 3D scanned into Virtual Reality for sharing on social media. Be among the first to experience this world changing revolution!
NY, NY 10003
Join us for the world’s first immersive storytelling Festival. FoST FEST will feature 75,000 square feet of exhibits, over 50 hands-on technology demos, interactive installations, a multiperson VR theater, panel discussions, live performances and much more. We’re also partnering with organizations across New York City to host dozens of satellite events featuring the best in immersive theater, live-action role-playing, escape the rooms, art installations and other interactive experiences. All the world’s a stage, come be a player!
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Pace is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of works by Random International.
An opening reception will be held on at 537 West 24th Street on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6-8pm.