Quantum Natives: Grace Nexus (Brood Ma, Yearning Kru, Rosen) (Brooklyn, New York)

or his first project as 2017 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow, DeForrest Brown Jr. organizes the US premiere of Quantum Natives’ expansive sonic universe. In their debut performance of Grace Nexus, the collective forms a new episode in the rhizomatic Quantum Natives universe, extending their online surface to a live setting. The artists will unite to use video game engine technology, paired with software-based sound design, to sculpt birds-eye and panoramic experiences of merging fictional landscapes, physical, and online spaces, which in turn will be projected in ISSUE’s theater and online.

Grace Nexus takes place as a discrete portal to the Quantum Natives world with the audience positioned as explorers of the “post-scarcity” condition of limitless online content and the idea of grace, the loving gift of divine favor, as a prescriptive measure for reorienting in our increasingly enmeshed online/offline experience. Grace Nexus emerges as a seance or incubator for the Quantum Natives community and an act of tourism into their world.

Conceived by artists/musicians James B Stringer (Brood Ma, Werkflow) and Awe IX (Ornine, Yearning Kru), later integrating Rachael Melanson’s (Rosen) pOrtals’ project and DeForrest Brown Jr’s “Context Collapse,” Quantum Natives is an ongoing expression of online personas and a coherent cartographic experience that suggests an organically growing document as narrative. Established in 2013 as an online world-building platform, the collective focuses on digital music and visual art, all of which takes place in a collaborative, ever changing artwork represented as an online map.

MVR 2.3 Lecture at NEW INC (New York City)

With the decreasing size and cost of computer vision, digital components, and advances in virtual reality, we are faced with a renewed awareness of the impact of current digital practices on the physical body. Returning for its second year, MVR is a lecture event series focused on new forms of exchange between body and technology developed by Eyebeam Alumni Nancy Nowacek and David Sheinkopf, Director of Technology at Pioneer Works. MVR is a platform for sharing projects and ideas concerning these new interactions between body and information, device, and action and explores an expansive breadth of subjects and technologies including Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, robots, video games, choreography, and machine learning. Speakers represent a wide spectrum of expertise—coding, dance, anthropology, furniture design— and have included Gene Kogan, Liat Berdugo, Amelia Winger, and Daniel Temkin.

Moving Image New York 2017 (New York City)

Moving Image is very pleased to announce the launch of Moving Image Immersive Media (MiiM), a new arm of the Moving Image brand devoted to promoting artists creating in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies.

Moving Image New York 2017 will take place February 27 – March 2, 2017. Located in the Waterfront Tunnel event space between 27th and 28th Streets with an entrance on 11th Avenue in Chelsea. Moving Image will be free to the public and open Monday – Wednesday, February 27 – March 1-5, 11–8 PM and on Thursday, March 2, 11-4 PM. An opening reception will take place Monday, February 27, 6–8 PM.

Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Participation is by invitation only. The newly formed Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee for New York 2017 is inviting a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions to present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, immersive media, and other larger video installations.

Teknopolis 2017 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (New York)

Curated by BAM Education

Algorithms ignite and formulas are felt in this stellar showcase of interactive technology. BAM’s first-ever tech takeover features three floors of innovative installation pieces that bridge the arts and digital media to inspire kids and parents alike.

VIRTUAL ADVENTURE ROOM
Curated by Future of Storytelling
Take a virtual reality dive into fantasy forests, office cubicles, artist’s studios, and two original VR films in this room full of immersive technology, where paintings come to 3D life and everyone’s the hero of their own story. Featuring Google Tilt Brush, Job Simulator, Quiver, Wuwu, Rain or Shine, Turning Forest and INVASION!

XYZT
ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES
Adrien M & Claire B
Letters blow like leaves off trees, shifting sands respond to your lightest touch, and clouds mold to your shadow in this series of 10 dreamlike installations, each a unique encounter with a different digital landscape.

LUMARCA
Matt Parker, Josh Holtsford
With just a computer, a projector, some strands of string, and a Microsoft Kinect system, this deceptively simple installation creates your digital avatar and launches it into 3D space.

POP N’ LOCK DANCE MACHINE
Catshrine
Karaoke for the movement-inclined. This fun-filled installation allows participants to select their dance, choose some animated backup performers, and put on a show to the hottest tunes.

EXP. INST. RAIN.
Balam Soto
Part instrument and part installation, this tactile experience gives users an opportunity to “play” sound and light together by touching different points on a wireless cube.

Saya Woolfalk: ChimaCloud and the Pose System (New York City)

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.

Advance screening of the new NOVA special, The Origami Revolution, only at MoMath (New York City)

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.

Commercial Break (New York City, New York)

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

Hyphen Hub Presents “Visions of the Future II” (New York City, New York)

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.

Tribeca Virtual Reality Arcade at Westfield World Trade Center (New York City, New York)

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.